New Year Scavenger Hunt

New Year Scavenger Hunt

When it gets towards the end of the year, I like to reflect on the year that has passed and especially on the great things that have happened. 2020 has most definitely been a strange year and on the surface it may seem that there hasn’t been much to celebrate. This Christmas, our family were unable to celebrate with our wider family and friends as we usually would. However, there have been plenty of silver linings. Because we couldn’t go and do festive activities, we stayed in and did far more crafts and baking which has been so lovely. One of my favourite activities was baking gingerbread gift packages and taking them to our neighbours. I hope that as you look back over your year you will find that as well as sad times, there have also been some happy moments and memories too!

This New Year’s Eve is bound to be a bit different too. Usually we would have friends round for drinks and to play games but of course that won’t be happening this year. Last year, we also had a celebration for the children too. We made party poppers, played games and watched a previous year’s New Year’s Eve firework display from London on YouTube. This year, I thought we’d do one of our favourite activities as well – a Scavenger Hunt.

My New Year Scavenger Hunt has clues to cover different parts of the New Year’s celebrations – Fireworks, Time, Party, Traditions, Kiss and Me (or more precisely you!) There’s a chance for you and your children to choose items which represent something you are proud of this year, something which made you happy this year and a wish for next year.

Across the world, countries celebrate New Year’s Eve in different ways. Most countries’ celebrations including food and feasting. That is something I can definitely get behind. There are some more unusual traditions too. In Spain, they take part in Las Uvas, or the grapes. They eat a grape for each chime of the clock for midnight. I’m not so sure I fancy this one due to the choking hazard!

For many it is an important tradition to ensure their house is clean going into the new year symbolising getting rid of any mistakes of the previous year and starting fresh in the new year. Lots of New Year traditions are about encouraging luck for the upcoming year or chasing away bad spirits. One such tradition is from Ireland where they bang the walls with bread to chase away evil spirits and to make sure that there will be plenty of bread in the New Year.

There are many New Year traditions in Scotland where the celebrations are called Hogmanay. Some people like to open their doors and windows at midnight to let the old year out and the new year in. The first person to come through the door after midnight is supposed to bring good luck and they bring gifts such as coal and a drink. This tradition is called first footing.

It is very common to join hands at New Years Eve and sing Auld Langs Syne. This was originally a Scottish poem written by Robert Burns in 1788. However now this is a common custom all over the world!

You can see if you can find some items to represent these traditions in the Scavenger Hunt too. You could always add in some items which represent your own New Year traditions. I’d love to hear how you celebrate New Year so do let me know in the comments.

You can download the free printable of the New Year Scavenger Hunt here:

If you have a go at the New Year Scavenger Hunt, I’d love to see.
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