The phrase “what a year” has taken on a whole new meeting ever since 2020. After the past couple of years teachers have had, everyone can surely welcome 2023 with open arms! Balloons always come to mind when I think of a celebration, and so this New Year’s resolution writing craft is a timeless activity perfect returning after the winter holiday.
New Year’s Balloon Writing Craft
If saving time and money is going to be up there on your list of resolutions, this is a resource that you can use year after year! It is updated annually so that you’re able to share it with each new class.
Students write their resolutions down on these New Year’s balloons.
New Year’s Bulletin Board
It makes for a festive bulletin board and gives the kids a visual reminder of their resolutions. Here is one from a past year:
Where Can I Get These?
If you’d like for your class to make these New Year’s Resolution balloons, you can get the templates here on my website or on Teachers Pay Teachers. You only have to purchase once, and then you’ll be able to get use out of it multiple times when you re-download the updated version every new year.
It includes bulletin board letters (in black, or your choice of color depending on what paper you use). The letters can be cut out and arranged to say, “Soaring into 2022.” I also had some teachers who were interested in using these balloons in their dual immersion classrooms, so this same craft and bulletin board letters are available in Spanish too.
Happy New Year to You!
When doing this activity, this is a message I’ve always liked to share with students:
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world.” -Neil Gaiman
Always a good little reminder for ourselves as well! Looking back, the year was full of challenges but also lots of learning and love. Cheers to a new year ahead, and may yours be filled with blessings!