Go green this New Year with this “green” confetti and make an environmentally friendly choice to protect our world. Even on a preschool level, being environmentally conscious is a topic that comes up through the common practice of reusing old materials.
Discuss with your students how important it is to be "green." Look around your classroom and as a class decide what can (or cannot) be used as confetti. Typical choices could be old magazines, scrap paper, and newspapers. Using safety scissors, the children could cut the paper up into 2 inch pieces of confetti. Make them larger than typical confetti pieces, because this confetti will be used again and again. Some children might need help with scissors, or they can simply tear each piece.
Once enough confetti has been gathered, have the children make a confetti holder. This is simply a piece of paper. Again you could use recycled paper found around the classroom as long as it is standard in length. Have the children decorate this holder in the spirit of the New Year, and make sure the date is included. Once these holders are decorated, form them into a cone and tape them so they can hold the cone shape. Place confetti into this cone leaving some room at the top. After the confetti has been added, fold over the top of the cone to cover the confetti, and “hold” it for a later celebration time. Practice counting down from 10, and watch your students go wild as they are told it is OK to open the holder and toss the confetti into the air. Have them pick up the mess together, place it back into their holders, and then count down again!