New Years Craft for Kids: Wishing Wand

This New Year’s crumpled paper wand is a simple craft idea for preschoolers. While this New Year’s craft for kids may be easy to complete, the end result is an elegant wand that your students can bring home to wave around on New Year’s Eve. This paper craft wishing star wand is perfect for your preschoolers to use as a wishing wand for their dreams in life.

This New Years Eve craft for kids is a fun way to ring in the new year with your preschooler!

Listening to preschoolers share their dreams and wishes as they wave around their New Year’s crumpled paper wand will melt your heart.

This classroom activity requires just a handful of supplies, most of which you may already have. Using colored craft paper, popsicle sticks, pencil, scissors and glue your students will create a magical wishing wand.

Making paper crafts with preschoolers is a simple way to engage your students’ creativity and imagination. This wand is one of my 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.

How do you make crumpled paper?

In this preschooler activity, you’ll cut up bits of craft paper to make crumpled paper. I like to use up scrap paper from other crafts that we have done rather than using new paper.

Using the small pieces of paper that you had your students cut, have your students to crumple the pieces of paper into the shape of a ball. You’ll have your preschoolers crumple the paper into small balls until they have enough crumpled paper to complete this New Year’s paper wishing wand.

This easy preschooler craft will keep your students entertained as they create their very own magical wishing wand.

Making paper crafts with kids, such as this magical wand, is an excellent way to encourage creativity, imagination and a desire to wish upon a star! Using easy paper crafts allows your students to expand their creative thinking, problem-solving, and fine motor skills.

Teach Color Patterns

Select a variety of colors of craft paper so that your students are able to make color patterns and a wishing paper wand in colors that resonate with them. Perhaps your students will enjoy a blue and grey New Year’s crumpled wand or a purple and pink wand.

The beauty of this easy preschool craft is that you can use it to teach your students how to create their own color patterns using their favorite craft paper colors.

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.

Work on fine motor skills with a simple paper craft wishing wand for new Years

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.


  • Colored craft papers
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick


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

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

Step – 4:

Attach the crumpled paper balls on 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 on a popsicle stick.

Step – 7:

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

Let your kids tell you their wishes for the upcoming year as they play with their wishing wand.

This is a great way to connect with your preschoolers and hear about their hopes and dreams!

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