I’m so excited to share our favorite Korean Lunar New Year crafts and activities with you! When my kids were younger, they learned Korean language from our former nanny. Although they are no longer learning Korean, I hope they can embrace their Korean heritage, despite living far from their Korean paternal grandparents.
Finding Korean-specific crafts online has been challenging for our family, so I’m hoping this post can encourage more families and schools to celebrate Korean culture! I’ll explain the activities along with key Korean vocabulary below.
Please refer to Chinese Lunar New Year crafts for activities specific to Chinese culture.
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Important Korean Lunar New Year vocabulary
For parents who are learning Korean with their children, below are a few important terms related to the Lunar New Year activities in this post!
- 새해 복 많이 받으세요 (Saehae bok mani badeuseyo / Happy New Year)
- 새해 = New year
- 복 = Luck
- 많이 = Many
- 받으세요 = Received (Honorific way of saying 받다)
- 설날 (Seollal / Lunar New Year)
- 태극 (Taegeuk)
- 부채 (Buchae / Fan)
- 흔들북 (Heundeulbug / Drum) or 소고 (Sogo / Small Drum)
- 윳놀이 (Yut Nori)
- 공기 (Gonggi / Korean Jacks)
- 제기차기 (Jegi Chagi)
- 나랑 놀자! (Nalang nolja / Play with me!) or 같이 놀자! (Gat-i nolja / Let’s play together!)
What is the Korean taegeuk 태극 / 太極 symbol?
South Korean’s national flag features a red and blue Taegeuk symbol which represents balance in the universe.
Both of these Korean Lunar New Year crafts feature a tri-colored variation of the Korean Taegeuk symbol. Red, blue, and yellow represent Earth, heaven, and humanity respectively.
Korean paper plate pellet drum craft for kids
Korean paper plate drum craft: what you need
- 2 biodegradable paper plates
- Acrylic paint (buy from Michaels or Amazon)
- Paint brush
- String (eg, cotton twine)
- Tacky or wood glue
- Wood beads or jingle bells
- Wood chopstick or tree branch stick
Korean paper plate drum craft: how to make it
- Draw Taegeuk outline on back of one paper plate (second plate optional)
- Paint red, blue, and yellow as shown in above photo
- Inside 2 paper plates:
- Glue a stick vertically in center
- Glue a piece of string on each side of paper plate
- Thread beads or jingle bells at end of each string
- Roll stick to rotate drum back and forth for pellets to hit drum (plate)!
Korean taeguk fan craft
Cardboard Korean taeguk fan craft: what you need
- Printable Korean taegeuk fan template from aerilynbooks.com
- Click on “Free downloadable worksheets”
- Scroll to the bottom for “Paper Fan Craft”
- Cardboard (tip: cereal boxes are easier to cut compared to delivery packages!)
- Markers or paint
- Large craft stick (popsicle stick)
Cardboard Korean fan craft: how to make it
- Print and cut Korean Taeguk fan template
- Trace fan shape on cardboard
- Glue fan template on cardboard
- Color red, yellow, and blue
- Enjoy fanning and keeping cool! 🙂
Alternative option: If your child is not interested in coloring, you can print out the template on red, yellow, and blue cardstock paper.
Korean Lunar New Year games
Here are fun traditional Korean games that have been recommended by relatives and friends:
- 윳놀이 Yut Nori Board Game: You can buy this game on Amazon or download a free printable from Modern Seoul.
- 공기 Korean Jacks Stone Game: Our friend gave us this popular children’s game from Amazon, which can be played any time of the year! This video explains the game in English.
- 제기차기 Jegi Chagi Game: This fun game involves kicking a 제기 jegi into the air and keeping it up in the air. A 제기 looks similar to a badminton shuttlecock which you can buy on Amazon or DIY with paper wrapped around a small coin.
Korean hanbok coloring pages
My kids had fun coloring free Korean Hanbok coloring pages for kids! You can download the free printables from Aerilyn Books.
Korean Lunar New Year coloring pages
For more free Korean New Year coloring pages, we downloaded these cute printables from Tigerboom Creative with bubble Hangul letters!
Korean Lunar New Year books for kids
Last but not least, reading is one of the best family activities! Check out these 8 great Lunar New Year books to learn more about popular cultural traditions!
Have you tried these Korean activities for Lunar New Year?
If you try this activity, please let us know in the comments below! What age(s) are your kid(s) and how did it go? We’d love to hear about your learning experience!