I hope everyone had an enjoyable Christmas with their families and friends! We had a wonderful time celebrating as a family, and now we are looking forward to ringing in the New Year!
New Years is such a fun time of year! If you have young children, it can be hard to find fun things for them to do. The last few years, we’ve tried different things to make New Years special for them, as well. We’ve used the Netflix countdown with King Julian (and it was a smashing success!), made our New Years cakes that we may have eaten before our official New Years (sometimes New York New Years is the best way to celebrate) and last year we tried these adorable clock cookies (though mine didn’t look nearly as adorable as the ones from the tutorial).
This year, I’m thinking we’ll add in these countdown clock bags for them to open each hour. To go along with the clock theme, you can say the nursery rhyme Hickory Dickory Dock every time you get to open a new bag. Also, I’m going to teach them the song Auld Lang Syne, the classic New Years song. David Rowe has great suggestions on his website, make moments matter, for teaching the song with school aged children.
If you have younger children at home, here are some tips for teaching the song Auld Lang Syne:
- listen to the song several times
- you can choose an instrumental version, one with lyrics, or play one of each
- print out a New Years themed coloring page for them to color while listening
History of Auld Lang Syne
- written in the late 1700s in Scotland by poet Robert Burns
- Auld Lang Syne means “times long past” (or long, long ago)
See if your children can guess why it’s sung at New Years (it’s asking if we should just forget about the old times and acquaintances).
Here are the lyrics for the first verse and chorus:
Auld Lang Syne
(verse 1) Should auld aquaintance be forgot
and never be brought to mind?
Should auld aquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne
(Chorus) For auld lang syne, my dear
for auld lang syne
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet
for auld lang syne
For more musical New Years ideas, check out my New Years for kids pinterest board!
Happy New Year!