Free puzzle games, stories, crafts, and printable activities for kids ages 4–12.

Countdown to 2021!Countdown to 2021!
Most of us would agree that 2020 was a year full of uncertainty and challenges. But we hope that you also found some unexpected joy. Maybe staying safer at home strengthened your family bond, and you came to know your children a little better—and they you. Perhaps your family discovered a new activity you all enjoy. Or maybe the pandemic forced you to simply slow down. When we started Highlights@Home in April, we encouraged you to start a time capsule to help your family remember this once-in-a-lifetime event that the whole world has experienced together. We hope you saved your kids’ creative work, along with family photos, that will help your kids recall not only the sadness and disruption caused by the pandemic but also some of the good memories you made together.
countdown to 2021

1. Countdown to 2021!

Watch our video now for ways to ring in the new year with your family.

solve a puzzle

2. Solve a Puzzle

This wolf family made a resolution to go on walks together in 2021. While they get some exercise, find the objects hidden in the scene.

read a story

3. Read a Story

Staying up until midnight on New Year’s Eve can be tricky for young kids. This story shows one family’s tradition to celebrate the new year at noon!

enjoy january

4. Enjoy January

Read this article to get three great ideas of things you can do this January as a family. From playing in the snow to starting new hobbies, there are lots of things you can do without having to travel far from home.

make a time capsule

5. Make a Time Capsule

2020 has been an eventful year, and definitely one we’ll remember for years to come. Help your child put together a time capsule of 2020 memories to open at a later date.

Do something for others

6. Do Something for Others

We’d love to see how your child chose to decorate your home. Share their ideas with us at HighlightsKids.com.

Write, Draw, or Talk About It

7. Write, Draw, or Talk About It

Head to HighlightsKids.com to share your child’s goal with us.  

search the scene

8. Search the Scene

Three . . . two . . . one . . . midnight! As these siblings welcome 2021, look for the objects hidden in the scene.

toast with a drink

9. Toast with a Drink

Ring in the new year with this delicious fizzy drink.

craft party crackers

10. Create a Party Cracker

These party crackers are a fun way to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Encourage your child to get creative with what to put inside the cracker as an exciting surprise for your family.

find the hidden objects

11. Find the Hidden Objects

Find and circle the 6 objects that start with the letter e in this excellent Hidden Pictures puzzle

play a party hat game

12. Play a Game

This party-hat game simulates the New Year’s countdown to midnight. Make and play the game with your child to see who can reach midnight first! 

record your resolutions

13. Record Your Resolutions

The start of a new year is a great time to reflect on how to improve yourself. Help your child fill out this printable of resolutions they would like to make in 2021. Hang it somewhere they will see it often, to remind them of their goals. 

pass the luck

14. Pass the Luck

A new year brings new luck—and for some countries, that luck comes by eating lucky food. Play this matching game to see which country eats which superstitious food. 

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