Do you believe in magic? I know my kids do and it honestly makes my life a little happier. Anytime is the perfect time for make believe and magic. Celebrating the New Year with your children brings along traditions and memories. This crumpled paper wand is a perfect diy New Years activity for kids. If your children can make it to midnight, which normally I CANNOT, they can use their New Year’s wishing wand to bring magic into the upcoming year.

– Life Over C's Work on fine motor skills with a simple paper craft wishing wand for new Years

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Materials for the New Years Wishing Wand Craft for Kids

  • Popsicle Stick
  • Tissue Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Creating a Wishing Wand New Year’s Craft for Kids


The Wishing Wand Craft is not only a great New Year’s Eve idea for kids, it also can help children answer questions like:

  • Why did you choose that color for your wand?
  • What could we do with this wand?
  • If you could grant a wish or perform magic, what would you do?
  • What are other ways we could make this craft?
– Life Over C's Work on fine motor skills with a simple paper craft wishing wand for new Years

Making Preschool New Years Crafts

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Making paper crafts with preschoolers is a simple way to engage your students’ creativity and imagination. This wand is one of many preschool crafts. As you may know, crumpled paper is easy to make and a simple craft idea for toddlers to enhance their fine motor skills.

  • Fine motor skills help with using a fork.
  • Kids use fine motor skills to write their names.
  • Pinching fingers helps with zipping and buttoning.

Benefits of Creating New Year’s Crafts for Kids

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.

Increase Self Esteem

Children that can express themselves and create what makes them happy will gain self confidence and want to try new things.


Deciding what to create and which materials they will use to make their masterpiece encourages brainstorming and cognitive skills. Exploring how to make a wishing wand builds upon prior knowledge and what might/might not work.

Vocabulary Development

Describing their craft or activity can increase vocabulary and observation skills. Have your child talk about color, size, texture, and shape.

Maintaining Math Skills

Your child can practice math skills including spatial awareness, length, and geometry by creating different crafts and projects.

– Life Over C's Use crumpled paper to create a simple fine motor paper craft for kids for New Year's Eve party

How To Use This Kid-Friendly New Year’s Eve Craft:

How to make crumpled paper: cut up little bits of craft paper. You can use scrap paper from previous crafts, old wrapping paper, and crepe paper.

Have your students crumple the pieces of paper into the shape of a ball. They can crumple the paper into small balls until they have enough crumpled to create the wishing wand craft.

Your students will enjoy gluing their crumple paper balls onto the 5-point star cut that you created after crumpling the paper with your students. This 5-point star will go from having a plain craft paper theme to being textured with a variety of crumpled craft paper colors. This is a great activity for preschoolers to learn about colors, shapes, and texture.

How do I Make a New Year’s Crumpled Paper Wand?

If you’re ready to get started with this simple preschool craft then all you need is a few simple supplies and the instructions below.


Step 1:

You can use all the scrap craft papers for this craft. Select different colored craft papers and cut them into small pieces. Try keeping the size relatively even.

Step 2:

Take a paper cutout and crumple it into a small ball shape. Crumple enough papers to complete the craft.

Step 3:

Draw a 5-point star shape on a piece of paper and cut it out nicely

Step 4:

Attach the crumpled paper balls to the star-shaped paper. We started to add the crumpled ball shapes from the center of the star, but you can start from any point.

Step 5:

Continue to add the crumpled paper balls until the whole star shape is filled nicely.

Step 6:

Attach the crafted star to a popsicle stick.

Step 7:

Cut out some paper strips and attach them to the backside of the star.

Let your child use their wishing wand to make dreams come true throughout the New Year.

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– Life Over C's Work on fine motor skills with a simple paper craft wishing wand for new Years

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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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