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Crafts and Activities for Chinese New Year

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Western Year Chinese Year Date of Chinese New Year Symbol
2015 4712 February 19 Goat
2014 4711 January 31 Horse
2013 4710 February 10 Snake
2012 4709 January 23 Dragon
2011 4708 February 3 Rabbit
2010 4707 February 14 Tiger
2009 4706 January 26 Ox
2008 4705 February 7 Rat
2007 4704 February 18 Boar (pig)
2006 4703 January 29 Dog
2005 4702 February 9 Rooster
2004 4701 January 22 Monkey
2003 4700 February 1 Goat
2002 4699 February 12 Horse
2001 4698 January 24 Snake
2000 4697 February 5 Dragon
1999 4696 February 16 Rabbit
1998 4695 January 28 Tiger
1997 4694 February 7 Ox
Chinese New Year is a very important holiday in China. It is celebrated in late January to early February (depending on the year). It is also called the Spring Festival because it marks the end of the winter and the beginning of the spring in the Chinese calendar. Chinese New Year starts on a New Moon and ends with the lantern festival on the full moon 15 days later.

In 2014, Chinese New Year starts on January 31. In the Chinese calendar, it is the year 4711, and the Year of the Horse.

A common Chinese New Year's greeting in Cantonese is "Gung hay fat choy," which means "May you become prosperous." On Chinese New Year, the themes of happiness, wealth, and longevity are celebrated. On Chinese New Year, families reunite, special foods are eatten, fireworks are lit, and children receive money in lucky red paper envelopes.

These crafts projects are for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school children. The crafts use materials found around the house, like cardboard, paper, boxes, string, crayons, paint, glue, etc. See a page about color mixing to see how to combine paint to make all the colors of the rainbow.

Click on any of the crafts to go to the instructions. Have fun!

CHINESE LANTERN

A simple lantern to make from paper.

TANGRAM PUZZLE

A traditional Chinese puzzle to make out of paper.

FIREWORKS CRAFT

fireworks

Create your own fireworks by using dark construction paper, glue and different colors of glitter. Great for Chinese New Year.

DANCING DRAGON/LION TOY

Make a dancing paper lion or dragon toy for Chinese New Year.

PAPER BAG PUPPETS


An easy way to make a panda and other cute puppets.

Short Books to Print:


Chinese New Year
A Printable Activity Book for Early Readers

A short, printable activity book on the Chinese New Year for beginning readers, with pages on Chinese New Year, the Chinese Zodiac, lucky money envelopes, the dragon, and a map of China.


Chinese New Year
Tiny Picture Dictionary

A short, printable picture dictionary of the animals of the Chinese New Year -- for early readers. The student cuts out the pages, staples them together, then writes each word in the tiny book. The words are: dog, dragon, goat, horse, monkey, ox, pig, rabbit, rat, rooster, snake, tiger.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013



Chinese New Year
Cut-and-Paste Picture Dictionary

A short, printable picture dictionary for Chinese New Year -- for early readers. Color, cut and paste the pictures in the right places. Then write the words under the pictures. Cut out each page and staple them together (in the right order) to make a tiny book. The words are: dog, dragon, goat, horse, monkey, ox, pig, rabbit, rat, rooster, snake, tiger.


Chinese New Year Words Mini Book
A Printable Writing Book

A tiny, printable book about simple words related to Chinese New Year -- for early readers and writers. The book has 2 pages to print and makes 8 pages for the student to cut out, color, and write in. The words are: dragon, China, moon, envelope, lantern, fireworks, and "Can you think of another Chinese New Year word?"


Chinese New Year
A Printable Activity Book for Fluent Readers

A short, printable activity book on the Chinese New Year for fluent readers, with pages on New Year traditions, the Chinese Zodiac, the phases of the moon, and a map of China.


Chinese Counting Book
A Printable Activity Book for Early Readers

A short, printable activity book on the Chinese numbers from 1 to 12.


Chinese Animals
Printable Book for Early Readers

A short, printable book about Chinese animal early readers. The book has pages on the Giant panda, red panda, leopard, tiger, yak, stork, sun bear, and golden monkey.


Panda

A short, printable book about the giant panda. The book has pages for the student to cut out, read, and color. The pages are: Intro, Anatomy, Habitat, Diet, Teeth, Fur and Paws, Eyes, Reproduction, and Classification.


Sheng Chú/Livestock

A short, printable book about farm animals in Chinese - for early readers. The book has pages for the student to cut out, read, and color, with animal names to write. The pages are: cow, pig, horse, sheep, chicken, goat, dog, rabbit, and duck.

Activities/Information about China and Chinese New Year:
Word Wheel

Chinese Zodiac Word Wheel

Make a Chinese zodiac word wheel using this 2-page print-out; it consists of a base page together with a wheel that spins around. When you spin the wheel, the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac are displayed (the picture, name of the animal, and the years that it represents), one at a time: rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat/ram, monkey, rooster, dog, pig, rat, ox, and tiger. The student then writes down the names of the 12 animals, beginning with the animal that represents the current year.
Chinese Zodiac

The Chinese Zodiac

A printout on the 12 animal signs of the Chinese zodiac and what years they represent. The student answers two questions about the Chinese zodiac.
Match words

Match Chinese Zodiac Words and Pictures

Match 10 Chinese Zodiac animal words to their pictures. The words are: monkey, rooster, dog, pig, rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat (ram). Or go to the answers.
grammar worksheet

Chinese New Year Grammar Potpourri Worksheet

Find synonyms, antonyms, anagrams, and homonyms, then capitalize, punctuate, and correct the spelling of sentences. Or go to the answers.
China map

Zoom School China

Use a pictorial interface to get Information on China, including maps, flags, printouts, and a quiz.


