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Ring in the New Year with this fun free storytime craft!
New Years presents a fun opportunity to talk about the concept of time with preschoolers.
This fun craft gives children a chance to explore a clock and a fun way to practice counting backwards.
To complete your New Year's Eve Clock and New Year's Eve Ball Drop crafts you will need:
Before you begin, gather all your supplies.
Next, read the story you chose aloud to your preschoolers.
One of my favorites is Squirrels New Year's Resolution by Pat Miller.
This story follows a little squirrel that is trying to decide what his New Year's resolution will be. Along the way he helps his friends in many ways.
This story is a great example of how we can be helpful and kind to one another.
After the story, ask children what they know about New Years.
In addition to talking about resolutions, this is a wonderful time to talk about both the concept of time and counting backwards (to midnight).
This printable pack includes a full page of directions for each craft.
Once complete encourage your preschooler to rotate the hands on the clock! Demonstrate what midnight looks like on their clock.
The ball drop craft is an excellent time to practice counting backwards!
Extend the fun!
Add your newly created clock and ball drop to your block center!
Invite your preschooler to recreate Times Square with blocks, people, and their newly created clock and ball drop crafts.
Build skyscrapers (there are some fun skyline block sets available or use your wooden unit blocks) and add your clock and ball drop to the scene.
Gather all the people for the New Year's Eve Countdown and Ball Drop!
We like these Family Counters from Learning Resources. They come in a variety of sizes and colors.
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...
Happy New Year!!
Enjoy these storytime crafts with your children, and best wishes for the New Year!
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