Clock Hats for New Year's Eve (Make Your Own)

We were invited to a kid-friendly New Year's Eve party in our neighborhood and I volunteered to bring the favors, but the pickings were pretty slim at the dollar store.  This was all they had for hats:
Make Your Own Clock Hats for New Year's Eve from Reading Confetti
I decided to jazz them up a bit by adding some clocks.  They were simple to make and I think they turned out cute.  These were the supplies I used:
  • party hats, one for each guest plus a few extra
  • brass fasteners
  • number stickers (or you could write the numbers by hand)
  • pom poms
  • scissors and hot glue
I started by cutting circles from the extra hats. You can get a few clock faces out of each hat depending on the size you want.  I applied sticker numbers to the clock faces and also cut clock hands from the extra hats.
Make Your Own Clock Hats for New Year's Eve from Reading Confetti
I used a brass fastener to attach everything to the hat and put a little hot glue under the edges of the clock face.  The pom pom on the top is also attached with hot glue.
Make Your Own Clock Hats for New Year's Eve from Reading Confetti
The numbers are crooked because the kids helped (lie).
I put the hats into red lunch bags also decorated with clocks.  I included some noise makers and glow bracelets too.
Make Your Own Clock Hats for New Year's Eve from Reading Confetti


Click here to get the printable with clock hands.
If you don't want to make a trip to the dollar store, you can use what you already have.  I made these clock hats by turning a birthday party hat inside out.  I used the same printable, but without the clock hands.  I made the clock hands from craft foam.  It might be fun to have kids decorate these with paint or markers.
Make Your Own Clock Hats for New Year's Eve from Reading Confetti

Click here to get the printable without clock hands.
New Year's Eve is also a good opportunity to talk about telling time with these great books: 

P. Bear's New Year's Party: A Counting Book P. Bear has invited his friends to a New Year's party.  Every time the clock strikes the hour, that many animals show up to the party.  This is a great one for counting and as an introduction to telling time.  It also is a great way to get kids excited about the "countdown".  The illustrations are simple black, white, and red.

The Grouchy Ladybug The Grouchy Ladybug argues over aphids for breakfast with a friendly ladybug.  The Grouchy Ladybug wants to fight, but backs down and says he wants to fight somebody bigger.  The animals he encounters get larger and larger, but the Grouchy Ladybug continues looking for an animal to fight.  Eventually he's smacked by a whale's tail and lands right back where he started.  Tired, hungry, and wet, the Grouchy Ladybug learns how nice it can be to share.  Each page tells (and shows) the time.  We've done a project for this book.

It's About Time! This book shows each hour of the day on a digital and analog clock and connects it to an activity that would be typical in a young child's life.  It's a good, basic introduction to telling time. 

 Have a safe and happy New Year's Eve!
Make Your Own Clock Hats for New Year's Eve from Reading Confetti


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4 comments:

  1. I love your hats! What fun they would be for telling time and partying!

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  2. So fun Lorie!! I love how you tied an educational idea into New Years fun!

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  3. What an awesome way to teach kids about telling time. I pinned it.

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    1. Thanks, Julie! I'm following you now (love your reading activities board!)

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