These New Year's Eve Countdown Bags have become one of our favorite holiday traditions! My kids don't have any trouble staying up until midnight but they do get bored and need activities to keep them entertained (and not on electronics). These bags are so easy to put together and use small, stocking stuffer type goodies. I have almost as fun making these as the kids do opening them!
How to make New Year's Eve Countdown Hour Bags
We love having a fun family night for New Year's Eve. I make sure these bags are put together early in the day (or even the day before) so they are ready to go at 6 pm when the kids get their first bags. Both kids get a new bag every hour all the way through 11 pm. I put in a mix of small activities or candies to keep them busy for a little while. For example, the fun finger eyes above, I might also include a little note that would encourage them to create a movie with the iPhone using the googly eyes as the characters. While these New Year's Eve countdown bags create a lot of excitement, they take very few supplies to make. You just need plain paper lunch bags and a Sharpie. I got a little fancy and printed out the times on a piece of printer paper and taped them on the front. You can make these as easy or elaborate as your crafty little heart desires! Fill them with little trinkets. You can check out the types of things I like to fill the bags with on this Stocking Stuffer Pinterest Board I created. Party City is also a great place to pick up fun little doodads. Other ideas for things to put in the bags:
• Stick on mustaches with a card that tells them to get dressed up like a business man and create a character. Then have them pretend to finish up one last job before the clock strikes midnight. I don't know about your kids but mine are great with impressions and accents. They will use their imagination and put on a fun little show for the whole family.
• Some “party animals” (plastic animal toys with some metallic garland around their neck) and a cd (or Spotify playlist) of our favorite dance songs. It would tell them to get their dance on. Then we would try to guess, if animals danced, which animal would be the best dancer. Come on, this is good for at least 10 minutes, right?
• Another bag could say something like “Waiting for midnight sucks” and then we would drink root beer floats. I get it. Totally unclassy use of the word suck. But its a play on words. But you can totally use another word if your family doesn't say suck. The activities are a mix of things the kids can do together, and a few for us to do with them. There are things for them to do by themselves and for them to be imaginative together. I always over do it on the treats though. One or two max is really all you need! When they are full, close them up and hide them in your closet so the little vultures can't try to shake them and hold them up to the light to see what is inside…Your kids will LOVE these New Year's Eve Countdown bags! They are a quick and easy way to keep you family entertained on New Year's Eve. This was originally posted on December 20, 2012. I've left one old photo so if you are coming over from Pinterest you aren't all, “Hold up, wait a minute.”
Images except for the last one by Bleudog Fotography
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