All About China

Information on China, including maps, flags, crafts, printouts, etc.
China flag

Chinese Flag/Printout

You can learn about China's flag, print it out, color it, and take a short quiz.
Flag of China -thumbnail
China's Flag
Simple Printable

A blackline master (printout) of the flag of China.
China map

China Map/Quiz Printout

You can print out a map of China, color it, and take a short quiz.
Follow the Instructions

China: Follow the Instructions

Color China according to simple directions, such as, "Trace the Great Wall in red." Or go to the answers.
China map

Chinese Map Printout

A printable map of China.
CHINA FIND IT!

A quiz on China to use with the Little Explorers Picture Dictionary. To answer the quiz questions, use the online illustrated dictionary.

THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA

Read about this incredible structure.



Chinese Artists

Color Chinese paintings online or print copies and then color them.
Inventors and Inventions from China and Taiwan
Learn about some Chinese inventions from the compass to pulp-formed paper.
PHASES OF THE MOON

Learn about the phases of the moon. The Chinese calendar is based in part on these lunar phases.

Spelling words

Chinese Zodiac Animals Spelling Word Questions

Use the list of Chinese Zodiac animal spelling words to answer simple questions. Words: monkey, rooster, dog, pig, rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat. Or go to the answers.
Draw Four

Draw Four Chinese New Year Items

Draw four Chinese New Year items. Below each item, write its name.
Spelling words

Chinese New Year Spelling Word Questions

Use the list of Chinese New Year spelling words to answer simple questions. Words: China, Chinese, new, year, zodiac, dragon, red, envelope, phase. Or go to the answers.
Missing Letters

Missing Letters in Chinese Zodiac Animals

Find the missing letters in Chinese Zodiac animal words, and then color the picture of the word. The words are ox, dog, pig, rat, goat, rooster, dragon, tiger, rabbit, horse, monkey, snake.
Unscramble Words

Unscramble Chinese Zodiac Animal Words

Unscramble the Chinese zodiac animal words, and then color the pictures of the words. The words are ox, dog, pig, rat, goat, rooster, dragon, tiger, rabbit, horse, monkey, snake.
Chavez wordsearch

Chinese New Year Wordsearch Puzzle

Find the words in the wordsearch puzzle, then use the extra letters to find the secret message. Secret Message: "Happy Chinese New Year to you." Or go to the answers.
Venn diagram

Chinese Zodiac Animals Venn Diagram Printout

On this printout, the student classifies Chinese zodiac animals by placing them in Venn diagrams. Or go to the answers.
Groundhog Day code

Chinese New Year Alphabet Code

Use the alphabet code to find the Chinese New Year message. Answer: "Chinese New Year starts on a new moon and lasts to the full moon."

dragon

Chinese New Year:
Word Hunt Worksheet

How many words can you make using the letters from "Chinese New Year"? Sample answers: chin, wince, yen, ... Go to worksheet with 30 blanks or a worksheet with 50 blanks.
Match syllables

Match the Syllables: Chinese New Year Words

Match two syllables to make 10 Chinese New Year words. The words are lantern, dragon, Chinese, lucky, fortune, tiger, happy, panda, golden, phases. Or go to the answers.
Alphabetical Order

Put 10 Chinese New Year Words in Alphabetical Order - Worksheet

Put 10 Chinese New Year words in alphabetical order. The words are: Chinese, dragon, envelope, lantern, moon, new, phases, red, year, zodiac. Go to the answers.
Find a word for each letter

Find a Chinese New Year Word for Each Letter

See if you can think of and write down a word related to Chinese New Year for each letter of the alphabet. Or go to a sample answer page.



Chinese New Year Word List
A list of words related to Chinese New Year.

Chinese Animals:


Panda Printout

Pandas are black and white bears from China.


Panda (Labeled)

Pandas are black and white bears from China.


Panda (Unlabeled)

Pandas are black and white bears from China.


Panda Book

A short, printable book about the giant panda. The book has pages for the student to cut out, read, and color. The pages are: Intro, Anatomy, Habitat, Diet, Teeth, Fur and Paws, Eyes, Reproduction, and Classification.
Silkworm

Silkworm

The silkworm moth is an insect (not a worm) that produces a silken cocoon. This cocoon is harvested to make silk thread.


Rat

2008 is the year of the rat.


Boar/Pig

2007 was the year of the boar/pig.


Dogs

Dogs are meat-eating mammals. 2006 was the year of the dog.


Tiger

Siberian tigers (also called Amur tigers) are are the largest tigers.


Horse

Horses are hooved mammals.


Rabbit (no labels)

A fast-moving mammal with long ears. Unlabeled picture to color plus information


Rabbit (labeled)

A fast-moving mammal with long ears. Labeled picture to color plus information.


Goat

Goats are sure-footed, hoofed mammals.


Snake

Snakes are reptiles that have a long, narrow body and no legs.


Rooster

A rooster is an adult, male chicken.
rooster

Rooster Printout

A printout on the rooster (just the image).


Monkey Printouts

Printouts of different monkeys.


Monkeys

Monkeys are intelligent, agile mammals.


Ox

Musk oxen are large, hairy mammals that live in the far north.

Chinese Numbers:


Chinese Numbers

Learn the Chinese numbers from 1 to 10.


Write Chinese Numbers: Printout

Write the Chinese numbers from 1 to 10.


Match Chinese and Western Numbers: Printout

See if you can match the Chinese numbers to Western numbers.


Chinese Counting Book
A Printable Activity Book for Early Readers

A short, printable activity book on the Chinese numbers from 1 to 12.

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