Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year) marks the start of the lunar calendar and new Zodiac year. It is one of the most important holidays in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, and other Asian countries. For a fresh start, houses are cleaned and decorated with lucky colors, red and gold. In addition, lanterns and banners have messages of fortune, happiness, wealth, and longevity! To celebrate Chinese New Year, I have put together a list of engaging activities from websites dedicated to children’s education. I hope your family has fun with these cultural crafts!
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Hands-On Chinese New Year Activities for Children
1. Montessori-inspired Chinese New Year shelf!
Happy Tot shelf has an entire shelf of DIY Chinese New Year activities. Activities include Zodiac animal matching and learn how to read 狗 (gǒu / dog) in Chinese. Click here to visit the website to see details of each activity!
2. 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! Check out the DIY instructions and video tutorial using colorful printer paper!
3. Cardboard Tube Chinese Firecrackers
With cardboard tubes and red envelopes, you can make your own lucky Chinese Firecrackers! This is one of many great cultural crafts from Chinese American Family.
4. Dancing Paper Roll Chinese 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!
5. 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!
6. Whirling Paper Plate Chinese Dragon
Chinese Dragon crafts just got more fun with this bouncy, whirling paper plate dragon craft from Red Ted Art!
7. Paper Plate Chinese Drum
Ring in Lunar New Year with a fun and easy paper plate Chinese Drum craft! Check out the DIY details at Gift of Curiosity.
8. Chinese New Year Craft Stick Puzzle
Learn the important Chinese New Year Greeting “恭喜发财” with this craftstick puzzle from CHALK Academy!
9. Chinese Red Envelope Free Printable
Red envelopes (also known as red packets) are extremely important for Chinese New Year! Download the free printable and decorate with glitter glue and rhinestone stickers! Characters options include 福, 囍, 寿 or 壽, 家, 春, 好, 恩.
10. 3-Dimensional Paper Cutting 春 Activity
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 resourceful website for the free download!
11. Printable Rounded Chinese Lanterns
Fortune Cookie Mom has beautiful lantern printables that you can make with your family! Click here for the free printable and DIY instructions!
12. 福 (Fú / Good Luck) Sign
Miss Panda Chinese has a free download for the lucky 福 sign that you can hang in your home! You can download the printable from her website here.
13. Printable Chinese Dragon Puppets
DIY just got easier with these free, fun, interactive, dragon puppet printables from Red Ted Art!
14. Movable Chinese Dragon Paper Plate Craft
15. Chinese Paper Folding Fans
Want to make the easiest Chinese hand fans with your kids? Click here to learn how to DIY!
16. Paper Bag Chinese Dragon Puppet
This is a cute DIY Chinese dragon craft made easy with the free printable from Pink Stripey Socks!
17. Chinese Zodiac Wheel
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. See the wheel in action in the video below!
18. Chinese Themed Sensory Bin for Toddlers
Young children love to feel different textures. This festive sensory bin allows them to explore the texture of rice and use fine motor skills to practice pouring and scooping in red envelopes. Visit Gift of Curiosity for details.
If you try any of these Chinese New Year activites with your children, let us know! We’d love to hear how your family celebrates Chinese New Year!
Also, if you are still looking for Chinese New Year books and audiobooks, click here to see our recommendations!
To see other Chinese activities by topic (eg, math, human body, etc), click here.
Happy New Year! May you have a prosperous new year!