New Year's Resolutions often involve more exercise or sporting activity - so why not get the kids to record their plans with a picture! It would be nice to think that, having drawn themselves playing sport or exercising, they are more likely to carry through...
New Year Writing and Drawing Frames
The idea behind our New Year Writing and Drawing Frames (many of which were previously only available in our Shop as our New Year Doodle Fun product) is that you can use these printables to look back on last year as well as look forward to, plan for, and set some goals for, the new year. You will find a mixture of pages that can be used with all ages of kids, for some imaginative drawing or writing - either at home or in the classroom. You could work through the whole set or pick and choose and just have a go at one or two.
When the pages are complete, can I suggest that you date them and store them away carefully? It's so much fun to look back on these at the end of the year, and keep them going on a yearly basis as an on-going project. That way you can see just how your children develop, and their goals and ambitions change.
Use this printable to help children think about the ways in which they can build friendships - either in general or with a specific friend.
When making plans, whether at the New Year or any time, it is always good to think about charitable giving and helping others.
Kids can have fun imaging and drawing an outfit that they would like to wear this year using our fun printable. Hang it from the hanger and who knows!
Here's a fun way to keep a reading list! Just get the kids to write the names of the books (and maybe the authors) on the spines and covers on the picture. Perhaps they could colour in each book as they read it?
If I could learn about anything at all, I would like to learn about.... Children can draw pictures or write about all the things they would most like to learn about using this open book printable.
Encourage children to use their imagination and/or their goal setting skills to think about the place that they would like to travel, if they could travel anywhere in the world (or beyond it!) Younger children can draw in their answer and older children can write.
If the kids can only choose one, really important, mega goal for the year, what will it be? Use this printable page (which comes blank for drawings and lined for writing) to detail it out.
Look back on the year just gone with your children and try to pick out a special memory or two, then narrow it down for the "best memory" for this printable activity. It's a great way to start your goal setting process for next year!
Here's a fun way to capture your child's best ideas - in a light bulb frame! We've got a blank version for drawings and doodles and a lined version for passionate words...
You can use this printable at the beginning of each year, or at any time, to encourage children to think about what changes they would like to see in the world. What will their "wish for the world" be? It might surprise you!
The border to this pretty printable page repeats "My Wish" - and that's what we want children to capture on it, whether by picture or writing. You might find that their wishes are teeny tiny and easily granted - or big enough to impact the world.
Writing an acrostic poem is always more fun if you have a nice printable to write it out neatly on! Here is one featuring New Year balloons. It makes a fun writing paper page too.
We have three variations of printable on the "protecting the environment" theme. The first asks children to draw a picture of themselves protecting the environment.
Here's a lovely piggy bank printable for - you guessed it - money saving goals! Encourage children to think about what they might want to buy in the near future and how they might save up for it. Older children could also come up with a savings plan of a certain amount of money each week.
This printable is a fun way for children to list (or draw) some of the things they would like to do with their friends in the coming year or the future generally. The illustration might give them some starting points...
Encourage the kids to write down their sport and exercise goals and commit to them using this fun writing frame. Why not colour it in, too? Younger children can use the blank version to do a drawing rather than write, if they prefer.
Children can draw or write about the best dream they can imagine having on this lovely printable page, which comes in two versions - one "framed" and one borderless.
Encourage children to look back on all their outings and holidays from the previous year and pick one that stands out for them. They can draw a picture of it here, or choose the lined frame for writing about it.
This is a fun printable to fill in with the kids just after the New Year, when they can look back on Christmas and last year's birthday and try to decide on their favourite present of the year - no easy task! We have blank and lined frames here for you to choose from.
Look back on last year and choose a funny memory - "the funniest thing that happened to me last year" - to fill in this lovely frame. Younger children can draw, older children can write...
Here's a fun activity for the New Year, for a Famous People Topic, or for any time! Just ask your child to think of one person he or she would most like to meet (possibly even choosing someone from history) and write about what would make the meeting interesting.
This is a lovely way of encouraging children to write down a few little goals - or six, to be precise. Each one goes into a box to be guarded over by one of the children in the illustration, which of course your child can colour in if they wish.
Thinking about how a child can help at home is the theme of this printable page. Perhaps he or she could help with chores, tidying up a bedroom and putting away toys, reading to a baby brother or sister and so on.
Why not encourage children to think about how they might be able to help out at school using this fun printable? Perhaps they could take on a role in the classroom, look out for a shy classmate, pick up rubbish in the playground, or hand out books ...
This is an unusual goal-setting printable which asks children what they would most like to see, hear, feel or smell. For me the answer to all four is "the sea" but their answers might be more interesting!