The Best 60 Chinese New Year Crafts and activities for kids – updated for 2022

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A Chinese New Year’s Eve party with kids can actually be a lot of fun. But you need to prepare for it: We have the Best 60 Chinese New Year Crafts and activities for kids to celebrate the year of the Tiger 2022

What is the Lunar New Year /Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year is a very important day in China and is also celebrated widely across countries like Singapore, Malaysia, the United States, etc which has a vast diaspora of people of Chinese ethnicity/ origin. The Chinese New Year is also a fab opportunity to introduce kids to China as a country and its amazing geography, wildlife, history, and food.

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60 Chinese New Year Crafts and activities for kids

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When is the Lunar New Year / Chinese New Year in 2022?

Chinese New Year 2022 falls on Tuesday, February 1st, 2022, and celebrations culminate with the Lantern Festival on February 15th, 2022

Why is the Chinese New Year 2022, The Year of the Tiger?

The Lunar New Year marks the transition from one sign into another, which in this case is Ox into Tiger. Tiger is the third in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac sign. Years of the Tiger include 2022, 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1938. This Lunar New Year, the 2022 Year of the Tiger will be a ‘water tiger’ governed by the element of wood. Because this year is a water tiger, you can expect good fortune in relationships and family life. Tigers can expect to succeed in their career with hard work and determination.

How to wish someone a Happy Lunar New Year?

People wish each other good luck, happiness, and wealth for the new year. The words used most in good wishes are: happiness, wealth, prosperity, prosperous, auspicious

‘Gong Xi Fa Cai’ means ‘Have a prosperous new year

What are some activities for the Lunar New Year / Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year is an important tradition for every family to thoroughly cleanse the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming luck. On Chinese New Year, the themes of happiness, wealth, and longevity are celebrated. On this special day, families reunite, special foods are eaten, fireworks are lit, and children receive money in lucky red paper envelopes.

 


60 Chinese New Year Art & Crafts for kids

Chinese New Year Element Crafts 

  1. Make Chinese Lanterns

These paper lanterns are a great way for young children to practice their scissor skills and are perfect for decorating the house in time for the Chinese New Year celebrations

A Collection of the top 60 Chinese New Year Crafts and activities for kids. Colouring pages, puzzles, worksheets, art, craft, books & printables too.

  1. DIY Paper Fortune Cookie 

These easy paper fortune cookies make for great keepsakes and gifts for our little guests

A Collection of the top 60 Chinese New Year Crafts and activities for kids. Colouring pages, puzzles, worksheets, art, craft, books & printables too.

  1. DIY Chinese Musical Drum

Join the celebration with instruments!  Make a Chinese Drum together with simple materials and have a parade!

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  1. Make a Symbol of Double Happiness banner

Get cracking with scissors as you go about cutting this traditional symbol of ‘Double Happiness’ called “shuang xi,” these are most commonly used in marriages but also make for lucky décor during Chinese New Year Celebrations

A Collection of the top 60 Chinese New Year Crafts and activities for kids. Colouring pages, puzzles, worksheets, art, craft, books & printables too.

  1. Make Pretend Firecrackers

Make totally pretend Firecrackers with the versatile and easily available Toilet paper rolls.

A Collection of the top 60 Chinese New Year Crafts and activities for kids. Colouring pages, puzzles, worksheets, art, craft, books & printables too.

  1. Make a Chinese new year candle holder

Create a Chinese lantern-like candle holder by decorating a glass jar with red tissue paper and acrylic paint!

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  1. Felt Cherry Blossom and Tangerine Lunar New Year Wreath

A modern take on Cherry blossoms and tangerines which are traditional symbols during Chinese New Year. Blossoms are for new beginnings, and tangerines are for luck and prosperity.

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  1. Sensory play with spice play dough for Chinese New Year

Enjoy some red and gold-themed sensory play inspired by the Chinese New Year

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  1. Cherry Blossom Art from Recycled Soda Bottle

Blossom trees are much prized in both China and Japan and linked closely with spring festivals. Chinese New Year, for example, celebrates blossom in all its forms.

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  1. Make Traditional Wool Painted Chinese Hand Fan craft

A cute and simple Chinese fan craft that’s super simple to set up and uses a fun way to paint without a paintbrush!

A Collection of the top 60 Chinese New Year Crafts and activities for kids. Colouring pages, puzzles, worksheets, art, craft, books & printables too.

  1. Make Red Envelopes to hold money

Gift Money to kids with these DIY Lucky Red Envelopes.

A Collection of the top 60 Chinese New Year Crafts and activities for kids. Colouring pages, puzzles, worksheets, art, craft, books & printables too.

 

  1. Make a Paper Plate Lantern Craft

Wish you make a fortune.” Celebrate Chinese New Year with this fun and festive paper lantern craft that is made using a paper plate and some supplies from the dollar store.

