Make & Do: Say Hello To The New Year With These Brilliant Ideas


Children are a bit young for resolutions but a few hopes or intentions are always a good thing to introduce.

Wishing jars

A great way to encourage the kids to make a wish and follow up on it throughout the year is to sit down and write out something they’d like to do. Put the ‘wish’ into a jar and then save up the money (if needed) by putting pennies and coins into the jar over the course of the next year.

The fun part comes when you get to smash open the jar at the end of the year and use the saved money to make the wish come true!

Inspiration trees

These look so lovely and are a great idea for when you are out of ideas. Sit with your child and make a list of their favourite things to do or things they would like to do this year for the first time (keep costs low) These could range from making crayon cakes to planting cress or riding four buses in one day.

Write each on a bit of paper and roll and tie with ribbons. A branch/twig  from the garden with lots of arms is perfect to hang these from or they could be pegged on a piece of sting. Every so often throughout the year when inspiration deserts grab an idea from the inspiration tree and see where life takes you. It’s a good way to find out what your child would like to do this year and looks lovely too.