12 Amazing Kids Crafts for Chinese New Year

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12 Amazing Kids Crafts for Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is just around the corner. People all over the world celebrate the Lunar New Year, which runs for 15 days. Customs include cleaning the home to sweep out bad fortune and allow good fortune to enter. Children also receive money in special red envelopes, which you can read about in the book Sam and the Lucky Money.

I lived in Malaysia for three years and always looked forward to the Chinese New Year celebrations. In January, temples, malls and local areas turned into a sea of red and gold. Every year we visited the huge Thean Hou Temple, in Kuala Lumpur. During the 15 day festivities, the temple holds a lion dance which you can see in the video below. Children and adults give the lion money and gifts and the lion throws oranges back into the crowd, a symbol of good luck.

Keep scrolling down for a great selection of craft activities related to Chinese New Year and Chinese culture. Happy New Year! Gung Hay Fat Choy!

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Dragon Corner Bookmark:

Red Ted Art has a great video to show you how to make a dragon bookmark. Also check out the rest of the amazing bookmark tutorials on the website!

Chinese New Year Sensory Tray

This great sensory bin by Rubber Boots and Elf Shoes is full of different visual and tactile experiences for children. The activity encourages scooping, filling, pouring and sorting.

Lego Animals of the Chinese Zodiac

Is your child obsessed with Lego? Planet Smarty Pants links to videos of how to make each animal of the Zodiac from Lego.


DIY Red Envelopes for Chinese New Year

Red envelopes are an exciting way to receive money from family members during Chinese New Year. Learn from One Dog Woof how to make this very traditional part of Chinese New Year with your own child.

Chinese New Year drum craft for kids

Gift of Curiosity shows how to recreate a traditional Chinese drum called the Bolang Gu. There are two side of the drum so when it is turned from side to side the pellets make a rhythmic sound.

Create a Chinese dragon

The Consortium Early Years shows how to easily make this wonderful 3d Chinese dragon from paper plates and paint.

Chinese Sun Catcher Lantern

Follow the instructions from The Gingerbread House to make this lovely Chinese lantern sun catcher.

Thumbprint Chinese Zodiac Crafts

Fun Handprint Art made this great visual representations of the Chinese Zodiac wheel using thumbprint for the animals. Bonus thumbprint dragon as well!

Hanging Citrus Fruit Paper Craft

During Chinese New Year in Malaysia I used to get boxes of oranges from local book suppliers as a good luck token. Buggy and Buddy show how you can make your own citrus decorations to hang in the classroom or at home.

Paper Plate Fans

China is known for its beautiful hand fans. With Chinese New Year around the corner why not make some of your own using The Pinterested Parent instructions.

Chinese New Year Accordion Folded Lanterns

A different type of lantern craft from Pink Stripey Socks. Use different coloured construction paper to create different styled lanterns. You can also practice some Chinese writing.

Paper Tube Firecrackers

Living in London and Malaysia I have experienced the sight, smell and sounds of fire crackers around Chinese New Year. This West Coast Mommy has instructions on how to make your own, though a little less noisy than the real ones!

How to Make Paper Fortune Cookies

These origami fortune cookies are fun and easy to make. Unsophisticook shows how you can celebrate Chinese New Year with cute fortune cookies. You can use different paper to use them for weddings, Valentine’s Day, birthdays, etc.

If you celebrate Chinese New Year what do you do to celebrate? I would love to know if you tried any of these wonderful craft activities. Let me know in the comments.

Don’t forget the check out these wonderful Chinese New Year picture books!

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