Enjoy some red and gold-themed sensory play inspired by Chinese New Year.
Chinese New Year sensory play with spice play dough
:: whole Chinese spices such as star anise, cinnamon sticks, cloves
:: Chinese bowls, tea cups and spoons
:: Chopsticks or small bamboo canes for mark making
Then invite the children to play. We’re taking inspiration from aspects of Chinese life in this sensory play activity. The play lets them explore the traditional colours, and feel and smell of some authentic Chinese spices. They might chose to role play cooking with the play dough, build a sculpture, or enjoy squishing and squashing the dough. Any thing goes, so encourage everyone to play, however they choose.
More Chinese New Year activities
Raise a global child! Exploring festivals from different countries and cultures is a wonderful way to learn about the world. You can see our archive of Chinese New Year activities here.