Chinese New Year crafts

  1. Chinese Noise Maker craft

Make some noise with these red and gold-colored Noisemaker crafts made from ribbon spool.

Chinese New Year crafts

  1. Bowl of Oranges 

Oranges are passed out freely on Chinese New Year because they represent luck and wealth. You only need a few materials for this craft, so grab them and let’s get started.

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  1. Decorative Chinese Knot Wall Hanging

Celebrate Chinese New Year by trying this traditional knot-tying craft. It symbolizes prosperity and success.

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  1. Make a Chinese Coin Tree

The coin tree is a popular Chinese ornament believed to bring good luck and prosperity. Create your own coin tree to celebrate the Chinese New Year or make it as a project while learning about Chinese culture.

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  1. Fun Potato stamped Panda 

An easy tutorial with a template to make a potato stamped the panda

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21. Box Shaped Lantern: 

These exquisite square or box-shaped paper lanterns can be placed on a table-top with a tea light or hung for decoration. All we need is some paper, and if you are hanging them, some string or curling ribbon and a lot of folding, creasing, and scoring!Chinese new year crafts

22. Paint a Rock Panda

Native to China, the Panda bear spells much cuteness.!! Simple but adorable, this rock panda is made in no time with some colors. A great panda craft project for slightly older kids.

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23. Paper plate Goldfish

Goldfish are considered very fortunate in China especially in the new year and signify abundance and are usually depicted in pairs. This simple craft is bound to be a hit with kids.

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25. Make a 3D Orange papercraft  

In Chinese, the word ‘orange’ sounds like ‘Ji’, which translates to ‘good luck’. In some areas of China, it is customary to present oranges to friends and relatives. A gift of oranges sends the message of good wishes for the coming year.   751cfb5e71c65ddc7cc1ae3308ac01ac

  26. Handprint Goldfish  

According to Feng Shui, a fish represents wealth and prosperity because the actual word in Chinese for fish, in Pinyin: yú, 魚, also translates to “abundance” 裕 Pinyin: yù.   Quick, easy and fun for little kids, this handprint goldfish nevertheless looks effective on display!   handprint goldfish

  27. Recycled Mason Jar Lantern  

A perfect messy activity involving gluing red tissue papers on recycled jars.   Chinese New Year Crafts

  28. Gong for Chinese New YearChinese New Year crafts   29. Thumbprint Lanterns

A brilliant yet simple craft idea using Chinese News Paper as skyline and Thumb or Cork Print Lanterns   thumbprint chinese lanterns-2

  30. Recycled Paper Oranges

One of the lucky New Year poems is about the orange and it goes like this: “Da Ji Da Li” which means the same as every other New Year poem, “Good Luck!” For fun and fast craft, make your own lucky oranges from Crumpled paper and other easily available materials. Chinese New Year Crafts and Activities

31. Turn regular mason jars into a fun Chinese New Year craft with tissue paper, paint, and Mod Podge. These are perfect for a themed party!

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

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2022 is the Year of the Tiger – Year of the Tiger Crafts 

  1. T for Tiger Craft with Printable Template
    Make a T for Tiger Craft using our Printable Template that's perfect for learning about Endangered Animals unit, jungle, safari, zoo theme or the Letter T

  2.  Print a Tiger Headband 
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  3. 10 Terrific Tiger Crafts for Kids

    Get your cubs wild and excited with these terrific Tiger Crafts for Kids! Perfect for International Tiger Day, India's Independence Day and wildlife lessons.

 

2021 was the Year of the Ox. 

  1. Free Year of the Ox Printable Headband  – Print, Color, Cut & Wear 

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  2. DIY Year of the Ox Felt Craft 
    Y for Yak Craft or Year of the OX Craft that's perfect for learning about Chinese New Year 2021, Tibet, cattle, bovine animals, domestic animals or the Letter Y.

 

Year of the Rat Crafts

  1. These paper mice finger puppets via RedTedArt are super quick and easy to make and use “basic shapes” (i.e. are based on circles).

  2. 10 Chinese New Year Rat Crafts for Kids 

     

    2020 is the Year of the Rat! So it's only fair that we celebrate the Chinese New Year with some awesome Rat Crafts for Kids!

Year of the Pig Crafts

  1.  20 Pink and Playful Pig Crafts for Kids | Year of the Pig Crafts

    Celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Pig with these pink and playful Pig Crafts for kids! Craft pigs out of paper, cereal boxes, clay pots, rocks and more! 

