Preschool Activities and Printables

Happy New Year Garland

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Let your child practice their handwriting (both letters and numbers) on this fun HAPPY NEW YEAR! Banner.  It’s simple to make, and (depending on their age) your kids can help every step of the way!

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You’ll need

  • Paper to recycle
  • String
  • Gluestick
  • Marker
  • Circle punch(*) or scissors


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Start by making lots and lots of circles.  The possibilities are kind of endless when it comes to what to use – we used greeting cards we didn’t need to hold onto, old science books, a magazine and a paperback book from the “free” bin at the thrift store.  You could also use tissue paper, wrapping paper, take out menus, junk mail, paint samples whatever!  (When it comes down to it, you could even use construction paper or scrapbooking paper – but part of the beauty of this project is the mis-matched look it delivers – so I’d encourage you to mix it up!)

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*I made our circles with my new 2 ¼” circle punch (which is awesome and I cannot recommend enough).  This beauty will slice easily through 3 or 4 sheets at once, and kids can help – no exposed blades or anything.  If you don’t have the luxury a circle cutter, you could cut the circles by hand, tracing a cup.

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Your child can pick out a bunch of favorites before you move to the next step.  It’s fun to sort through them and see what you’ve got!

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To start making your garland, cut a length of string to whatever length you want your garland.  You’ll glue the circles to each other, sandwiching the string in between them.  Using a gluestick ensures the project will dry nice and flat.  Work as a team with your child – there’s a lot of decision making, with all those circles!

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Leave a small space in between the circles as you go.

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When you complete a long chain, you can write “H-A-P-P-Y N-E-W Y-E-A-R” on one and “2-0-1-3” on the other.  Great practice and holding a pen correctly, practicing letters, and learning to do things in a process.

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The last step is to find a good place to hang it!

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We had SO many circles left over – I guess we got carried away!  They might find their way into another craft, but more likely we’ll fill our pockets with them before our City’s New Year’s Day parade.

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