This New Year's Day theme is a mini-theme for preschool. Many preschools are closed for Christmas break during the week leading up to the beginning of the calendar year! However, help your preschoolers ring in their own as well!
Time is a very abstract concept for preschoolers. We know this by their comments about their birthday, such as "I'll be 4 next week." (When their birthday was a week AGO!). The idea of this mini theme is not to teach them about "time" or "time of year", but to understand this widely talked about, one day celebration, at their level.
Preschool children learn through play. Providing hands-on activities in all of the Interest Learning Centers in your classroom with a theme in mind will draw them in to play and learn!
This Mini Theme page is filled with preschool activities and ideas for all areas of your classroom. Let the Year's planning begin!
You can either scroll down through this page to see all of the preschool activities for your preschool classroom or click the link below to go to specific preschool activity types you are looking for.
New Year's Day Theme Art
Glue Paint Pictures
Materials Needed: White school glue; assorted colors of tempera paint; paint brushes; heavy paper (card stock or poster board); glitter
Mix a few drops of paint into each container of white glue. Let the children paint, drip paint onto the paper to make some colorful firework pictures!
When done using the paint, place their pictures into shallow trays and let them generously sprinkle glitter for an extra sparkle!
Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your theme!
10, 9, 8...Countdown
The children may have missed the midnight countdown ;) Let's have one now!
In advance, fill a balloon with confetti and then blow it up. Tell the children that you are going to count backwards from 10 to 1 and then yell "Happy New Year" and when you yell it, a surprise will happen! Practice once or twice and then go for it! Pop the balloon when they are yelling!
If you have little ones who are anxious about noise, simply hold the confetti and throw it in the air!
Months of the Year Macarena
This is a great time to teach the children the months of the year Macarena! Dr. Jean has a great CD with this and the days of the week song.
Snack Recipe Ideas to Cook Up with your preschoolers!
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation!
Ingredients and Items needed: vanilla yogurt, fruit (strawberries, kiwi), orange juice, blender.
Seeing as you are counting backwards to ring in the year today, use that skill here as well.
There is no exact science to making a smoothie. I usually start with about 1/2 cup of yogurt, about 1/8 cup of orange juice and a handful of fruit!
Have each child put an ingredient it. Cover the blender, count backwards from 10 to 1.
New Year's Day Theme activity to help your Preschoolers develop those small muscles in their hands!
Provide many one hole punchers. There are many availble that punch out shaped holes such as flowers, shapes, etc. Let the children "go to town" squeezing these on all different colors of paper. Use the holes to decorate a large banner for your classroom or bulletin board or just to throw in the air!
EXTENSION: For a more organized activity ;) Have the children sort the holes they punch by different attributes: shapes, color, etc.... and THEN throw them in the air ;)
New Year's Day Theme Music and Movement Activities and Ideas to get your Preschoolers Movin' and Groovin'!
Ring in the Year
Provide all of the instruments you have to celebrate. Add a FREEZE parade! Parade around with the instruments until you yell "FREEZE". All the children freeze and stop making noise with their instruments.
Writing Activity Ideas for Your Preschool Classroom's New Year Theme!
New Beginnings, New Words!
Ask the children what new words they would like to learn how to write. Print each word on a card and draw a picture of it next to the word. Place word cards into a box for your Word box for the writing table!
Hey there! Welcome to Preschool Plan It! I’m Cheryl, a preschool teacher of over 20 years.
I KNOW, I know, you spend hours of time developing your preschool themes, activities and preschool lesson plans each week. You are commited to planning preschool themes and activities that are engaging hands-on, interactive, fun AND meet the goal of supporting each child’s level of growth and development.
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