Ever since my youngest was born, one of my main goals was to brainstorm ways that my two children could enjoy the same activity, even though they are 3 years apart. Coloring and scribbling activities are generally successful with my kids, and I occasionally make coloring sheets for Chinese character learning and review! To ring the new year of 2019, I have created Happy New Year Coloring Sheets in simplified and traditional Chinese!
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Goals of the New Year coloring sheets:
- Learn that the year is 2019
- Learn Chinese characters:
- 新年快乐 (Xīnnián kuàilè / Happy New Year in simplified Chinese)
- 新年快樂 (Xīnnián kuàilè / Happy New Year in traditional Chinese)
- 你好 (Nǐ hǎo / Hello in traditional Chinese)
- 再见 (Zàijiàn / Goodbye in simplified Chinese!)
- 再見 (Zàijiàn / Goodbye in traditional Chinese!)
In order for the kids to focus on these important goals, the images (fireworks, shapes confetti) are simple by intention.
Here’s what our coloring sheets looked like last year:
And this is how they look in 2019!
In addition to changing year 2019, I also changed the font to KaiTi. I read this helpful post on Guavarama about Chinese fonts, and I realized that KaiTi font is better than the prior default font I was using for printbales. KaiTi font preserves the shape of brushstrokes and therefore helps with future writing skills.
How my children used the coloring sheets
Since my daughter has been learning to write Chinese, she colored in each character according to the stroke order. I was impressed that she actually thought of it herself, and I think it’s because she is already doing that for the 九九消寒图 activity for 冬至节.
My son loves to scribble and explore making marks with different crayons, markers, and colored pencils! We talk about different colors and shapes that he sees on the paper. I also name the Chinese characters for him even though I don’t expect him to know what they are right away.
When my 老二 (lǎo èr / second child) was 15 months old, I used to secure a sheet of paper with painter’s tape, and he would get so excited about doing the same thing as his big sister. Last year, I remember my daughter diligently coloring while reminding her little brother not to eat the crayons. “小弟弟！不要把蜡笔放在嘴里！(Xiǎo dìdì! Bùyào bǎ làbǐ fàng zài zuǐ lǐ! / Little brother! Don’t put the crayons in your mouth!”) Now my son is 27 months old and thankfully out of the mouthing phase! But he still loves to copy is 5-year-old sister!
Free Happy New Year Coloring Sheets in Chinese
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再见, 2018! 你好, 2019! 新年快乐!
Other Chinese New Year resources for children
- 20+ Fun and Educational Chinese New Year Activities for Kids!
- Chinese New Year books and audiobooks in Chinese and English
- Chinese New Year YouTube videos in Mandarin Chinese