Counting down to New Year’s Day in preschool

New Year CountdownWe spent a little time having fun with New Year’s Day before school was out for the holidays.  We started with a little math by counting down from the number 10!

Each of the children were given their own set of numbers (1 – 10) to organize on their felt boards. Together we found the number 10 and went backwards all the way to the number 1…

And then we shouted “Happy New Year!”

The children then glued their numbers on a sheet of construction paper. I didn’t give any specific instructions as to how to glue the numbers so each child made their own decision as to how they wanted to glue them.  Some of the children chose to glue them in the count-down order…

And others preferred to go with a collage of numbers…

We also made Happy New Year handprint cupcakes….

The children chose what color they wanted each “candle” to be on their Happy New Year cupcakes…

Then the children used their fingers to add a flame to all 10 candles on their countdown cupcake…

One of my students informed me that his cupcakes were actually turkeys 🙂

Well, I guess we made a countdown turkey then! I wonder how turkeys say “Happy New Year?”

By |2011-12-26T07:00:07+00:00December 26th, 2011|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Deb @ Living Montessori Now December 27, 2011 at 8:21 am - Reply

    What great New Year countdown activities, Deborah! I love your countdown numbers and shouting “Happy New Year” after the countdown … your Happy New Year cupcakes are awesome, too! I shared this post and your resolutions post in my Preparing for New Year’s Family Celebrations post at Have a wonderful New Year! 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 27, 2011 at 8:39 am - Reply

      Thank you for sharing Deb. You put together a wonderful list of New Year ideas in that post!! Well Done!

  2. Sue December 27, 2017 at 5:38 am - Reply

    I really like the idea of individual flannel boards for my students to use. Did you make and if so, how? Thank you for sharing.

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