New Year Activities for Kids in Elementary School

New Year Activities for Kids in Elementary School

Are you looking for great New Year activities for kids in your elementary classroom? Do you want your students to create meaningful goals for this year? Do you want to add some fun New Year activities to your day as your students get back in the swing of things after break? Look no further! I have compiled a list of my most popular resources for this time of year.

My New Year’s Resolutions

new year activities for kids making new year's resolutions
Let your students share what they want to learn, try, change, and where they want to go with this no-prep printable.

Tis the season to make New Year’s resolutions! This no-prep worksheet is ready to print and will have your students thinking about what they want to learn this year, what they’d like to try, what they’d like to change, and where they’d like to go. It’s a great way to reflect on the year ahead. After students complete the organizer, have them add it to their portfolio or share with their classmates. I love this worksheet because it’s versatile and easy to adapt to a number of grade levels and abilities.

New Year Activities for Kids Printable Pack

pack of 9 new year activities for kids
This pack includes 9 ready-to-print worksheets for your students to reflect on the year ahead.

If you want more than just a printable to write about your resolutions for this new year, this pack is a great option! It’s jam-packed with new year activities for kids! Not only can your students reflect on the past year, but they can set goals to focus on throughout the year ahead. Not only does it come with independent activities for your students to complete, but also exit tickets which can get your kids discussing what they write about.

Habit Creating & Habit Breaking Organizers

new year activities for kids for tracking habits
Track new habits in the new year with these helpful organizers.

Many of us think of a new year as an opportunity to have a fresh start. Whether you’re trying to leave old habits behind or introduce new ones, these organizers will help you keep track. Analyze what you need to do more of and what you need to do less of, then log your progress and chart your growth. Perfect for keeping track of those New Year’s resolutions!

Winter Break Writing Activities

new year activities for kids for writing about winter break
Write about your winter break with this low-prep pack.

Do you need a writing assignment for your students once you’ve returned to school from winter break? This is a perfect writing exercise to get started! It includes everything you need to guide your students through every step of the writing process. Your students will have fun recalling details from their winter breaks for this writing project. A great way to kick off writing in the new year!

All About Me Student Book

new year all about me book
Learn all about your students with this ready-to-print autobiographical pack.

The new year is a great time to write an autobiography. Since it’s the same time every year, it makes sense to take stock in who you are, what you like, and where you’re headed. If you have your students create an all about me book as a new year activity, they can refer back to it as a sort of personal time capsule. These pages are ready to print and easy to use no matter what grade level you teach!

Create a Classroom Quilt Set of 12 Squares

create a classroom quilt square set
Create a New Year-themed classroom quilt with these 12 quilt square designs.

Creating a classroom quilt is a great activity anytime of the school year, but especially for the New Year! Make a quilt of your students’ resolutions, goals, hopes, or dreams. Ask them to illustrate a square that represents who they are this year or who they want to become. Have them draw a picture of something they want to learn how to do this year. The possibilities are endless – and I will assure you that you will use this classroom quilt pack throughout the year since it is so versatile!

Goal Setting Organizer *FREEBIE*

organizer for setting goals freebie
Log your monthly and weekly tasks in order to achieve your personal and professional goals.

This freebie is great for students and teachers alike. If you want to keep track of your goals on a monthly and weekly basis, this can keep you on track. I use mine for home and school and it truly helps with task management. The best thing is – it’s free! Download today and let me know what you use it for.

Classroom New Year Activities for Kids

In closing, I hope your year is off to a great start! I am confident that these resources can help make your return to the classroom after winter break a smooth one. As always, I’d love to hear from you about how you’re using them in your classroom. Feel free to contact me today or tag @KatrinasResources on Instagram with pictures of your classroom creations!

Katrina Martin

Katrina Martin is the owner of Katrina's Resources and a B-6 certified teacher in New York State. She specializes in elementary education and curriculum development. You can read her blog at or view her educational resources on

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