To help kids learn common Chinese characters for Happy New Year, I designed these coloring pages to share with your families! These Happy New Year Coloring Sheets are in simplified and traditional Chinese! I’ve also added word-matching sticker activity sheets that can also be used for coloring!
*Please note that the printables have been updated for 2021. I have not had time to retake photos for this post and apologize for any confusion.*
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Goals of the Chinese New Year coloring sheets
Since the holidays are generally the busiest time of year, I hope these Chinese coloring sheets can help save you time for preparing a Chinese lesson!
Chinese activities can serve as visual prompts to speak Chinese consistently.
In addition, it’s important to create a print-rich environment so kids are used to seeing Chinese characters.
Here are additional goals for these Chinese coloring pages!
- Learn that the year is 2021
- Learn Chinese characters listed in order of simplified Chinese / traditional Chinese if different (Pinyin / English):
- 新年快乐 / 新年快樂 (Xīnnián kuàilè / Happy New Year)
- 你好 (Nǐ hǎo / Hello)
- 再见 / 再見 (Zàijiàn / Goodbye)
- 祝你新年快乐! / 祝你新年快樂! (Zhù nǐ xīnnián kuàilè / Wishing you a happy new year!)
To help kids memorize Chinese characters, the black-and-white images (fireworks, shapes confetti) are intentionally simple.
Chinese New Year coloring pages in KaiTi font
These Chinese New Year Coloring Sheets are in KaiTi font. KaiTi is the standard Chinese font, and it’s the best font to use when teaching children Chinese characters. KaiTi font preserves the shape of each Chinese brush stroke.
When children learn to write Chinese, they will have a better chance at figuring out stroke order based on the shape of the Chinese character strokes.
What you need for the Chinese New Year Coloring Sheets
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- Free printables
- Printer paper
- Markers, crayons, or colored pencils (see our favorite art supplies here)
- 0.75″ dot stickers
- Black Sharpie marker
How my children are have used the coloring sheets
老大 (Lǎodà / Oldest Child)
老二 (Lǎo èr / Second Child)
My toddler son loves to scribble and explore different art supplies like crayons, markers, and colored pencils!
When my 老二 (lǎo èr / second child) was 15 months old, I used to secure a sheet of paper with painter’s tape. He would get so excited about coloring the same Chinese activities as his big sister!
We talk about different colors and shapes that he sees on the paper.
Now 老二 is 3 years old and is motivated to learn the Chinese character names!
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