New Year’s Resources and Activities for the Classroom

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Bringing In the New Year With Your Students
Emma (Teach Starter)

Written by Emma (Teach Starter)

It seems that the holidays have come and gone faster than ever. It’s now time to think about the year ahead and start planning some fun and engaging lessons for your students for when they return from break! We know that New Year’s resources and activities are at the top of your planning list, so why not let us help you out?

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New Years Resources and Activities for the Classroom - Party Hat

We’ve come up with a lot of exciting resources to get you and your students excited about the year ahead!


New Year’s Resources and Activities

Whether you’re all about the celebrations or you love to explore the traditions and motivations behind New Year’s Eve – there’s something for everyone.

New Year’s Photo Booth

Set up your classroom to celebrate the new year with our fun New Year’s Photo Booth Props! The teachers in the Teach Starter office had WAY too much fun testing these out – we guarantee your student will love them too!

New Years Resources and Activities for the Classroom - Photo Booth

Create a bulletin board display out of these fun print-outs!

Or, if you’re teaching remotely, why not send them to your kids to cut out for home?

You can also have your students decorate their very own Funky New Year’s Party Hat to wear for the day. Simply punch holes in the sides and use string to attach them to your students’ heads.

New Years' Party Hat


New Year’s Party Time

Maybe you’re feeling a little like kicking 2020 to the curb and bringing in 2021 with more of a class party!

New Years' Charades

Your class can wear their funky party hats while playing a game of New Year Charades. And those learning from home don’t have to miss out either! Why not email each remote-learning family a choice from the charade game for them to act out on camera?

Use our Digital Learning Background – New Year to send some New Year’s fun to your remote students.

New Years' Activities - Digital Background

Another great way to spread the New Year cheer is by asking your students to send a New Year’s Pop-Up Card to a friend or family member. Or why not have them choose a special staff member at the school to send it to?

New Years' Activities and Resources


All About Traditions and Resolutions

New Years’ isn’t all about enjoying the fun of celebrations. Some teachers also like to ask their students the question – why, exactly, are we celebrating?

New Year’s resources and activities that reflect on the year gone by are a great way to prepare for the year ahead. The act of reflecting also gets students super excited to dream about goals and resolutions for the coming year!

We love flip books here at Teach Starter! Help your kids dive into the meaning behind the message of ‘Happy New Year’ with our New Year’s Flip Book.

New Year's Flipbook Template

This template is perfect for students to set New Year’s goals and practice mindfulness! Combine it with the New Year’s Goals Template to really draw out your students’ hopes and dreams for the new year.

Younger students may like to visualize their dreams for the year ahead with the My Hopes and Wishes Jar TemplateThese jars would look so cute as a bulletin board display along with the Our Hopes and Wishes Display Banner!

You can’t look past our all-in-one booklets for early, middle, and upper-year students either:

Want to explore the themes behind New Years’ in even more depth? Or how about getting your students to empathize with how others might view New Years’? Then you will definitely want to take a look at our Character Analysis: New Year’s Activity – it does both!

New Year's Activities - Character Analysis

In this thought-provoking activity booklet, your students will analyze a character from a narrative text and infer how they would celebrate the new year. It’s a fun way for students to get extra practice with this important metacognitive skill!


Don’t forget to do some reflecting and goal setting yourselves, teachers!

New Year's Activities and Resources

From all of us here at Teach Starter, we wish you and your students a safe and prosperous new year!

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