New Year's Resolutions for Kids

New Year's Resolutions for Kids

Tomorrow starts a new year and with it, many of us will be making new year's resolutions. Most of those resolutions last a few months if we're lucky. Then we end up feeling bad about ourselves before forgetting about them all together. Well, why should adults have all the fun? I decided to burden my kids with the pressure of making a new year's resolution. 

They have been excited about the new year, so I explained the concept of a new year's resolution for kids. I asked them if there was something they wanted to do better and this is what they came up with. Picky eater A said she resolved to try everything at dinner. Sassypants B said she would not have an attitude, and rebellious C said she would listen to Mommy and Daddy. I wanted them to remember these resolutions so I decided to make some simple frames where they could display their resolutions.

Read more to see how we did it.

You will need:
  • Colored Popsicle sticks
  • Glue 
  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Decorations for the frame
  • Paper with resolution written on it
  • Ribbon

Have the kids choose four Popsicle sticks for their frame and then assemble the frame using some glue on each end of the sticks.

We let these dry for a few minutes. They don't need to be completely dry to move on to the next step, just make sure to move the frame carefully. The kids can now glue the decorations onto the frame. We used paper shape cutouts, but buttons or jewels would be cute as well. I put some glue in a cup and gave my kids a brush. Much easier for them and less waste than giving them a glue bottle.

When the frames are decorated, let them dry.

When dry, cut a piece of felt to fit over the back of the frame and glue it on.

Print out the resolutions, cut them, and glue them to the felt. Attach some ribbon to the back for hanging. I used hot glue for this step.

Display the frames so the kids remember their resolutions. You may be wondering if I made a resolution frame too. Heck no! I don't need to be reminded of my broken resolution in March. Happy New Year!

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  1. Oh wow Vicky! Just saw this link on my Twitter feed and so glad I've found you! I too have a 4yo (attitude CENTRAL) so can only imagine what it's like with 4yo TWINS :) I am so doing this with Oscar! Wonderful idea! Look forward to picking up more ideas from you! Happy new year to you and your family! Maddy (aka mumma'sboys'mumma)

    1. We have had to point to her little frame a few times already to say "remember you promised not to have an attitude." LOL! Thanks for stopping by Maddy!

  2. I love seeing the photos of your children doing useful projects. Good mom!
    Have a wonderful new year of 2013.

  3. Love it. As they are learning about life, they are having fun and becoming creative. Thank you for sharing this project.

    We may have met by chance...but we become friends by choice.

  4. What a fun activity to stress the importance of remembering our goals! I'll bet even when your kids are teenagers, they'll still remember that one year when they resolved to listen to their parents and not have an attitude. :)

  5. Great idea!! Do come share it with us at our 'Best of 2012' linky party:

  6. What a great idea! I'm pinning this so hopefully I'll remember to do this activity with my boys next New Year.

    New follower :)

  7. That's cute! I'm pinning this to remember it for next year. Maybe this would make my kids like making a New Year's goal. Thanks for the idea.

  8. This is such an awesome idea! So cute and great for helping kids make resolutions. I love it!

    - Jocelyn @

  9. Very cute idea and excellent way to keep those resolutions in plain sight. I have grandkids- twin boys age 4 and 2.5 year granddaughter- who craft with me and I know how much kids love to decorate things like this. Visiting from Diana's link party.

  10. What a great idea to help them remember their goals!! I would love to have you come by and link up to Share It Saturday if you have the chance. Thanks :)

  11. Oh, I love this!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

  12. What a lovely way to display their goals! Thanks for sharing at the Sunday Showcase. :)

  13. Welcome to a new Linky Party for Kid-Focused Bloggers. Monday Kid Corner is a place to share your kid-friendly activities and crafts. Please join us at See you there!