Lunar New Year is almost here, and my kids and I are having fun with Chinese New Year crafts and activities!
Lunar New Year is the most important holiday in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Vietnam, and other Asian countries.
My children and I have been learning Chinese together, and Chinese New Year crafts and activities have been a fun way to celebrate our family’s Chinese heritage!
How do you celebrate Chinese New Year?
For a fresh start to Chinese New Year, houses are cleaned and decorated with lucky colors, red and gold.
In addition, Chinese lanterns and banners have messages of fortune, happiness, wealth, and longevity!
To celebrate Chinese New Year, you can read Chinese New Year books with your family or classroom and try the Chinese New Year activities and crafts in this post!
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Hands-On Chinese New Year Crafts and Activities for Children
To celebrate Chinese New Year, children of all ages can have fun with engaging Chinese New Year crafts and activities.
If you are thinking about preparing activities for a Chinese New Year celebration at your child’s school, consider the children’s ages and number of available assistants.
Menu of Fun, Educational Chinese New Year Activities!
The following activities are organized as follows:
- Chinese culture: red envelopes, banners, lanterns, paper fans, and more!
- Chinese literacy: word puzzles, word-matching and coloring, calligraphy
- Chinese zodiac animals – printable animal activities and crafts
(1) Chinese New Year Crafts about cultural traditions
1. Chinese New Year Red Envelope – Free Printable
Red envelopes (also known as red packets) are extremely important for Chinese New Year!
Download the free printable Chinese red envelopes and decorate with glitter glue and rhinestone stickers!
Characters options include 福, 囍, 寿 or 壽, 家, 春, 好, and 恩. Christian phrases are also included!
2. Chinese New Year Banners
Although Chinese New Year banners are typically red and gold, we had some fun with rainbow colors!
You can download the free printable Chinese banners here in simplified and traditional Chinese!
3. Chinese New Year Craft with Cardboard Chinese Firecrackers
With cardboard tubes and red envelopes, you can make your own lucky Chinese Firecrackers for Chinese New Year!
This is one of many great cultural crafts from Chinese American Family.
4. Chinese Paper Folding Fans
Want to make the easiest Chinese paper fans with your kids? Click here to learn how to make Chinese paper fans!
5. Chinese peach blossom number bonds
I love this hands-on math activity from Tot School with OSH! Learn number bonds with Chinese peach blossom flowers! Check out more Chinese New Year activities that her child is doing on Instagram!
6. Yin Yang Paper Plate Puzzle
The famous Yin Yang symbol represents harmony and balance in Chinese colors.
This paper plate puzzle is a creative way to learn about yin yang! This can be fun for Chinese New Year or any time of the year!
7. Paper Plate Chinese Drum for Chinese New Year
Ring in Lunar New Year with a fun and easy paper plate Chinese Drum craft!
Learn how to make a paper plate Chinese drum at Gift of Curiosity.
8. Rainbow Paper Fortune Cookies
Although fortune cookies are not traditional Chinese food, they are a common staple of Western Chinese restaurants and filled with special messages on the inside!
9. Printable Rounded Chinese Lanterns for Chinese New Year
Fortune Cookie Mom, a bilingual homeschooling website, has beautiful lantern printables that you can make with your family!
Click here for the free printable and DIY instructions!
10. 3-Dimensional Chinese Paper Cutting 春 Craft for Chinese New Year
Miss Panda Chinese has a free printable that you can cut and use to decorate your home for good luck!
In Chinese, Lunar New Year marks the start of 春 (Chūn / Spring).
Therefore, Lunar New Year is also known as 春節 | 春节 (Spring Festival) in Chinese.
Click here to visit her website for the free download!
11. Chinese Paper Cutting for Lunar New Year of the Rat
Pink Stripey Socks has a simple yet clever way of cutting red paper in interesting designs for the year of the rat! Her kid-friendly tutorial is in this link!
12. Chinese Lunar New Year Mystery Box
Spot of Sunshine has an interactive “Mystery Box” idea with important cultural elements: red envelopes, orange, dumpling, firecracker, and banner. She explains each cultural element in this post!
(2) Chinese Literacy Activities for Chinese New Year
1. Chinese water calligraphy for Chinese New Year
Chinese calligraphy is a beautiful and artistic form of writing that is highly respected in Chinese culture.
My kids always have fun with magic water calligraphy, a reusable and eco-friendly way to practice writing!
For your children or students, you can buy this from Amazon. See examples of how we used the magic writing cloth for Chinese writing practice here.
2. Chinese New Year Craft Stick Puzzle for Kids
Learn the important Chinese New Year Greeting “恭喜发财” with this craft stick puzzle from CHALK Academy! You can also adapt this puzzle to other words!
3. Happy New Year coloring sheets in Chinese!
Free printable Happy New Year coloring sheets in simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese!
You can download Chinese New Year coloring sheets here.
(3) Chinese Zodiac Activities for Chinese New Year
1. Chinese Zodiac Wheel – Learn about the 12 animals
To learn the Chinese Zodiac, this interactive wheel shows you which animals correspond to which year.
The printable wheel is available in simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, and English.
2. Chinese Zodiac Animal Crafts
3. Chinese Zodiac Animal Matching
Happy Tot shelf is one of the most creative and original moms I have met! One of her many clever Chinese New Year activities includes this Chinese Zodiac animal matching activity with egg cartons!
Click here to visit to see details of each activity on Happy Tot Shelf!
4. Whirling Paper Plate Chinese Dragon for Chinese New Year
Chinese Dragon crafts just got more fun with this bouncy, whirling paper plate dragon craft from Red Ted Art!
5. Dancing Paper Roll Chinese New Year Dragon Craft
Vibrant dragon craft made from upcycled materials and colored with acrylic paint!
Save all of your toilet paper rolls, because longer dragons = more fortune! 🙂
This is one of the many wonderful ideas from Oh Creative Day!
6. Paper Chain Chinese Dragon Puppet
This is a cute DIY Chinese dragon craft made easy with the free printable from Pink Stripey Socks!
7. Year of the Pig: 小猪小猪肥嘟嘟 Chinese song lyrics and pig activities!
Since 2019 was the year of the pig, we learned a cute 小猪小猪肥嘟嘟 song and had fun with pig activities!
*Mouse song printable lyrics for 2020 soon to come!*
Save these Chinese crafts for Lunar New Year on Pinterest!
Happy New Year! May you have a prosperous new year!
Other Chinese New Year resources for children
- Chinese New Year YouTube Videos about Culture and Music in Mandarin Chinese
- Ultimate Chinese Gift Guide for Kids: Cultural, Educational, & Fun Toys
- 100+ Chinese Songs for Kids – Children’s Music in Mandarin Chinese