New Year's Resolution Activities

Instructor: Elisha Madison

Elisha is a writer, editor, and aspiring novelist. She has a Master's degree in Ancient Celtic History & Mythology and another Masters in Museum Studies.

When New Year's Eve comes around, it is fun to inspire kids to set up their own resolutions. This lesson discusses different activities for New Year's resolutions geared toward varied grades.

New Year's Resolutions

New Year's resolutions are believed to have begun during Babylonian times when right before the beginning of the new year, people would worship and promise the gods things that they would do for the new year. They did this in hopes of winning favor with the gods. This translates to how we celebrate today with New Year's resolutions or things we want to do better for the new year. This is always fun to do with students during the holidays since they are usually feeling restless at this point.

K-2 New Year's Resolution Activities

Although kids at this age do not necessarily understand the reasoning behind resolutions, there are still ways to arrange activities for this event. Craft-related activities work especially well for this age group.

Resolution Jars

Have kids bring in an empty jar with a lid from home. This could be anything, a pickle jar or even a baby food jar. Have the kids decorate it on the outside with glitter, glue, scraps of paper, or anything else they find pretty. Once the decorations have dried, make sure they put their name on the jars. Now the fun begins: Have the students take several strips of paper and write resolutions on each one. These may be family resolutions, school resolutions, friend resolutions, personal resolutions, and/or things they would like to accomplish in the coming year. Have the kids put their strips in the jar. Once every couple of weeks, have the kids review their strips, and if they accomplished a resolution, have them pick a prize. Candy usually works well, but stickers are good too.

Resolution Mobiles

Fish Mobile

This is a fairly simple activity where students take a hanger, pieces of shaped construction paper, and string and create a mobile that can be hung up all year long, reminding the students of their resolutions. Have students create as many or as few resolutions as they like, perhaps one resolution per one piece of shaped paper. Connect the string to the paper, then to the mobile. After tying the string, dotting the knot with glue can help with reinforcement.

3-6 New Year's Resolution Activities

At these ages, children are at the point where they can become more creative with making their New Year's resolutions.

Collage or Dream Board

Instead of simply writing ideas for resolutions, it's fun for kids to create a board full of images that symbolize what they want to do and see in the new year. Kids should start with a hard back base like cardboard then decorate it with inspiring words, pictures from magazines, newspapers, or things they have printed from the internet. All of them should focus on New Year's resolutions. This activity is crafty but also requires some thoughtful research.


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