Seeing Circles for the New Year

Here's your nightly math! Just 5 quick minutes of number fun for kids and parents at home. Read a cool fun fact, followed by math riddles at different levels so everyone can jump in. Your kids will love you for it.

Seeing Circles for the New Year

December 30, 2013

It’s  New Year’s Eve! Break out the party hats, noise makers, and math to celebrate 365 days gone by.

Creating New Year’s Crowns

The end of the year marks the end of the Earth’s full-circle travel around the sun, so why not create a circle theme for the day. Everyone can make and wear circle crown hats out of construction paper to celebrate the big day. Decorate them with circle beads, stickers, round noodles, cereal, or other items that you may have around your house. Older children may like the challenge to put 365 of an item on their crown, or even one item to count by fives. You can also use this time to discuss the year’s crowing achievements and highlights.

Circular Cuisine for Your Celebration

To celebrate the last dinner of this year, brainstorm with your family about circular foods that will make a delicious meal. Many years we have bought mini bagels and made a variety of fun pizza bagels to feast on. In addition to this, you can chop up veggies with your little helpers into circles, or make a pancake breakfast for dinner. Whether your kids like wagon wheel pasta with round meatballs or pie for dessert, the theme will make for a fun and festive meal.

Circle Activities Galore

Why not do something different and head outside for a New Year’s Eve parade? Buy some of the dollar glow bracelets at the store and celebrate the night by playing with the glowing items. Kids will love twirling around (more circles!) and watching each other’s colorful trails.

If you want to be a little more adventurous, put the glowing circles on a string, spread out, and let the glow bands fly. You’ll have your own laser light and fireworks show. The kids can whirl them around in figure eights, circles, and other shapes to see how they look in the dark setting.

Think outside of the box and just do something out of the ordinary. If there’s snow outside, say goodbye to 2013 snowball with a late-night snowball fight. Blow up a bunch of round balloons and play indoor games with them. Race to see who can get their balloon filled first or with the least number of puffs of air.

And, of course, be sure to practice counting back to the new year like they do in Times Square. Once you get to Happy New Year toss the balloons or maybe some confetti into the air.

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Beth Levine

Beth is a mom of two young boys in the Capital Region area of New York. She blogs at and can be found on Twitter via @TheAngelForever. Beth is a lifelong learner and educator that is always looking for new and fun ways to get kids thinking.

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