Books and Activities for the New Year

Common Core Standard (Kindergarten)


  • Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution, Pat Miller
  • P. Bear’s New Year’s Party: A Counting Book, Paul Owens Lewis
  • New Year’s Day, Lynn Peppas
  • The Night Before New Year’s, Natasha Wing


  1. Counting Chart. Make a counting chart for the New Year with your child. On a large piece of paper draw 24 circles and number them for the last hours of the year. Do the same for the last 60 minutes and the last 60 seconds. After discussing hours, minutes, and seconds, decide how you will cross off the time. It might make sense to cross everything but the last sixty seconds off in chunks! Celebrate the end of the old year with this counting activity!
  2. Make Resolutions. Read about resolutions and then make your own as a family. After coming up with joint resolutions, help everyone make a few individual resolutions.
  3. Family Traditions. After reading about celebrations around the world, come up with your own family tradition to start, if you don’t already have one. If you do have one, write another chapter for the book and describe your own tradition!
  4. Start with Good. Start the new year with a good deed. Donate used items, clean out your house, volunteer at a soup kitchen, or make a meal for a lonely neighbor. Finding a way to give to other’s can be a wonderful way to start off the new year in a positive way.

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