Are you making resolutions with your children this new year? I love the energy that crackles at this time of year. All the hopes and dreams and possibilities. By nature I’m a planner and a list maker so I love to start the new year with a resolution of some kind. In the past we’ve made a wish tree and wishing wands but today we decided to try something different. Combining art with good intentions we created our Words of the Year..
Resolutions with kids :: Word of the Year
We started this project yesterday (last year in fact!), talking about the kind of words we might choose to be our words of the year. The children called out as many words as they could think of and I jotted them down. I wanted to encourage the children to pause and decide upon words that were really special to them, rather than the first idea that popped up, so doing it this way got our ideas flowing and gave us over night, and from one year to another, to ponder and pick our words.
This morning I set out a variety of materials on the table for us to use to create our word art: papers, card, pens, pencils, oil pastels, chalk, glue, glitter…
and everyone chose their words and the materials they wanted to use to capture them.
We listened to this song while we drew and talked about how we can shape ours days by remembering our intentions at the beginning of the year and using our Words of the Year to guide our choices, decisions and how we spend our time.
I love how colourful and vibrant the words turned out to be.
I think they’ll be made into a gallery for the kitchen wall, so we can see them and keep them in mind and heart all year long.
Let’s make this winter the year when we delight in the cold and the dark.
Gather your children, get cosy, and make memories and connections together.
I’ll show you how with this guide to a cosy and connected winter: