New Year’s Eve, the biggest day of the year, is a time for celebrating a year’s past and ringing in a new. Here are some ways to keep the kids busy while partying with friends and family.
Pop the Fun
This is sure to be a hit. Make a list of favorite video games, apps, board games, or crafts that the kids like to do. Put each suggestion inside a balloon and blow the balloon up. Place the balloons somewhere that the kids can easily get to and each hour, leading up to midnight, let them pop a balloon to decide the next activity. Kids will be occupied while mom and dad mingle.
Parents will feel at ease with YouTube Kids. This is a free app where kids can discover, learn, and entertain themselves with videos and channels they love. YouTube has already filtered the content to be appropriate for children so parents don’t have to worry. However, parents can still set limits on what they want their kids to view.
YouTube Kids gives children the freedom to watch all their favorite YouTube Kids celebs like Ethan Gamer TV, Geek Gurl Diaries, and even Mother Goose Club.
Hungry Hungry Hippos
This beloved board game has turned virtual with the Hungry Hungry Hippos app that can be downloaded onto any smart device. It works best for a tablet so multiple kids can touch the screen at one time. Up to four people can play and, like the board game, the objective is to collect the most mangoes and bananas by tapping on the hippo’s heads.
To make this experience more fun, plug your smart device into the TV to project the game on the big screen. Create teams of parents and kids to get everyone involved.
Make a Movie
While parents are partying, kids can make a movie using a smart device. Kids can use the camera on a smartphone or tablet to record segments, then upload the videos to iMovie or Movie Maker. Recreate scenes from favorite movies or even attempt a mannequin challenge. Kids can learn by using the tools on Movie Maker to edit, format, and transform their videos into a potential Cannes favorite. One day.
The simplest of ideas for the youngest of those celebrating. Keep it tech with Toonia Colorbook, Kids Doodle, and more, or find New Year’s printables to keep their little hands busy. Most apps give the opportunity to save the picture so it can be admired for longer than the evening. Once it’s saved, print it out so they have a keepsake from the first day of the year or potentially their first time making it to midnight!
Kimberly Lewis is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s Degree in education. She taught science at the Warren County Alternative School before choosing to continue her love of writing as a freelancer while at home raising her two children.