I turned to Pinterest for some help and found several ideas on creating a balloon activity time countdown and thought the idea was fun and simple enough to try. The idea is to write an activity on a piece of paper, put it in a balloon, blow up the balloon and then write a time on it. When the time comes one child pops the balloon, reads the activity and the group sets out to do it!
We had 5 kids with us ranging in age from 3-11 and decided to start our countdown at 7:30 with activities every 45 minutes until 11:15. Here are the activities we decided on:
7:30 - Puzzles
8:15 - Board Game
9:00 - Make your own sundae
9:45 - Glow Stick Trampoline Jumping
10:30 - Wii Dance Party
11:15 - Go outside and wish the neighbors Happy New Year with noisemakers
We finished off our evening ringing in the new year with a balloon drop and a sparkling cider toast!
It was quite a bit of fun and will certainly be added to next year's celebrations!
Happy New Year everyone!