Making noise is always a fun past time for our children and when is a better time to do so then during a New Year’s celebration. This New Year’s craft for kids not only allows your child to use creativity, but also teaches the importance of upcycling and reusing. Have your students bring in their water bottles, emptied and rinsed off for this kids’ craft. You’ll need at least one empty and clean water bottle per student.

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Recommended Grade Level:

New Year’s Eve Noisemaker Supplies:

  • Water bottles, empty and dry
  • Glitter paint
  • Glitter (if more is desired)
  • Festive duct tape or washi tape
  • Bells (about 2 for each noisemaker)
  • Pony beads (for additional noise if desired)
  • Star stickers
  • Curling ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue (optional)
  • Hot glue gun (optional)

Learning About Being Creative:

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Looking for things to do New Year’s Eve with kids? Being creative builds many skills including self determination, math concepts, language development and self confidence.

The New Years bottle noisemaker is perfect for any age and can be modified to meet different needs. This is the perfect fun, kid friendly New Years Eve party idea.

Children can work together on this craft as a kid friendly new years eve project, or work independently and assemble a loud marching band!

In addition to being creative, here are some more ideas for what you can teach about when making the bottle noisemaker :

  • Language development when describing the sound it makes.
  • Math concepts when talking about amount, size, and shapes.
  • Social development working with peers.
  • Self confidence and self expression when making choices.

Your students will love the sparkle of the glitter and the shine of the stars as they work to make their own masterpiece. These noise makers are the perfect way to celebrate the New Year with preschoolers.

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What Can Preschoolers Learn About Upcycling?

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WHEN TEACHING CHILDREN ABOUT REUSING, RECYCLING, OR UPCYCLING, THEY CAN ANSWER QUESTIONS SUCH AS:
  • What else could we make with these empty bottles?
  • What materials could we put in the bottles to hear different sounds?
  • What other things can we use to upcycle and make different projects?
  • Why do we recycle and upcycle materials?

Materials Needed:

  • Water bottles, empty and dry
  • Glitter paint
  • Glitter (if more is desired)
  • Festive duct tape or washi tape
  • Bells (about 2 for each noisemaker)
  • Pony beads (for additional noise if desired)
  • Star stickers
  • Curling ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue (optional)
  • Hot glue gun (optional)
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Why Is It Important For Kids To Be Creative?

Besides the fact that kids love arts and crafts projects, there are so many other reasons you should do arts and crafts activities with your child.

Develop a Child’s Creativity

Arts and crafts projects and party games are a wonderful way to allow your child to show off their creative side.

Repurpose Old Items

The New Year’s bottle noisemaker shows children the importance of taking old materials and objects and creating something new with them. This way the item isn’t sitting in a dump somewhere, taking up space.

Provide Fine Motor Practice

Painting, gluing, cutting, and coloring are great ways to get little fingers moving. Fine motor skills help children feed and dress themselves.

Enhance Language Development

Ask your students questions throughout the craft to explain how they are making it and to use descriptive words and adjectives to describe colors, shapes, textures, and sizes.

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How To Make This Activity:

Remove the lids from the water bottles and make sure the bottles are completely dry on the inside.

Squirt about 2 tablespoons of paint into each bottle (the amount depends on the size of the bottle) and replace the lid. Shake the bottle while turning to coat the inside of the bottle with paint.

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If additional glitter is desired, remove the lid and liberally pour glitter into the bottle. Seal tightly and shake the bottle until all of the glitter has stuck to the paint.

Remove the lid and place the bottle on its side until dry inside.

Once the bottle is dry inside, add bells and pony beads to each bottle to make as much noise as desired. Close the bottle.

This is a perfect time to grab the jingle bells that are on clearance from Christmas to save a few pennies on these fun crafts!

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To avoid having the lid removed and the excess glitter, beads, and bells being poured out, use decorative tape to cover the lid completely.

You can also use a hot glue gun to add hot glue to the top of the bottle before screwing the bottle cap back on to ensure that the bottle cap is secure.

Nothing more shocking while playing with their homemade New Years noisemaker than for the lid to pop off and the beads and bells go flying all over the room!

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Decorate the bottle with stickers. Feel free to let the kids get a little wild with their decorating skills. This will be one of their last craft projects for the year and it’s fun to go all-out with these fun New Years noisemakers.

Cut curling ribbon in lengths approximately 8 inches long. Tie curling ribbon around the neck of the noise makers, making a knot to keep the curling ribbon attached. Use scissors to curl the ends of the ribbon.

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These simple homemade New Year’s Eve noisemakers are so fun to make and to use for ringing in the New Year for your kids New Year’s Eve party.

Even if you don’t let the kids stay up all the way until midnight, they can still celebrate with this simple craft project.

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Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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