Afterschool Express: Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a memorable Christmas with their families!  We were very blessed to be able to celebrate with my husband's family this year in warm Florida while my family was in Colorado enjoying the snow.  Facetime, Yahoo and Skype were great for us all to be in touch with each other and not feel so far way.  

My daughter did this the day after Christmas and it just cracked me up.
 I didn't have the heart to tell her that it's now 364 days and counting down again. 

We're now getting back to normal life a little bit.  My 5 year old has been busy enjoying her new things from Christmas.  To my surprise her Hello Kitty Paint with Water was a big hit and has kept her very busy.  She's going to include them into her Thank you Cards for Christmas .  Now I've discovered you can make your own WaterColor Photos from I Can Teach My Child.  Think we  might be making some Valentine's this year with that idea in mind for our close friends.  Look for that post to come soon.

We've been working this week on getting ready to celebrate New Years.  I found a few cute sites about New Years Celebrations to share with you to help you prepare with your little ones. 

 Here's Emily playing the Graphing Dice Game from 2 Teaching Mommies

New Years Printables from 2 Teaching Mommies
New Years Mickey Mouse Party Printables from Disney Family 
News Years Countdown Ball from The Happy Home Fairy 
New Years Interview from 2 Teaching Mommies too
New Years Resolution Sheet from 30 Handmade Days
New Years Resolution Craft from Nurture Store 
New Years Countdown Goodie Bags from Hoosier Homemade

Thank you Cards from Recycled Wrapping Paper

We tried to use reusable gift wrap this year with gift bags or decorated gift boxes but we still ended up with a few wrapped.  We wanted a few wrapped with paper for our littlest one to experience opening up her first Christmas presents and the paper kept her entertained for quite some time.  We saved the used wrapping paper and my daughter cut out some of the cute pictures and used them for making crafts this week and thank you cards. 

 New Years Sign from Recycled Paper

We also used our used wrapping paper to create something new...  A 2012 New Years Sign.  We tried to find a paper with sparkle to save.  Then we had a little bit of leftover cardboard from new gifts so we reused them into making the numbers for 2012.  My daughter had lots of fun tearing and cutting the paper and gluing it onto the numbers.  Definitely kept her interested in the New Year and now knows the numbers in 2012!  Can't wait to hang it up for our New Year's Noon Party with her friends. 

Here are some fun photos from our NOON New Years Party Pictures

For your own 2012 PRINTABLE see this post!

Happy New Year to you and your family!  May the New year bring you much joy, happiness and amazing memories with your family! 

UPDATE:  Here's my post of Fun Family Games for your New Year's Party! 

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  1. Thanks for sharing these great link - I might even be able to fit one last minute craft with my daughter tomorrow. Happy New Year!

  2. Happy New Year to you too! I know we will be doing some of these links tomorrow too!

  3. Kim - are you really up at 5:06 AM ??? If so, I am wishing you some more sleep in the New Year!

    Thank you for finding these great activities and printables. SO nice to have a last minute project if we need it this afternoon =)

  4. Now..I was not up that late LOL... not sure why it posted the wrong time. The sign worked out perfected for photos and I'll try to post them tonight.

  5. Great wrapping paper sign! I included this on my blog today along with 17 other kids activities! Happy new year!


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