100+ Chinese New Year Activities for Kids to Gain Chinese Cultural Experiences

by | Blog, Teaching Chinese at Home

Chinese New Year is one of the most important festivals for Chinese people. This is also an essential festival for families and friends to get together to give blessings and good fortunes to each other.

Through making different Chinese New Year crafts, listening to Chinese music, reading Chinese New Year’s books, and even trying different activities, your kids can experience and immerse themselves in the Chinese culture. That’s great for learning Chinese.

I’m going to show you more than a hundred Chinese New Year Activities including printables, book lists, music, games, art projects, dragon and lantern crafts, STEM activities, pretend play ideas and more.

Are you can ready to create a fun and memorable experience learning Chinese with your kids?

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Culture is like flowing blood to any civilization. It plays a significant role in defining every aspect of the formation of society and the individual’s life.

Before we go to our giant list of Chinese New Year Activities, I would like to explain how knowing the culture helps your kids learn the language.


Why learning the culture is so important?

  • It’s easier to make a connection with any foreigners.
  • We can understand the belief, behavior, and mindset. Of local people.
  • It defines who we are and provides an individual identity for us.
  • It enriches our life, so we can learn different things, eat different food, and attend different festivals.
  • It Increases creativity
  • It provides more opportunities for leisure, entertainment, learning, and sharing experiences with others
  • We can learn to embrace different people and cultures in our life, and show appreciation of people who are different and unique



How does knowing the Chinese culture affect my child learning the language?

  • Children build self-esteem by communicating with the locals better, because they have something in common to talk about, and they also able to understand them   So your kids will use the language more efficiently.
  • It’s just more fun and meaningful. Your kids will gain more understanding and meaning while learning the language. For example, they will understand the history behind those Chinese characters, poems, phrases, etc, and it makes learning the Chinese language more real and practical.
  • Culture gives important context to all language skills. In other words, your kids might have difficulty understanding fully what has been said unless they understand the culture. By knowing the culture they will increase their comprehension through the use of different vocabularies and slangs.
  • The best part is your kids will be able to understand the context of any Chinese movies, songs, tv shows, and books. And they will advance to a higher level of the Chinese language.


So now we want to absorb as much of the  Chinese culture with our kids. That’s perfect!

You will find just about everything you need to prepare and participate before and during the Chinese New Year festivals at your own home or in the classroom. Let’s dive in!

Chinese New Year Arts & Crafts



Lanterns Crafts

Awesome Cupcake Liner Dragon Craft from I Heart Crafty Things

Chinese Dragon Puppet from Made with Happy

Simple Chinese New Tear Crafts: Paper Plate Dragon from Kiddy Charts

Paper Plate Dragon Twirler from Red Ted Art

DIY Dragon Mask Printables from Red Ted Art

Chinese New Year: Multimedia Dragon Art & Puzzle from Kid Minds

How to Make an Egg Carton Dragon Craft from I Heart Crafty Things

Chinese New Year Craft (Handprint Dragon Puppet) from Baa Baa Beep( leave a comment in the blog)

Toilet Roll Dragon Craft from Learning and Exploring through Play

Recycled Chinese New Year Dragon Puppet from Pink Stripey Socks

Horned Chinese Dragon Art Ideas and Free Coloring Pages from Wise Owl Factory

Awesome Chinese New Year Dragon Kite Puppet from Pink Stripey Socks



Chinese New Year’s Banners Crafts

diy Chinese New Year red envelopes like a pro
Chinese New Year activities for kids

Chinese New Year Red Packets Printable from Fortune Cookies Mom

New Year’s Eve Traditions – Red Envelopes (China) from Red Ted Art

Lucky Chinese Red Envelopes 红包 – Free Printable in Simplified and Traditional Chinese! Chalk Academy

Hong Bao (Red Envelopes) for Chinese New Year from Danya Banya

DIY Lucky Red Envelopes Celebrating Chinese New Year from Thrifty Jinxy



Chinese Fans Crafts

Paper Plate Hand Fans from The Pinterested Parent

Decorating Fans for Chinese New Year from Laughing Kids Learn



Other Crafts (Flowers, Masks, Knot, Gold Fish, Fortune Cookies, etc)


Chinese New Year Hands-On Activities



Sensory Bins

Chinese New Year Sensory Bin from Gift of Curiosity

Chinese New Year Sensory Spaghetti from Learning and Exploring through Play

Chinese New Tear Rice Sensory play from Learning and Exploring through Play




Chinese New Year Slime Recipe and Science Activity from Little Bins Little Hands???

Chinese New Year Slime & How the Carp Turned into a Dragon from Sugar Spice and Glitter

Golden Glitter Slime from Fun at Home with Kids


Playdough Inspired by Chinese New Year from Laughing Kids Learn

Chinese New Year Sensory Play with Spice Play Dough from Nurture Store 



Pretend Play

Chinese New Year flower market pretend play

Chinese New Year Flower Market from Fortune Cookie Mom

Chinese Restaurant Pretend Play from Fortune Cookie Mom

China Tuff Tray from Learning and Exploring through Play

Dragon Small World: Messy Play from Nurture Store

Dramatic Play Chinese Restaurant Theme from Pre-K Pages

Chinese Restaurant Role-Play Pack from Sparkle Box



Chinese New Year Theme Learning Shelf & Activity from Happy Tot Shelf



Chinese New Year’s Music

Cultural & Traditional Activities

Learn Chinese while making homemade fortune cookies with kids

 Crafts for the 12 Zodiac Animals

 Chinese New Year Painting


Chinese New Year Dragon Art for Toddlers from Learning and Exploring through Play

Spring Blossom Tree Craft from Nurture Store

Chinese New Year Thumbprint Craft from Lesson Plans

Potato Stamped Pandas from I Heart Arts N Crafts

Fireworks Art for Kids from Kids Activities Blog

 Chinese New Year’s Printable

130 Most Popular Greetings, Blessings & Wishes for Chinese New Year from Bilingual Kidspot (from me)

The Best Chinese New Year Traditions and Activities to Do with Your Kids from Fortune Cookie Mom

Chinese New Year Yoga from Kids Yoga Stories

Chinese New Year for Kids: Books and Yoga Poses for Kids from Kids Yoga Stories

A Lesson Plan for Chinese New Year W/Props and Stories from Kid World Citizen

Chinese Dragons Explained from Kids World Citizen

Tradition, Taboos, and Celebration from Miss Panda Chinese

What NOT to Do Over Chinese New Year from Bicultural Mama

Preparing for Chinese New Year from Multicultural Kid Blogs

Free Chinese New Year Printables For Kids And Easy Chinese Recipes from Happy & Blessed Home

The China Pavilion and your Homeschool from Homeschool Disney




Which activities did you try already? How did you like it?

What other Chinese New Year activities would you like to see?

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This is the second 5-Day Challenge that we have done with Fortune Cookie Mom. Both have been very beneficial to our family. I am a homeschool mom of three little kids. We are not Chinese and do not speak any Chinese. With the help of Fortune Cookie Mom, we are slowly learning! The challenges have given me fun activities to do at home with the kids. Each one has reignited my kid's interest in learning. It has been a fun experience for everybody!


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