Maybe it’s just another date on the calendar. New Year’s Day. I don’t care how arbitrary, I love a specific point in time to look back in wonder and look forward with anticipation! Kids as young as preschoolers can learn to set goals and celebrate small wins with these New Year’s Printables! Perfect to do some goal setting for kids!
New Year’s Goal Setting for Kids Printables
Isn’t anticipation one of the best parts of any journey? I don’t think kids are ever too young to learn the simple pleasure of reflection and celebration that comes with the new year.
The ability to reflect is, after all, a key to learning. I want our kids to learn to cherish the special moments and memories that are happening to them each year! And to anticipate with joy the year to come!
Start small and celebrate the wins!
The concept of New Year’s goals can be broken down to simple terms for small ones. I like to call it Stars and Wishes (a concept I used to use in my classroom for reflecting on final drafts – it’s an encouraging way to help young authors see what they did well, and look forward to improving their skills in the next draft! But that’s another story!).
Tips for Looking Back
We look back and recognize Star moments. The best and brightest! Those small and big wins for the year. Our highlight reel! Write down as many as you can remember!
- Look through photos or videos that highlight the past year to bring back memories for your child.
- Specifically name key events for your child: “Remember when you…” Or “You had so much fun at the…”
- Talk about “firsts,” perhaps the first time they went to the zoo, learned to spell their name, or took swimming lessons.
- Ask questions about the photos and videos, and you will be amazed at the small details that stuck in their minds! Our son vividly remembers the sharks at the Aquarium.
- Jot down important facts perhaps only you remember such as their favorite song, book, person, or outfit.
After refreshing their memories, ask about their favorite moment, place, event. Write these down as Stars!
Tips for Looking Forward
Then look forward and anticipate all you Wish the New Year to hold! The hopes and dreams! The goals, the ideas!
Set goals or Wishes for the next year with your child. These will likely be spinoffs of the Stars.
- Ask what they would like to do again, places to revisit, or people they want to spend time with.
- Suggest ways they will excel in the New Year: “I bet next year you’ll be using the kick board at swim lessons all by yourself!” Or “You already can spell your name, and I bet this year you’ll learn to write the letters too!”
- Make a keepsake booklet. Try folding a booklet with jumbo construction paper. Glue the Stars and Wishes Sheet inside and have kids draw a picture that represents their lists. For younger kids, perhaps glue in a photo from the past year. Now you have a small keepsake to look at when this next year comes to a close and you again find yourself reflecting…
Of course, Stars and Wishes aren’t heavy-duty adult-sized resolutions, and they aren’t intended to be. They’re just capturing life’s moments on paper and planning for more fantastic adventures with your children!
Free New Year’s Goal Setting for Kids Worksheets
Originally this post contained only a Stars & Wishes printable, but I have expanded this set of printables to include four pages you can select from. Perhaps you can let your kids decide which ones work best for them!
- Stars & Wishes – perfect for any age but a good start for preschoolers to celebrate the old year and look forward to the new
- New Year’s Reflections – capture their favorites from the year
- New Year’s Goals – minimal and open-ended with just blank checklist of items to attempt
- Looking Ahead – four prompts to stir their thoughts toward the future
Click this link OR the picture to get your free printable set!
How do you celebrate the New Year with your children? Have your celebrations changed as your kids have grown?