     

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  3. Check out our Printable Pig Headband

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Year of the Monkey Crafts

  1. M for Monkey Craft with Printable Template
    Make this adorable M for Monkey Craft using our Printable Template that's perfect for a jungle themed party, Chinese New Year or Letter M Activity

  2. Printable Monkey Bookmark + Free Template
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  3. Year of the Monkey Chinese New Year Crafts
    The Chinese New Year is about to start and it's the Year of the Monkey in 2016. Celebrate this occasion with some simple Chinese New Year Crafts for kids!

  4. M for Monkey Printable Headband
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Year of the Dragon Crafts

  1. Make a Handprint Chinese Dragon

    Celebrate the Chinese New Year in style with these brightly colored handprint Chinese dragons. Colored construction paper and your child’s handprints are all that’s needed to put together this festive craft.

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  2.  Dragon Toilet Paper Tube Kids Craft

    Explore this simple yet fun Dragon craft which makes it great for preschool age and up!

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  4. Make A Paper Plate Dragon Puppet:

    Dragon Puppets can be made out of just about anything; a glove or a sock, recycled materials from around the house, the possibilities are endless!

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Year of The Dog Craft

  1. Print a Year of The Dog Headband 

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Year of the Rabbit Crafts

  1. Print a Rabbit Headband
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  2. R for Rabbit Craft with Printable Template
    Make this adorable R for Rabbit Craft using our Printable Template that's perfect for learning about domestic animals, Easter, letter R, herbivores or animal habitats.

  3. Check out 20 Adorable Rabbit Crafts

    Easter is nearly here, and so is the Easter bunny! Let's celebrate the festive season with some cute Bunny Crafts for Easter, using craft supplies you have!

Year of the Snake Crafts

  1. 10 Sassy Snake Crafts for Kids

    These Sassy Snake Crafts for Kids show that you can make snakes out of pretty much anything! From paper plates, cardboard tubes, egg cartons, socks & more!

Year of the Horse Crafts 

  1. Print a Horse Headband 

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Whether you are celebrating this holiday or you just want to know more about the Chinese culture, below Picture Books are a great way to introduce Chinese New Year

Top 10: Best Chinese New Year Books for Kids

My First Chinese New Year by Karen Katz

Chinese New Year is a time of new beginnings. Follow one little girl as she learns how to welcome the coming year and experience all the festivities surrounding it. This warm and lively introduction to a special holiday will make even the youngest child want to start a Chinese New Year tradition! Books to Celebrate Chinese New Year

 

Happy Chinese New Year, Kai-lan!  Edited by Lauryn Silverhardt

 

Join beloved television character, Kai-lan, for a Chinese New Year celebration! Kai-lan and her friends get to carry the dragon costume in the big parade – but can they work together to make the dragon dance? Books to celebrate chinese New year 3. Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas by Natasha Yim In this delightful picture storybook, the author takes the familiar “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” story and adds a Chinese twist–New Year style. A little girl who goes by the name of Goldy Luck is asked by her mother to take a New Year’s dish—fried turnip cakes—to their neighbor panda’s house. Happy Chinese New Year, Kai-lan!      4. Chelsea’s Chinese New Year by Lisa Bullard Chelsea”s family is celebrating Chinese New Year! Chelsea gets to stay up late. She watches fireworks and a parade with a dragon! She and her family have a big feast. Find out the different ways people celebrate this special day! Books for Chinese New Year     5. The Runaway Wok by Ying Chang Compestine When a boy goes to the market to buy food and comes home with an old wok instead, his parents wonder what they’ll eat for dinner. But then the wok rolls out of the poor family’s house with a skippity-hoppity-ho! and returns from the rich man”s home with a feast in tow! Books on Chinese New Year   6. A New Year’s Reunion: A Chinese Story by Yu Li-qiong This book features a children’s version of a common story in China – when fathers come home for Chinese New Year vacation. Little Maomao”s father works in faraway places and comes home just once a year, for Chinese New Year. At first, Maomao barely recognizes him, but before long the family is happily making sticky rice balls, listening to firecrackers, and watching the dragon dance in the streets below. The book also has beautiful illustrations. Chinese New Year Books 7. Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel A classic story that is also a popular one with book lovers. The book tells the story of a Chinese boy with a long name who fell into a well. It is a sort of origin myth about why Chinese names are so short today. Tikki Tikki Tembo is the winner of the 1968 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Picture Books. Books to celebrate chinese New year 8. Emma’s American Chinese New Year A Beautiful and thoughtful story of an adopted child from China and her new family in the US getting together to learn about and celebrate the Chinese New Year. She and her family observe the special holiday by participating in traditional customs and activities that honor Emma’s Chinese heritage-all with an American twist. Chinese New Year Booklist 9. Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats: A Treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales, Activities & Recipes A stunning compilation of delectable recipes, hands-on family activities, and traditional tales to read aloud, this extraordinary book will inspire families everywhere to re-create the magic of Chinese holidays in their own homes. Books on Chinese New Year 10. This Next New Year by Janet S. Wong This award-winning book captures a child’s determination to face the new year with courage and optimism. A young boy looks forward to the Lunar New Year, often called the Chinese New Year, a time of hope—and you don’t have to be Chinese to celebrate it! Books for Chinese New Year

