New Year’s Eve game

*Update–The clock printables have been removed from the original source where I found mine stated in the post below.  I have added some that I was able to find that might work for you.  You can find them here:

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Printable Clock Face 2

Printable Clock Face 3

I thought I would share a simple game that I came up with to help entertain your kids (and even adults) during your New Year’s Eve Countdown party this year.  The whole premise behind the New Year’s Eve game is fairly straightforward and simple so even the youngest of children can play along with minimal help.

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We named it Rolling Around The Clock.  Simply because that is all you do. First off you will need some clock faces.  I found some fun free printable clock faces from White Life. They have the following four clock faces that you can download for free.

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If you download some, be sure to drop them a quick note and tell them thanks! Aren’t they so fun? They also print out the perfect size.

I printed them out onto some white Cardstock paper. You can also glue them onto some chipboard or cardboard to give them some stability. Adding a quick layer of Matte Finish Mod Podge will also seal them up nicely and keep them from ripping from little hands and overuse.

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I cut some thin strips of cardboard to make the clock hands.  I made one small for the hour hand and then one longer one for the minute hand of the clock.  I colored them black with a black permanent marker.

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Then I simply took some brads which can be found in any craft store that sells scrapbook supplies and used them to attach the hands to the clock face.

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Now that you have made your game pieces here are the rules for the New Years Eve game.

Roll Around the Clock Game Rules:

Each player will need their own clock face.  You will need two dice to play.  To begin each player will roll the dice.  The player with the highest number will go first.  Each player will start with their clock at 1:00. Then you will take turns rolling the dice.  To start out everyone will just roll one dice. You need to roll the time that is next on your clock and make it from 1:00 to 2:00 to 3:00 and so on all the way to 12:00 or Midnight.  The player needs to roll the number of the dice that corresponds to the next number needed.  After you have gotten to 6:00 you will begin to roll two dice to get the higher numbers. If you don’t roll the number you need, your turn will end and it is the next players turn.  The person who rolls to 12:00 first wins.

You can even add some strategy to the game if playing with older people.  For example, if someone rolls doubles they can choose someone to trade clocks with or choose someone to lose a turn.  Etc.

{Phew…that was tough…explaining the rules of play…if that doesn’t make sense, leave a comment and I will try to re-explain them. The game is much simpler than trying to explain it apparently}.

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I would love to hear if some of you end up making and playing this with your kids and family this year! My kids are excited, but I think that mainly has to do with the fact that they get to stay up past their bedtimes!!

And…one last thing…I made some Oreo Pops for New Year’s Eve…who is shocked?!  Haha! You knew it was coming right? But these have a special surprise inside.

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I am not going to take the time to write up a tutorial since there are so many other Oreo Pop Tutorials you can choose from, that I have already shared with you, to follow if you need one. (For example my Snowman Oreo Pops, Santa Belly Oreo Pops and my Mummy Oreo Pops) This is basically a Double Stuft Oreo covered in white chocolate with some sprinkles on it.  BUT…these are special because of what is inside of them…

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Exploding Candy!!

{I found mine at the Dollar Store…Pop Rocks will work too…I just couldn’t find any}

How fun huh?!  And…they really work! I simply removed the double stuff icing and put some melted chocolate on the inside of BOTH cookies.  Then I opened and poured a package of the Exploding Candy on one of the cookies right on top of the chocolate.  Stick the sucker stick on and then place the top cookie on top.  Then I let them harden by popping them in the freezer.  Then simply cover the Oreo with the chocolate and add some sprinkles.  For full instructions for making an Oreo Pop you can see these other tutorials.  For the little New Years Eve Cheers tag go here.

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These are so fun! I had to test one out to make sure it worked.  And they really do pop right in your mouth…like edible fireworks for your mouth!

Interested in our other New Year’s Eve posts? Check these out!

New Year’s Eve Photo Booth Props

New Year’s Eve Banner Printable

New Year’s Eve “Mint” Night Kisses (coming soon)

New Year’s Eve Countdown Bags

New Year’s Eve Game

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*Update 12.28.2013–Download the 2014 version of the New Years Eve Countdown Activity Bags here:  New Years Eve Countdown Activity Bags 2014

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*Update 12/27/2012–Download the 2013 version of the New Years Eve Countdown Activity Bags here:  New Years Eve Countdown Activity Bags 2013

Last year I saw a bunch of people posting about these fun New Year’s Eve Countdown Activity bags.  I didn’t have time to implement them into our New Year’s Eve Party for 2011 but wanted to make sure that I made some for this year’s party.

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I loved the whole concept behind the activity bags and thought it would be a great way to keep the evening fun.  We usually have a low key party with the family and their cousins.  We play games all night and just enjoy ringing in the New Year in each other’s company.

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The concept behind these Countdown Activity Bags is fairly simple.  I took some mini party sacks that I picked up from Hobby Lobby and glued some tags with clock faces on them.  I have provided them for you as a free download if you are interested.  Click here:

New Year’s Eve Countdown Bags

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For the scalloped “Happy New Year Tag” you can download them on this post I where I shared some…

New Year’s Eve 2012 Printables

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Then you simply draw the clock hands on each bag to represent each hour of the evening you want to have an activity for the family and kids to do together.  I started the countdown bags with the year 2011 at 5:00 pm and made one for every hour till 12:00 am 2012.

In each bag I added some fun activities to do on the hour.  For example:

5:00 pm—Make/Eat Chinese Food

6:00 pmPlay a New Year’s Eve Game {I will be sharing one here soon}!

7:00 pm—Watch a movie with the family

8:00 pm—Intermission: Make some Ice Cream Sundaes & finish movie

9:00 pm—Make a New Year’s Craft—confetti, noise makers, hats, etc.

10:00—Play another game

11:00 pm—Turn on some music and dance

12:00 am 2012—Watch fireworks out the window, bang noise makers, toast the New Year!

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The above list is just an example of what can be done.  I am not posting our “true” list as my kids have been known to read my blog from time to time…! There are so many idea that you could add into the bag that would make your party lots of fun and ensure that you keep the party guests guessing.  I know my kids and their cousins are going to be excited seeing what is in each bag.

Interested in our other New Year’s Eve posts? Check these out!

New Year’s Eve Photo Booth Props

New Year’s Eve Banner Printable

New Year’s Eve “Mint” Night Kisses (coming soon)

New Year’s Eve Countdown Bags

New Year’s Eve Game

What activities would you place in your Countdown Bags?

 

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