Celebrating New Years Eve with kids is a real eye opener. We've had the baby years - where we didn't just see midnight in, we also saw in 1, 2, 3, 4 and up for the day at 5, the toddler years where our youngest managed to see in the new year and then every single big event of 2012 especially if it happened late at night. We've also gone out for a party at a social club and came home at 10 pm cause the kids were too tired. Last year was the most successful where we went to our friends and the kids had a new years eve party and then when they went to bed us adults played board games and watched TV with the kids sleeping soundly upstairs - this is being repeated this year. One of the fun things we did for the kids was a hilarious Balloon Game and added in some math activities as well.
What you need for our Balloon Game
Using the Balloon Time Helium Tank find out where it is available near you on the Balloon Time Website set it up to inflate the balloons following the easy instructions on the side of the tank.
Take 12 coloured balloons - we used yellow and pink because they looked the brightest according to the kids.
Attach to the nozzle and inflate - Tie off quickly and then either attach your string now or store in a LOW ceiling room as they will rise and I can't tell you the fun I had chasing them around the ceiling of the lounge! I ended up storing them under our breakfast bar whilst I inflated them all.
Attach a LONG string to each balloon and then use the silver sharpie to create some clocks.
We used each time between 1pm and midnight and I made them as easy as possible to read especially for our little ones that are just learning to tell the time.
They were then tied together.
I printed out our activity cards and cut them up ready for the game. I've included a second page of blank cards for you to create your own fun activities for your family.
Playing the Balloon Game
It would be lovely to play this game over a day and I'm sure with older kids you could possibly do it - but the oldest of our little group is only 6 and the youngest just 18 months so it wasn't possible. Instead we set it up mid afternoon and then got playing.
The balloons were released around the room - this is where it is vital that the strings are LONG so that the kids can catch it.
They then had to tell the time - the youngest ones had to find someone to tell them the time and the older ones who could read numbers let us know what number they got, the ones that could read clocks told us the time that they could see.
It was lovely to see the youngest ones asking the older kids the time rather than us adults.
Once the time was found - the matching activity card was found and the kids then had to do the activity.
We had so much fun doing things like dress your mummy like a snowman using a pile of hats, gloves, scarf and carrot that we had put together with the Dad's judging the speed of the activity.
Food and Drink Ideas for your News Years Eve Family Fun Party
No New Years Eve Party is complete without some special drinks - and at this one time of the year I think it's allowed to let a little fizziness into the party - these candy mocktails for kids from Modern Parents Messy Kids are the perfect choice, but for your youngest we used sparkling water instead of a flavoured drink as with the candies as well there was just too much sugar.
We decided that unlike us that would sit down for a meal together with the kids in party mood it was time for some fun party foods for them so here was a little peek at our New Years Eve Party Menu for the Kids.
Sausage Rolls which we made using puff pastry and some sausage meat in the shape of stars
Filled Potato Skins
Cucumber Stars, Cherry Tomatoes, Carrot Sticks
Marshmallow Star and Snowflakes
Glittered Fairy Cakes
Other Game Ideas
We decided to go with simple, traditional and easy games for the group - we played Musical Statues, Sleeping Lions, and Musical Chairs. Plus we danced lots and lots - which meant that by the time it was their bedtime all of them went to sleep and slept through till morning (or maybe that's just our wish for the new year!)
This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Balloon Time