2020 was the Year of the Rat! So it’s only fair that we celebrate the Chinese New Year with some awesome Rat Crafts for Kids!
Over here at Artsy Craftsy Mom, we just love learning about different cultures. Not only is it immensely interesting, but it also gives us lots of new reasons to celebrate!
That’s just one of the reasons we love Chinese New Year; it comes at the perfect time, just when the other New Year celebrations are wearing off. The Chinese zodiac has a different animal associated with each year, and this only makes it all the more fun to celebrate.
The 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals
Chinese zodiac years begin/end at Chinese New Year (in January/February). The Chinese zodiac, or sheng xiao, refers to the circle of 12 animals that measure the cycles of time. Each year in the repeating zodiac cycle of 12 years.
Legend has it that a god beckoned all animals to bid him farewell before his departure from Earth. Only 12 of them, namely the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig arrived, with each given a place of honor in a year based on the order of arrival.
Your kids will love these fun color, cut & assemble animal headbands for the Chinese New Year; they are a perfect complement to your seasonal activities! Buy it from our shop here – CHINESE ZODIAC ANIMAL HEADBAND SET
For 2020, the 25th of January was the Chinese New Year and this is the Year of the Rat, which is the first animal in the Chinese zodiac. Rats are considered symbols of wealth and abundance in Chinese culture. So let’s join in and begin the celebrations this New Year with an abundance of rat crafts for kids!
Chinese New Year Rat Crafts for Kids
This rat headband or crown is just too cute for words!! If you’re having a party for Chinese New Year, I’d definitely recommend printing out a bunch of these hats for everyone to wear. Use the form at the bottom of the post to grab your freebie.
Nothing more joyful than a cheery rat welcoming you into the New Year! Red Ted Art features a pop up card that also works as a coloring page – perfect activity for younger kids!
Why should crafts be two dimensional? Krokotak challenges this notion with a 3-dimensional rat craft, made by folding paper into a cone. Don’t forget to color in the rat’s outfit!
This coloring page from Teachers Pay Teachers is sure to be a hit with kids who enjoy coloring within the lines, and it would also make for cool wall art! Print multiple sheets for all the kids to get some unique art work!
Ready to get those scissors out and give your fine motor muscles some exercise? Check out this cute paper cutting rat craft from Pink Stripey Socks – you could string a few together to make a fun garland.
These printable rats from Kids Craft Room are as easy as they come! Here, it’s the little details that add to the charm of these rats – the pom pom nose and of course, that curly tail!
Holidappy has a lot of Year of the Rat crafts that it’s hard to choose a few! This Origami rat is a fun project, and those red circles with the Chinese font are available for free download.
Here’s another Year of the craft from Holidappy, made by twisting a pipe cleaner into a rat. Don’t forget the red Chinese circle that tells you why the rat’s here!
Crafts on Sea takes a couple of toilet rolls and shows us how to make rats from them! The fun part here is that it’s quite an open ended activity, and you can make the rat’s expression anything you like.
Want to become a rat yourself this New Year? No problem, Education.com has the perfect craft for you! Just download and print the free mask printable, follow the instructions and you’ll soon have a new rat-face!
I’m sure you can’t wait to get started on these rat crafts right away! You may also like to check out our crafts for older Chinese New Year – the Year of the Pig, the Year of the Sheep and the Year of the Monkey. This is a great opportunity to learn about Chinese culture, as well as the significance of these animals. All in all, be prepared for a fun time this New Year!