10 Stunning Chinese New Year Crafts for Kids to Make


January 12, 2022

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If you are looking for activities to mark the Chinese New Year with the kids, then we have some fun projects that are perfect.

From cherry blossom lanterns to origami frogs, here are 10 stunning Chinese New Year crafts for kids. Kung Hei Fat Choy!

Chinese New Year Crafts for Kids

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.

#1. Cherry Blossom Lantern

Spring Crafts for Kids Cherry Blossom Lantern Activity Village

Image: 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 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.

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#3. Chinese Dragon Puppet

Craft for Kids Chinese New Year Dragon Puppet from DLTK

Image: 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: First 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 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: Sweetnicks

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 Dragon Masks

Image: Supercoloring.com

Create traditional Chinese New Year Dragon Masks, just print, colour in – the more colourful the better! – and tie elastic around the back of the mask to fit your child.

Perfect for some dragon prancing around the room afterwards!

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#7. Goldfish Kite

Goldfish kite - Chinese new year

Image: 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

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

Panda craft ideas - Mykidstime

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

chinese new year fish craft

Image: 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.

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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