10 Chinese New Year crafts and activities for kids

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with your children with these 10 Chinese New Year crafts and activities.

chinese new year crafts and activities

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Chinese new year dragon craft

Chinese dragon craft
Celebrating festivals from other countries and cultures is a wonderful, fun way to introduce your children to the wide world. Chinese new year is being celebrated on Monday 23rd January 2012 and this year it’s the Year of the Dragon.  Here are our ideas to welcome the Chinese new year with your kids.

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Rabbit craft

rabbit craft

Are you celebrating the Chinese new year next week? I like to observe celebrations from around the world with the children as I think it open their eyes to diverse cultures, showing them how people around the world are different but how the basis of many traditions are very similar too. We like to make Chinese style lanterns (which are perfect for practising scissors skills) and eating a Chinese meal. This year, which begins on 3rd February 2011, will be the year of the rabbit so here’s an idea for a craft you could try:

Potato Printing a Rabbit

We used potatoes and carrots to print with to make our rabbit. (Seems appropriate to use carrots, don’t you think?) Carrot printing is great for younger children as the carrots are just right for holding in little hands. Potatoes are a little more cumbersome to hold but you can make easier for the children to grasp if you cut out a handle into the top – as shown in the picture.

potato printing

This rabbit design provides the opportunity to mix in some maths, as we thought about what shapes we could use to make our pictures. We decided to make a picture using just two shapes: circles and triangles.

 

carrot printing

I used a knife to cut out a triangle from the carrots, the potatoes were simply sliced in half.

 

printing with potatoes

We also talked about size as we used a big shape to make the body, ears and carrots and a small shape for the head, nose and carrot leaves.

how to make a rabbit

We enjoyed having a specific project – working out how to form our rabbits and follow our instructions to create the pictures – but it was great to add in time at for some free style printing too, to see what other designs we could come up with using the circles and triangles.

You can read more ideas here for celebrating Chinese new year with children and if you’re inspired to try some carrot printing you might like our heart stamps, which can be used for Valentine’s too.

How are you celebrating Chinese new year with your children?

happily shared with ABCand123 and Kids Get Crafty and PreSchool Corner and Craft Schooling Sunday and the Resource Centre and Tot Tuesday

Egg Box Dragon

With Earth Day and St. George’s Day both falling in this week, why not combine the two to make a Recycled Egg Box Dragon? Big says he’s ‘fantastically ferocious’!

You will need: 3 egg boxes, green paint & a paint brush, red paper, 2 treasury tags, glue / sticky tape, red and black felt pens, scissors

Start by cutting out 2 of the ‘cups’ from one of the egg boxes and painting them green. These will be your eyes.

The other two egg boxes will be your head and body. Ours were already green, but if yours aren’t you can paint them. We added some extra painted ‘scales’. Leave the paint to dry.

Fasten the head and body together with treasury tags. This means you can move your dragon to play with him and he’ll have a bit of movement in his body.

Cut out some flames, spines and a tail from the red paper and fasten on with glue or sticky tape.

Add some scary eyes and some nostrils.

Rooaarrrrrr! Your dragon is ready to play.

And how about some dragon books to go with your new pet?

Chinese dragon craft

Chinese lantern scissor skills

These paper lanterns are a great way for young children to practise their scissor skills and perfect for decorating the house in time for the Chinese New Year celebrations on February 14th. Red is the traditional celebration colour in China but as the lanterns look so good you might like to make some in your child’s favourite colour and string them up to decorate their bedroom too.

chinese paper lanterns

To make one you will need: 2 sheets of paper, scissors, sticky tape or glue (and pens/pencils if you want to add any embellishments)

Following the above pictures clockwise from top left:

Step 1: Fold one sheet of paper in half lengthways

Step 2: Cut lines along the FOLDED length of the paper, but not all the way to the unfolded edge or you’ll just end up with ribbons. I drew lines on the paper for my daughter to follow. She’s just getting the hang of scissors so this was a great craft to let her make something with the scissors which she could pretty much manage all by herself.

Step 3: Open out the paper

Step 4: Add any drawing you like to decorate you lantern.

Step 5: Roll up the lantern and stick the ends together with sticky tape (you could use glue, but you know my daughter won’t wait for it to dry!).

Step 6: Cut a thin strip of paper from the other sheet and stick it on to make the handle. Then string them up to decorate your room