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Have Fun and Record Memories with this Family New Year’s Activity

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It’s that time of year when we say goodbye to the current year and usher in a new one. It’s a perfect time for a fun, family New Year’s Activity that encourages everyone to record memories from the past as they look forward to the coming year.

It’s the perfect time to pause and reflect on the change:

  • What did I love about 2020?
  • What was difficult about 2020?
  • What am I looking forward to in 2021?
  • Who am I now?
  • Who do I hope to be?

It’s exciting. A clean slate is in front of us and we are ready to write.

A New Year’s Activity for the Entire Family

Pull out the pencils, gather round the table, and enjoy your trip down memory lane together. Then continue the fun by dreaming about the year to come.

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A Walk Down Memory Lane

I love to start this activity by reading the Year in Review printables from the previous years. It is so much fun to remember what our favorites used to be and to check in with our goals from the start of the year.

My kids and I laugh and talk and share details from previous year as we look over our statements from the past.

New Year’s Activity: Looking Back

The end of one year and the beginning of another can be used as a time to reflect and look ahead.

It is a time of wonder, planning, and dreaming.  Everything feels like it gets a fresh start.

I love to take my children with me as we reflect on last year and dream about next year. To help them evaluate and plan, I print out a single page, “A Year in Review”, for them to complete.

We begin with a snapshot of who they are right now as they record a few of their favorite things.

Then we look back. We sit around the table together, sharing memories of the previous year. I love listening to what they remember most.

These conversations about our previous year do my heart good. Sometimes I can be hard on myself, but as I listen to my kids’ laughter and discussion, I am reminded of the many good memories that they will take with them.

New Year’s Activity: Writing Goals

Next, we set goals and declare our dreams for the year to come. I love listening to their dreams. After all, I am still part of making them happen while they are still young.

I store our goals in a file folder and I try to remember to bring it out mid-year. I don’t always remember, but they are there to revisit anytime. In fact, it is always fun to read our goals and memories from the previous years.

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Have a great time connecting with your kids as the year ends.



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  1. Love this, thanks! It helped me decide that every once in a while we need to reach outside our own comfort zone to create magical memories for our children.

    On a related note, thanks, also, for your review of the Universal Orlando Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I’m planning a surprise trip for my children in the spring. I created a Harry Potter advent calendar from a big Hogwarts Lego set, then they gave the rest of the set and the Beaux Batons carriage Lego set as their main Christmas gifts. We’re doing a little HP-type gameschooling for the next few months for math, chemistry, botany and writing, then the surprise trip in early spring as their birthday gifts. (Thanks MyLittlePoppies.com [no, I don’t know her personally] for sharing how helpful gameschooling can be!)

    Thanks for writing and sharing!

    1. Ooops, should have reread it for typos before hitting Submit. It should say “then gave the rest of the set”…

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