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New Year's Eve crafts for kids: Countdown clock

The New Year's countdown clock craft can be

The New Year's countdown clock craft can be found on Spoonful.com. (Credit: Spoonful.com)

Staying in with the kids on New Year's Eve this year? Help them get in on the fun by creating a countdown clock as you wait for the ball to drop. I found the craft on Spoonful.com, a website from Disney that is filled with thousands of crafts, games and recipes for children and families.

New Year's Countdown Clock

What you'll need
- Paper plate
- Scrap of black craft foam
- Scrap of purple craft foam
- Purple foam circle
- Metal fastener or scrapbook brad
- Pink glitter glue
- Purple glitter glue
- Black Sharpie marker
- Black acrylic paint
- Paint brush
- White craft glue
- Scissors

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How to make it

1. Paint entire paper plate with pink glitter glue, set aside to dry.

2. Use scissors to cut out clock arms from black foam. Cut the minute hand about 6 inches long, and the hour hand about 4 inches, depending on the size of your paper plate.

3. Cut a strip of purple foam about 4 inches long.

4. Glue purple circle to one end of the purple strip of foam.

5. Use pink and purple glitter glue to draw a fireworks explosion on the purple circle. Set aside in a safe place to dry.

6. Poke a small hole in the ends of the clock arms to insert the fastener through.

7. Poke a small hole in the center of the paper plate.

8. Use the marker to write on the clock numbers.

9. Insert fastener through the clock arms and then through the hole in the center of the plate.

10. Close back of fastener loose enough so that clock arms will move.

11. Use black paint to paint the outside edge of the paper plate as a border.

12. Check to be sure the glitter glue on your "time marker" is dry, then glue it to the back of the plate, aligning the fireworks with midnight (or your child's bedtime).

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