Welcome to NurtureStore’s index of Chinese New Year activities for children, part of our World Festivals Lesson Plans and Activities. Here you will find ideas for celebrating Chinese New Year, learning about the animals of the Chinese zodiac, and fun dragon and lantern crafts.
Chinese New Year activities for children
You can use the links below to see all NurtureStore’s Hanukkah activities and crafts. They include an introduction to Chinese New Year for children, guide to the Chinese zodiac animals, dragon crafts and how to make Chinese lanterns.
Ready-made Chinese New Year lesson plans, all in one place
This Unit includes lessons on Chinese New Year and how it is celebrated; the animals of the Chinese zodiac; Chinese dragons and how to make your own dragon puppet; how to make Chinese-style paper lanterns; math and literacy activities including playing lucky 8s, counting to ten in Chinese and play red envelope games; explore sensory painting and taking a mandarin sensory taste test.
In this Chinese New Year Unit you’ll also receive bonus printables including a Red Envelope mat for math activities and three-part colour-in Chinese Zodiac Animals matching cards.
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More Chinese New Year activities and crafts
Enjoy these Chinese New Year lesson plans and crafts with your children:
What is the Chinese New Year?
Here’s our guide on how to celebrate Chinese New Year with children.
What are the Chinese Zodiac animals? guide for children
Use this guide to the Chinese Zodiac animals with your children to learn about the Chinese New Year celebrations.
The best children’s books about Chinese New Year
Here’s our guide to the best children’s books about Chinese New Year with ideas for activities to bring them to life for your children.
How to make Chinese lanterns
Two pretty ways to make easy Chinese lanterns.
Easy dragon crafts for Chinese New Year
Let’s learn about the meaning of the Chinese dragon and make one of our easy dragon crafts for Chinese New Year.
Chinese New Year sensory play activities
Here’s a great collection of Chinese New Year sensory play activities.
Chinese New Year red envelope printable math mat
Use this Chinese New Year red envelope printable math mat for Chinese New Year counting, addition, and subtraction activities.
Learn to count to ten in Chinese
Learn to count to ten in Chinese with a sensory writing tray.