Each year I sit down and make a list of New Year's resolutions, although I just call them goals. After I read that people who create goals are more likely to achieve success, I started helping my kids create New Year's resolutions. It has turned into a fun post-Christmas tradition for our family.
- Age Guideline: 5 Years and Up
- Time Requirement: 30 to 45 minutes
This New Year's resolution craft can be modified to match the abilities of younger and older children if needed.
- Sheet of poster board
- Markers or crayons
- Old magazines or newspapers
- Sticky Tack
Give each child their own sheet of poster board.
Decide how many categories you want your kids to have goals for. For example, I have my kids create spiritual, educational, financial, and personal goals. It may seem silly to have financial goals as a category for younger children, but I believe it is best to start teaching kids about money early on. Keep in mind that the goals should be simple and attainable. So a 5-year-old may have a goal to save $20 by the end of the year, or to save up enough money to purchase a desired toy.
Use a marker and the ruler to section off the poster board so that there is a clear space for each category. I just draw a line straight down the center of the poster board, and then another one straight across the middle of the poster board. That takes care of the four categories I have my kids fill out.
Help your child write the name of each category at the top of the space that is designated for the goals within that category. I tell my children to write the category in bold lettering, and then underline it. You can also use foam letters to create the category headings if you want.
Go over each category one at a time with your child to come up with some attainable goals. Again, the goals (resolutions) will be based on the child's age. My oldest child has an educational goal to write and publish a fiction book by the end of the year. A younger child may have an education goal to borrow a few books from the library on a certain country or time period, just to learn a little bit more about a new culture. There are no right or wrong goals so allow your child to express his ideas. List the goals under the designated category with a marker or crayon.
Give younger children old magazines and newspapers to use to find pictures to place under their category headings if they don't know how to write well yet. A child may cut out a picture of a piggy bank and a $10 bill to illustrate that she has a goal to save $10 by the end of the year. She may glue a picture of a child sharing a toy to indicate a personal goal of playing nice with others.
Set the New Year's resolution poster aside to dry if glue was used.
Hang the New Year's resolution poster up in your child's room using Sticky Tack re-useable adhesive. This way he can review it from time to time to see if the goals are being met.
If you have the time to make your own goals while your child is creating hers, do it. This shows your child that creating goals is important for all individuals, both young and old.