5 Fun Chinese New Year Activities for Kids

Kung Hei Fat Choy! Looking for some fun Chinese New Year ideas for kids? Here are 5 fun Chinese New Year activities for kids that you can do together.

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#1. Make a Chinese Dragon

dragonDespite being in Russian, has a template for making a Chinese Dragon with coloured paper, a printable for the head and tail, and using a concertinad paper and sticks to assemble your dragon.

The photos are fairly self-explanatory.If you toggle the language to English on their website, they also have some other great projects to do with kids.

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Recommended Read: 10 Stunning Chinese New Year Crafts for Kids

#2. Create a Tangram Puzzle

tangrampuzzlesMake your own Tangram Puzzle. Tangram Puzzles are an ancient Chinese Puzzle, and the activity is called “seven pieces of cleverness”. The idea is to rearrange the pieces of a square, to form figures/object

All you need is some paper, pencils, ruler.

Once you have cut out your 7 pieces you’ll be able to make an amazing amount of different shapes, animals, people, everyday objects, etc.

#3. Make Chinese lanterns

paper-lanterns-kaboose-craft-photoWe liked this easy-to-make project from for kids, making paper lanterns in different colours.

You will need construction paper, scissors, tape, stapler, ruler, pencil and then plenty of glue, glitter, sequins to decorate your lantern.

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#4. Research the Chinese Calendar

Chinese New Year2016 is the year of the Monkey.

The Chinese calendar follows a 12 year pattern, with every year named after an animal. Depending on the year you are born, you are thought to portray the various character traits of that year’s animals.

Why not find out what animal your birth year is and what it signifies? National Geographic for Kids has a great page explaining about the years as well as facts about the different animals.

#5. Cook some Chinese food together

fortune-cookie-1056973_640Chinese New Year is a good excuse to try some Chinese food at home.

Kids generally love rice and noodle dishes. Or why not give Homemade Fortune Cookies a go, using this recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe, and have some fun writing out the fortunes?

Do you have a favourite Chinese New Year activity to do with your child?  Share it with us in the comments below.


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