10 Stunning Chinese New Year Crafts For Kids

chinese new year crafts for kids

Are you looking for activities to mark the Chinese New Year with the kids? From Cherry Blossom Lanterns to Origami Frogs, here are 10 Stunning Chinese New Year Crafts for Kids. Kung Hei Fat Choy!

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Upcoming Chinese New Years

  • Chinese New Year 2020 is the Year of the Rat and begins on January 25th.
  • 2021 Chinese New Year is the Year of the Ox and begins on February 12th.
  • And Chinese New Year 2022 will be The Year of the Tiger and begins on February 1st.

Chinese New Year can be a good way of introducing new cultural ideas and customs to your child. Here are some amazing crafts that you could do with kids.

10 Stunning Chinese New Year Crafts For Kids

#1. Cherry Blossom Lantern Crafts for Kids

Crafts for Kids Cherry Blossom Lantern Activity Village
Image courtesy of Activity Village

Create a stunning Chinese style lantern by painting your very own Cherry Blossom Pattern onto a paper lantern.

You could use a round lantern or if you want to have a sting of lights find white cylinder lanterns and decorate each one with a unique painting.

You could also add Chinese symbols or writing onto your lanterns.

#2. Chinese New Year Cut & Paste Picture Dictionary

Crafts for Kids Chinese New Year Dictionary from Enchanted Learning
Image courtesy of Enchanted Learning

Print and decorate your own Chinese New Year Picture Dictionary with this downloadable template from Enchanted Learning.

Once created this book can be used year after year as all the animal symbols are there, along with the dates and symbols for years to come.

#3. Chinese Dragon Puppet

Craft for Kids Chinese New Year Dragon Puppet from DLTK
Image courtesy of DLTK

Have fun folding, sticking and gluing with these paper plate crafts for kids from DLTK. Create the perfect Chinese Dragon Puppet to accompany the traditional Chinese Dragon Dance.

Add a piece of bamboo so your Dragon Puppet can dance along too.

#4. Red Envelopes For Chinese New Year

chinese new year red envelope craft
Image courtesy of Red Palette

It is a tradition to give money in red envelopes with gold lettering to loved ones to celebrate the Chinese New Year. First Palette has created a tutorial post on how to create a beautiful Red Envelope of your own.

You can decorate yours with the animal symbol for the year to come.

#5. Chinese New Year Skylines

crafts for kids chinese new year skylines from lets go fly a kite
Image courtesy of Let’s Go Fly A Kite

I just love this Chinese New Year Skyline craft for kids from Let’s Go Fly a Kite.

Made using newspaper with thumbprint lanterns, this would look great anytime of year. You could add fireworks or dancing dragons too, be as creative as you like.

#6. Chinese Drum Crafts for Kids

chinese drum craft
Image courtesy of Artsymomma

Create traditional Chinese Drums to ring in the New Year using paper plates, ribbons and beads.

Best of all they won’t make too much noise! Get full instructions over on Artsymomma.

#7. Goldfish Kite

crafts for kids chinese new year goldfish from Lightly Enchanted
Image courtesy of Lightly Enchanted

In China, Goldfish are considered to bring abundance. I love this pretty Goldfish Kite from Lightly Enchanted.

They are created using the inner tube from kitchen or toilet roll and crepe paper and will provide hours of fun for the kids, not just while they are making them, but when they get to fly them too.

#8. Origami Frogs

origami frogWatch our how to video for how to create an origami frog, one that even hops!

A great craft for kids to celebrate the Chinese New Year or to make any time of year. You could create them in lots of different colours.

#9. Panda Crafts for Kids

panda craft
Image courtesy of Crafty Crafted

Create this cute panda for Chinese New Year, with instructions over on Crafty Crafted.

All you will need is an empty bottle, some black and white craft paper and glue.

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#10. Chinese New Year Fish Crafts for Kids

chinese new year fish craft
Image courtesy of I am a full time Mummy

Use the principles of simple Origami to create Chinese New Year Fish that would look great as decorations around the house.

In the post over on I am a full time Mummy, they use Red Packets (Ang Pows) but if you can’t get those you could use strong wrapping paper. Just make sure you cut them into an exact square shape for the fish to work.

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Do you have any other suggestions for Chinese New Year crafts for kids to make? Please share your ideas in the comments box below.

10 Stunning Chinese New Year Crafts for Kids

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