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New Year Activity Family Fun

My mom always let us stay up to ring in the new year. Watching the ball drop in the noisy, bright, joyful Times Square was a big deal. For us, New Year’s celebrated family, new hopes, and big dreams.

Here is the thing, though.

I was always relieved to hear the news that somewhere in the world finally had celebrated the dawning of the new year.

That meant I had a good excuse when I fell asleep before the buzz and excitement of the new year FINALLY arriving on the east coast.

Yeah, I was never a real partier. Staying up past 9 or 10 was just as rare for me when I was a teenager as it is now as…much older person.

New Year Family Activity

What I truly love about the New Year is the idea that we have a fresh start, a blank slate. There is so much hope and the refreshing spring is a few months around the corner. All that newness excites me to this day. Set goals. Tomorrow is a new day.

The other piece of the New Year that I embrace fully is reflecting on the past year. I don’t mean dwelling on the “what could have beens” or the “regrets of months past”. I don’t believe in looking back in that way. Move forward, look forward with as much clarity as possible. For me, that clarity comes from reflecting on the past year.

How can I express this idea, the practice to my young children?

Games are a fun way to get to a child’s heart. I figure with a little New Year Tic Tac Toe, we can start a conversation about the joyful moments of 2015. We can reflect on our accomplishments and remind ourselves of what we’d like to achieve for the coming year. Click below for the FREE New Year’s Tic Tac Toe printable!

That is a lot of pressure for a Tic-Tac-Toe game. I think you will see this simple game is one that brings reflection, discussion, laughter, and even a bit of learning.

Enjoy spending time with your family. Laugh, be joyful, and think of the good things to come in 2016.



Marnie Craycroft

Marnie hails from Maine where she spent summers buried in sand and winters buried in snow. She is the daughter of a nearly four decade veteran of the public school systems. Teaching has always been a part of her life. She founded Carrots Are Orange in 2010.

Carrots Are Orange is a Montessori learning and living website for parents and teachers.

Marnie graduated from Wesleyan University in 1999 with a BA in Economics. She spent nearly a decade working in investment management. In 2006, she earned her MA in business from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business.

Marnie moved to the west coast in 1999 and currently lives in Boulder with her husband and three sons. She is Montessori trained. Her work has been featured on Apartment Therapy, Buzzfeed, PBS Kids, BabyCenter, the Melissa & Doug blog, Huffington Post, and Besides writing, passions include running (usually after her three sons), photography, and outdoor adventures.

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