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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Chinese New Year can be a great way of introducing new cultural ideas, customs and foods to your child. Here are some amazing crafts that you could do with kids.
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Chinese New Year Crafts For Kids
#1. Cherry Blossom Lantern
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 string of lights find white cylinder lanterns and decorate each one with a unique painting.
#2. Chinese New Year Cut & Paste Picture Dictionary
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
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!
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#4. Red Envelopes For Chinese New Year
It is a tradition to give money in red envelopes with gold lettering to loved ones to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
First Palette 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
I just love this Chinese New Year Skyline craft for kids from Sweetnicks
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
Create traditional Chinese Drums to ring in the New Year using paper plates, ribbons and beads. You’ll find full instructions over on Artsy Momma.
Best of all, they won’t make too much noise!
#7. Goldfish Kite
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
Watch our quick instruction 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. Learn About Pandas
Learn more about these cute pandas for Chinese New Year, and create your own masterpieces with these fun panda craft ideas for kids.
Pandas are one of the most adorable animals, and always a popular choice with kids. If you’ve ever wondered about these intriguing animals, you’re sure to find these panda facts for kids very interesting!
#10. Chinese New Year Fish Crafts for Kids
Use the principles of simple Origami to create Chinese New Year Fish that would look great as decorations around the house.
I am a Full Time Mummy uses 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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Have your say! Do you have any other Chinese New Year crafts for kids to suggest for our readers? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!