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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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
Chinese New Year Zodiac Coloring Lanterns For Kids from Tot schooling
Chinese New Year Lantern Craft for Kids from Artsy Momma
Chinese Lantern Sun Catcher from The Gingerbread House
Chinese New Year Crafts: Mini Lanterns (from TP Rolls!) from Red Ted Art
Chinese Takeout Lantern from Handmade
Crafting with My Kids: Thumbprint Lanterns from Let’s go fly a kite
Chinese Paper Lanterns Printable from Activities for Kids
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
Free Chinese New Year Banners from Fortune Cookie Mom
Chinese New Year Banners for Decoration – Simplified and Traditional Chinese from Chalk Academy
Chinese New Year Banner Printables/春聯DIY from Spot of Sunshine
Red Envelopes Crafts
Chinese New Year Red Packets Printable from Fortune Cookies Mom
New Year’s Eve Traditions – Red Envelopes (China) from Red Ted Art
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 Paper Fortune Cookies from Woo! Jr
Paper Blossoms for Chinese New Year from Pink Stripey Socks
Chinese Fortune Cookies with Notes of Encouragement for Kids from Laughing Kids Learn
[Lulu媽] 自家製親子揮春 溫馨祝賀慶新春 from Ohpama (in Traditional Chinese only)
Chinese Knot Tying Tutorial-Make Red Traditional Decorative Flower Knot for Hanging from PandaHall.com Learning Center
Chinese Diorama Printable Craft for Chinese New Year from Woo! Jr
Chinese New Year Preschool Craft: Firecracker Decorations from The Do-It-Yourself Mom
Kids Craft: Gold Fish & Lantern for Chinese New Year (CNY) from Goody Foodies
Origami Goldfish from Crafty-Crafted
Chinese New Year Books
Chinese New Year Mini-Book from Fortune Cookie Mom
Chinese New Year for Kids: Books and Yoga Poses for Kids from Kids Yoga Stories
Chinese New Year Book List for Kids from Only Passionate Curiosity
14 Books about Chinese New Year for Kids from Gift of Curiosity
Top Chinese New Year Books and Culture Books for Children from Miss Panda Chinese
Chinese New Year Hands-On Activities
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
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
A Chinese Gong for Chinese New Year from Kid World Citizen
Free Chinese New Year Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time from Living Montessori Now
Chinese New Year Noise Makers from Activities for Kids
Chinese Tambourine from Activities for Kids
How to Make Chinese Rattle Drums to Celebrate the New Year from Artsy Momma
Chinese New Year Drum Craft for Kids from Gift of Curiosity
Cultural & Traditional Activities
Learn Chinese While Making Homemade Fortune Cookies with Kids from Fortune Cookie Mom
How to Make Sweet Rice Dumplings for Chinese Lantern Festival from Fortune Cookie Mom
Chinese Lantern Festival Riddles from Miss Panada Chinese
Crafts for the 12 Zodiac Animals
Chinese New Year for Kids – Paper Snake from Red Ted Art
Origami Mice – Paper Mouse Craft for Year of the Rat from Red Ted Art
Rabbit Craft from Nurture Store
Junk Model Snake from Nurture Store
Tiger Finger Puppet for Chinese New Year from Nurture Store
Shape Animals: Free Printable Dog Craft Shape Activity from Nurture Store
Free Printable Pig Play Dough Mat from Nurture Store
12 Zodiac Animal Coloring Pages from Kiddy Charts
Chinese Zodiac Crafts for Kids from Activities for Kids(Tweet only)
Chinese New Year Paper Cutting For Kids – Year of the Horse from Craftiments
Chinese New Year’s Printable
Chinese New Year Interactive Notebook from Only Passionate Curiosity
Chinese New Year Activity: Learn the Chinese Zodiac! from Squirrels of a Feather
Chinese New Year Printables Pack from Gift of Curiosity
Chinese New Year Do-a-Dot Printables from Gift of Curiosity
Chinese New Year Bingo Game from Gift of Curiosity
Chinese New Year Red Envelope Math Activity and Free Printable for Kids from A Little Pinch of Perfect
Classic Coloring Pages Chinese New Year from Miss Panda Chinese
Chinese Zodiac Free Printable Activities from Wise Owl Factory
Chinese New Year I Spy Game from Simple Fun for Kids
Free Chinese New Year Printable Packs from Royal Baloo
Fun China Facts for Kids from Itsy Bitsy Fun
More Resources for Teaching about Chinese New Year
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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