Children's Activities

New Year Back-to-School Activities

It’s almost 2023! Returning to school after a long winter break is great time to refocus kids and reestablish routines. Reflect on 2022 and get back on track after a nice long winter break. Start the new year with simple and helpful ways to reconnect and set the tone for the year ahead. Happy New Year!

Count down with us 10 New Year’s activities that you can do with kids in the classroom and at home.

1. Make New Year’s Resolutions!

Help students to set goals by offering categories like school, home, sports/activities, and friendship.

2. Study New Year’s traditions and cultural history.

Share ball drop footage from iconic locations and firework displays from around the world.

3. Create a “Something New” class bulletin board.

Ask each student to share a single word focus for 2023. Post words on the bulletin board and view the class’s hopes and wishes for the year ahead.

4. Share out highlights from winter break.

Have students Think-Pair-Share to chat about one special memory from their time away from school.

5. Teach hibernation lessons.

Returning to school can feel like coming out of a long winter nap. Study the animals who use the technique to survive the cold dark winter.

6. Create and display firework art work to make the classroom festive.


7. Compile the top 10 moments in the classroom.

Encourage reflection by gathering 10 work samples from each student in 2022, and create a book to send home.

8. Refocus and reset class rules and expectations.

Encourage a fresh start.

9. Have a dance party!

Compile a class playlist and dance. Get bodies moving and celebrate the New Year together.

10. New Year Time capsule.

Find a free printable time capsule sheet for kids to record their favorite movie, book, food, and activity. Save the time capsules until next year.

Stephanie Standley M. Ed. is a mom, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast. She received her undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Psychology as well as a Master of Education-Literacy from the University of San Diego. Stephanie has 12+ years of classroom experience as a teacher and currently supports students in Special Education. She is inspired to use evidence-based practices to educate children in creative and engaging ways.