This fun and simple Year of the Ox Printable Headband helps kids create their own ox crown that can be worn at a Chinese New Year celebration for a stylish welcome to the new year.
Celebrate Chinese New Year as the Year of the Ox is ushered in! Offer this craft as an activity for kids at a Year of the Ox celebration and watch the kids transform into silly little oxen! Perfect for Year of the Ox, or perhaps a farm theme? There’s lots of painting, cutting, and sticking involved!
What does Year of the Ox mean?
According to the Chinese calendar, the year you were born may determine your personality. Every year is represented by an animal, and legend has it that people born under that animal have certain personality traits.
The Ox is the second of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived at his party. The Ox was to be the first to arrive, but Rat tricked Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox. Thus, Ox became the second animal.
In Chinese culture, the Ox is a valued animal. Because of its role in agriculture, positive characteristics, such as being hardworking and honest, are attributed to it.
What year is the Year of the Ox?
In 2021, the Year of the Ox begins on February 12.
What are the Year of the Ox Dates?
- 11th February 1937 – 30th January 1938
- 29th January 1949 – 16th February 1950
- 15th February 1961 – 4rd February 1962
- 3rd February 1973 – 22th January 1974
- 20th February 1985 – 8th February 1986
- 7th February 1997 – 27th January 1998
- 26th January 2009 – 13th February 2010
- 12th February 2021 – 31th January 2022
How to use the Year of the Ox Printable Headband for Kids
Below is a free template for a simple Ox Headband or crown you can make to help lend a festive atmosphere to your surroundings. You can use this pattern either with a group or as a one-on-one activity.
They have been designed to be suitable for children in preschool (with some help), kindergarten, and elementary school. Most of them just involve coloring, cutting, and assembling. If you teach at a school or daycare, or if you are looking for a craft for your children to do at home, this simple headband allows you an easy way to print and get started.
Free Template for the Ox Printable Headband
Scroll down to the end of the post to grab the printable. The Ox headband comes in two versions – A full-color one and a Colour your own option that is print-friendly all conveniently bundled in a single PDF. This is a pay as you wish product. Enter the amount as 0 to download for free. I would love to offer more free products like these and your support is appreciated.
Printing the Ox Printable Headband
These templates are all sized for a paper that measures 8.5″ X 11″ Letter-sized. At the end of this article, you will see a link to our Gumroad shop that contains the templates for both sheets. If you want to print only one page of the template, be sure to select that page specifically in your printing menu. I printed the Full- color option on 120 GSM Glossy photo paper. The Color your own option can be printed on a 75-100GSM construction paper so that children can color using crayons or watercolors.
Assembling the Ox Printable Headband
Use scissors and tape to cut out these headband pieces and attach them together. You will have a headband with a colorful ox graphic and the year 2021.
The lower part of the strip can be used to make the circle. You can also use an elastic or longer or shorter piece of paper to make the headband. Be sure to measure the circumference of the head first and then stapling the pieces together. The headband should comfortably sit on the head without falling off.
Download the Ox Printable Headband
More about the Year of the Ox in the Chinese Zodiac
The ox is highly valued in Chinese culture, especially because this animal has been so helpful in farming. Many positive characteristics are associated with ox, including being hardworking and honest.
The ox is the second animal in the Chinese Zodiac, and every 12th year is named for this sturdy animal. People born in the year of the ox are said to be honest, earnest, and persistent. They think before they talk, they are logical, and they make good leaders. Sometimes, however, they can also seem quiet or stubborn.
When is the next year of the Ox?
As mentioned, the next Chinese New Year is the Year of the Ox. It starts on the 12th of February 2021. It will then be another 12 years before the next one in 2033.