In a few days, we will celebrate the beginning of a new year … and a new decade. If you are looking for no-fuss activities for your child to start the year off with, these simple art and math projects fit the bill. They can be offered at home or saved for the first days of school in January.
New Year Handprint Keepsake
golden glitter cardstock
8 ½ x 11-inch cream cardstock
gold sequins, stars, balls, and confetti
gold glitter glue
metallic gold felt pen
Trace your child’s hand on a piece of tan cardstock, or let your child do the tracing.
Help your child cut out the handprints.
Add gold glitter glue and collage items to small containers.
Set the collage items, glue, glue paddle and paper handprints on a table.
Invite your child to glam up the handprints with gold-colored collage items.
Gold glitter and confetti can be sprinkled on at the end for an added dose of glitz.
Let the handprints dry.
Cut a pair of number two shapes from golden glitter cardstock. Download the printable featured later in this post to use as a template.
On cream-colored cardstock, help your child use a glue stick to tack on a number two, the left decorated hand, another number two, and the right embellished hand. Reinforce the shapes with a glue gun if needed.
Add the words “Here I Come” underneath the number 2020 with a metallic gold felt pen.
To introduce a simple version of this art project, a couple of number twos and handprints can be traced onto white cardstock and then cut out. Let your child color the numbers and handprints, and glue them onto a contrasting background.
New Year Countdown Fireworks Picture
This activity gives practice in number recognition and counting down from 10 to 1. It does double duty as an art activity.
Happy New Year printable (download below)
three toilet paper rolls
magenta, yellow and light blue tempera paint
small plates or lids
This “Happy New Year” printable can be downloaded on 11-inch by 17-inch paper, or 8 ½ x 11-inch paper.
This printable was created in PicMonkey and is for individual and one classroom use only.
Paper Roll Firework Paint Project Set-Up
Cut fringes into one end of three toilet paper rolls.
Bend fringes on each paper roll outward.
Pour magenta, yellow and light blue paint into small plates or lids.
Set the paints, paper rolls, and paper on a table.
Ask your child to dip the fringed end of each paper roll into a color of paint and make a firework print on the printable.
Encourage your child to add more prints in each paint color to the page.
Tip: Try this on a practice sheet first.
For more control, fringed ends can be painted with a brush instead of dipped in paint.
To incorporate number recognition and matching practice, ask your child to cover the numbers 10 to 1 with numerical stickers.
These art and math activities will be sure to help your child start the new year off on a positive note. I hope 2020 will be a fabulous one for your loved ones and you!
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© Annette Kaminsky