I'm pretty certain that our enthusiastic celebration of the new year could've rivaled the revelers in Times Square! The children got lots of wonderful gross motor movement as they learned how to twirl can-style noisemakers.
It was a little challenging to master the circular motion needed to make the noisemakers work, but once we figured it out, it was extra noisy fun!
Taking big breaths and blowing hard were two skills the children worked on as we celebrated with roll-out party horns. Using a horn like this might seem easy for an adult, but for a child, it takes some big lung and diapraghm power.
We searched for words to describe the big, joyful noises we were creating- "rattle," "shake," "boom," "toot," and "hoot" were all great ones.
We also talked about making resolutions in the new year. One child mentioned being "nice" to friends, while another said he wanted to "hug mommy each day." I think those are resolutions we can keep. We asked our littlest member what her resolution was... she didnt answer, but we bet that hers is to grow like a sunflower!