At our house we normally stay up late to ring in the new year. Actually, staying up past midnight is the norm for me and Dad E. We do allow our kids to join us for New Year’s (if they make it). Our New Year’s celebration decorations always include Dollar Tree finds, but that is changing this year. Now that Monkey is older and can focus on crafts longer I want to make some decorations with the kids. The kids and I (and sometimes Dad E) love making holiday decorations ourselves. We treasure the time spent at the kitchen table blaring music, joking, laughing and crafting. Hopefully, as they grow my munchkins remember these times and look back on them with joy.
Today we made 2 noise makers so we can celebrate by bringing the noise. I gave Mikky, who is eleven and a half years old a choice between picking from some crafts I planned out or creating her own. She chose the latter and I think it came out nice.
She made a glass noise maker. Yep, tweens, teens and adults only for this one, but you could easily substitue the old green olives jar with a something like an old peanut butter jar instead. That would make it more little kid friendly for sure.
- a jar
- pony beads, colored macaroni, colored beans, or buttons
- paint (preferably a paint that works well on your jar material, since Mikky used glass her liquid chalk markers worked great)
- lid for the jar or (crafting tissue paper, or some other kind of decorative paper replacement for the lid)
- a rubber band or a ribbon to hold the paper lid in place
Monkey, who is 4 years old, took a different approach to making his noise maker. He picked the following materials:
- two paper plates
- spacer beads (filler for the noise maker)
- old paint brush stick
- paint markers
- assorted beads for decorating
First he poured his spacer beads onto one paper plate.
Next we hot glued the paint brush stick and the two plates together. Once the glue dried and we checked to make sure the plates were sealed together I wrote Happy New Year 2017 on the top plate so Monkey could trace it. After that he decorated it until he was convinced it was done.
After we cleaned off our table again, we practiced making noise with our new crafts. They worked out great. Perfect for each child’s age group.