new year’s eve activity for kids: “my favorites for 2013″ banner

by Barb on December 28, 2013

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This New Year’s Eve activity for kids is a simple yet fun way for you and your kids to remember the old year while ringing in the New Year. All you’ll need is a piece of canvas drop cloth from the painting department at your local Home Depot or Lowe’s, and Sharpie Permanent Markers or Fabric Markers. Then, start sharing memories with this New Year’s Eve party idea for kids! Kids can write or draw their favorite things from 2013 depending on their writing skills.

New Year's Eve Activity for Kids


The cost of supplies for this New Year’s Eve activity for families was about $30. You can use the other half of the canvas drop cloth and the markers for another project. Set this art activity up in an area where the kids can work undisturbed.

How To Create Your “Favorites for 2013″ Banner

  1. Cut the 4 x 15 foot canvas drop cloth in half creating 2 pieces approximately 7.5 feet in length and 4 foot wide.
  2. Lay one half out either on the floor or a large table. If you’re concerned about the markers bleeding through the drop cloth, lay a protective layer down first.
  3. Set out the Sharpie permanent markers or fabric markers. Depending on how hard the kids press down with the markers, you may not be able to reuse them for another project.
  4. Draw a big “2013″ in the middle of the canvas, and turn the writing and drawing over to the kids.
  5. You can also lay the drop cloth on a table, and use this activity during dinner to keep the kids at the table while everyone finishes eating.

Since I have 5 kids from ages 17 down to 5, I have kids who can write, and ones who can only draw. This activity for kids provides all of my kids an opportunity to participate at their own level. Once we’re finished, we can hang the banner up in our basement for the kids to look at throughout the year. Or, we can use the banner as a ground cloth for a family picnic during the summer.

New Year's Eve Party Menu

This is just one idea for the ultimate New Year’s Eve Party menu! We’ve got your whole plan set for you! Here’s the complete list of recipes and ideas to make your party amazing:

Amazing Appetizers:

NYE Steak Bites: Cindy from Whatever Works
Baked Brie: Erica from No Sleep Til College
Antipasta Bars: Lindsay from Naughty Mommy
Sausage and Cheese Crescents: Lauryn from A Vintage Mom
Brown Sugar Sausages: Carrie from Chockababy

The Perfect Sweet:

Pumpkin White Chocolate Tarts: Heather from Real: The Kitchen and Beyond

Memorable Activity for Kids:

New Year’s Eve Ideas for Kids: Barb from A Life in Balance


Check out the whole party plan and let me know what you’ve got planned for the New Year!

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Barb Hoyer has written 3938 posts.

After working in the fundraising world for over ten years, Barb is an avid runner, writer, photographer, parent volunteer, and lover of dictionaries and thesauruses. Wife to an engineer and mom to 5 kids, Barb lives in the suburbs of Philly. Her idea of relaxation is an afternoon on the couch with a stack of books.

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Cindy December 28, 2013 at 8:42 am

Oh Barb, this is a GREAT idea! I think I’m going to try it this year!! Thank you!
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Reply December 29, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Love the banner idea. Wish I’d thought of that when my kids were here. recently posted..Skillet Hoppin’ John


tessa December 29, 2013 at 11:48 pm

Thank you – I needed a new idea for our New Year’s celebration!
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Erica December 30, 2013 at 10:31 am

Great idea. We have rolls of butcher-type of paper this would be perfect for. And, we have a few kids ranging in ages coming over – they can spill this out on the floor and all work together!
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Barb December 31, 2013 at 3:56 am

That sounds like such fun!


Natalie January 28, 2014 at 9:41 am

Great Post :)
Thanks for sharing on Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party this month.
I look forward to seeing you again in the February linky.
Marigolds’ Loft


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