DIY New Year’s Eve Hat Kid Craft
The transition to a new year is such a good time to work with kids on their dreams and goals. It is an opportunity to celebrate the year that is coming to a close and also celebrate the vision of the new one to come. Including kids in the festivities of the holidays is a great way to connect as a family. It also encourages creativity and builds self esteem. This DIY New Year’s Eve Hat Kid Craft is a great activity to do ahead of time or even at a party.
Materials Needed for DIY New Year’s Eve Hat Kid Craft
- ooly CHUNKIES Paint Sticks
- White Poster Board
- Marker for Tracing
- Hot Glue
Directions For DIY New Year’s Eve Hat Kid Craft
Start by downloading the free hat pattern and cutting it out.
Trace the pattern onto white poster board.
Cut the hats out of the poster board.
Use the ooly Chunkies (BEST PAINT STICKS EVER) to decorate the hats. This is so awesome because the paints dries immediately so there is no wait time.
Have an ADULT use hot glue to bond the two sides of the hat together.
Add embellishments if desired. This is a fun time to make yarn pom-poms or add trims. Additionally, it would be a great time to add sparkles with ooly Pixie Paste if being done ahead of the party time. The Pixie Paste does require time to dry.
Beth over at Creatively Beth is sharing directions to make matching noisemakers to bang in the new year. Check it out and get ready to use those ooly Chunkies!
Seven Reasons Kids Should Be Crafting
Practice Fine Motor Skills
Many craft projects require the use of fine motor skills to cut, tie knots, paint, color and even apply glue. Crafting provides a great opportunity to work on fine motor skills while creating works of art.
Build Self Esteem
Through the process of creating a craft project, a child works through a series of steps to make a masterpiece. The success of completing steps and having something wonderful to show for it has proven to build self esteem.
Many craft projects that are done by kids in classrooms or groups collectively create a larger work of art. For example. When a group of kids create individual pumpkin crafts – once put together they have a patch. This creates community and inclusion.
Build Social Skills
While actively crafting, often times the fears and worries of talking with others subsides and children (of all ages) find themselves to be more social with those around them,
Craft projects should allow children the opportunity to put their own style or mark into their work. There need to be choices available to successfully promote individuality. Some of these choices include picking colors, crayons vs colored pencils, cutting vs tearing paper and outlining.
Encourages Self Expression
Often times children will express their feelings and thoughts through simple drawing and works of art. Encouraging kids to draw in their journals and add their own elements to projects sometimes offers a release of feelings.
How To Involve Kids in DIY Projects
Do It Yourself projects are a great way to get the kids involved in making decorations. This gives them the opportunity to participate in what their environment looks and feels like – whether at home, school or camp. When kids have been included in the ideas and the creating, they have a sense of inclusion and importance, It is a way to have them learn that their vote counts.
If you are not aligned with your kid’s ideas for decorations because it’s not your look or style, don’t dismiss them. A good way to empower them to continue to express themselves is to allow them to have a large say in how they decorate their own space (bedroom or homework station). If you want to raise your kids to successfully be able to have a style of their own, it starts by giving them a say when they are little.
New Year’s Printables for Kids
If you are looking for some fun printables to do with the kids too, look no further. You can grab these here on the blog.
Cheers to kicking off the new year and celebrating with the kids!