 

11 Chinese New Year Printables

  1. Year of the Monkey Book Mark: Do you have the characteristics of someone born in the Year of the Monkey? Print out these cute bookmarks and find out!
  2. Chinese Characters Numbers: Use this Chinese Characters Number Poster to brighten up the walls of your home at Chinese New Year or for Print and cut these out for counting or matching activities.
  3. Chinese Dragon Mask :- Free printable Chinese dragon mask to color and make into a wearable paper mask.
  4. Chinese Sensory writing : Learn to count to ten in Chinese with a sensory writing tray.
  5. Mr. Panda Craft Template:  Though the adorable Panda is not a part of traditional symbols used during the Chinese New Year, this cute animal largely native to the Sichuan Region denotes China cultural-ism to a great extent
  6. Year of the Monkey : Chinese Zodiac Mask : Celebrate Chinese culture with your kids by making this colorful Chinese Zodiac mask.
  7. Dot to Dot Red Packet: Join the dots to reveal something exciting for Chinese New Year…
  8. Chinese New Year Bunting : Brighten up any Chinese New Year themed decor with this colorful bunting
  9. Chinese New Year Word Search Puzzle:  Along with Dumplings, fireworks and Chinese New Year themed crafts, keep your kids busy with this New Year Word Search Puzzle
  10. Dot to Dot Printables: What are these oranges sitting in? Join the dots to find out!
  11. Tracing Good Luck (fu) :pre-writing tracing of the Chinese characters for fu, meaning good luck. Also great for Fine motor skills

 

10 Chinese New Year  Themed Coloring Pages

Free Coloring pages for Chinese New Year

  1. No Chinese New Year Decoration is complete without the quintessential Chinese Lantern
  2. Get the family together just before the Chinese New year to clean the house and drive out bad luck,
  3. Dragon dances are performed by a group of dancers who manipulate a long flexible figure of a dragon using poles positioned at regular intervals along the length of the dragon
  4. The Kitchen God watches over the Chinese household and gives his report to the Jade Emperor. Fruits are offered and Incense sticks burnt for his blessing
  5. Learn to wish Xin Nian Kuai Le (Happy New Year in Chinese) with this adorable illustration. Also, check out The Chinese character for “Pig.” & The Chinese phrases say “Happy New Year!” with this Year of the pig Coloring page https://holidappy.com/holidays/Printable-Coloring-Pages-for-Year-of-the-Pig-Kid-Crafts-for-Chinese-New-Year
  6. A rice bowl and chopsticks are a familiar part of any Chinese feast!
  7. Learn a little bit about China and its flag and what does it represent with this colouring printable flag for kids.
  8. Practice Saying ‘Gong Xi Fa Cai’ with this cute boy dressed up in traditional Chinese New Year Costume.
  9. The Traditional Chinese new Year feast/ Reunion Dinner is a great way to get families together. Each of the foods served has a symbolic meaning.
  10. Color the Chinese New Year decorations via crayola. 

 

15 Chinese New Year activities for kids

  1. Keep the Chinese tradition of cleaning house before the New Year comes in … sounds like a good excuse to get the whole family doing a bit of housework 😉
  2. Read a Book. There are many great books about Chinese New Year, and Chinese folk tales to be found. – See more at the bottom of this post
  3. Sing along easy Chinese Rhymes with help of Pinyin Text (Chinese written in English). Liang Zhi Laohu (two little tigers) etc are popular rhymes
  4. Cook a Chinese Meal or Order Chinese take out food
  5. Master the art of using chopsticks during your meal
  6. Watch a Chinese new year parade on television or online.
  7. Catch a classic Chinese Movie
  8. Ward off evil spirits by marching around the house clanging pan lids as cymbals
  9. Have a look at some Chinese art and make scroll paintings
  10. Free style draw an enormous map of China on an old roll of lining paper and build a Chinese wall all the way along the map
  11. Bring Chinese popular culture into your home with their national sport of ping pong, the popular game of Jianzi, and tangram puzzles.
  12. The traditional colour for the Chinese celebration is red so why not have a red day – wearing red clothes, eating red food, having a treasure hunt to find all your red toys and making a collage picture using lots of shades of red?
  13. Sip on Chinese tea
  14. Invite friends over and play an online game of the popular Mahjong
  15. Encourage your child to connect with a Penpal from China

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  1. It his is so great. Lots of ideas and themes that are closely related to Chinese New Year.