Chinese New Year Activities

The Chinese New Year seasonal pages will provide you with great resources for a number of topics related to this most important Chinese holiday. Ideas within this section include resources such as calendars, puppets, food, and more.

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Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year or 'Spring Festival' traditionally begins on the first day of the year on the Chinese calendar and ends on the 15th. The Chinese New Year is the second New Moon after the Winter Solstice. Each year is designated by one of twelve animals: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Hare/Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.

Please Note: This holiday is celebrated by several asian countries, including China, as the Lunar New Year, and therefore calling it the Chinese New Year (as is common in many western countries) is somewhat exclusive and may be offensive to some

Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year) dates:
January 31, 2014: Year of the Horse
February 19, 2015: Year of the Sheep
February 8, 2016: Year of the Monkey

Check our February Events Calendar for more important dates
  • Chinese "Good Wishes" Posters Grades Various
    This is a great activity to help lead into a Chinese New Year unit.
    Materials:
    * Red construction paper (any size, larger sizes are best)
    * Black paint (liquid)
    * Water
    * Paint Brushes
    * Simple Chinese characters with positive meanings (can be easily searched on the internet) [optional]
    * Glitter - preferably gold [optional]
    1. Water down the paint a little, so the texture is more like ink.
    2. Have the students choose their favorite Chinese character. Or, if you prefer, students can write a positive message in English ("Happy New Year" and "Good Fortune" are good ones.) Either way, the style will look similar to Asian calligraphy. Have students paint their character or message onto the paper.
    3. Once the paint is dry, have students 'trace' over their message with a thin line of school glue. The students, or you, can then sprinkle glitter over the glue. (This step can be left out if you prefer not to use glitter.)
    Alternately: Instead of writing a message or a Chinese character, students could paint scenery in a Chinese style. This is a great activity to help lead into a Chinese New Year unit.
    Submitted by: Patricia Pruim - Iskut, BC, Canada
  • New Year's Party Grades K (Can be modified)
    Organize a Chinese New Year's Party for your classroom. Includes books to read, foods to fix, and more.
  • Chinese New Year Word Search
    Create your own or use our word list.
  • Chinese New Year Word Scramble
    Create your own or use our Chinese New Year word list.
  • Chinese New Year Journal Pages
    Print ready-made Chinese New Year lined journal pages to use in your classroom.
  • Chinese New Year Crossword Puzzle
    Create your own Crossword or use our premade Chinese New Year word/clue list.

The Teacher's Corner Resources Be sure to check out our extensive January & February lesson plans, bulletin boards and teacher resources.

Animals of the Chinese Zodiac Grades K-2
In this lesson plan, students will learn about the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac.

Celebrate Chinese New Year & More Grades Various
The New Year is a great time to motivate students to set new goals, expand their interests and develop an appreciation for others. As such, the Chinese New Year provides an excellent opportunity to create lessons that tie together standards in geography, art, reading, writing and social studies.

Celebrate the Chinese New Year Grades K-3
People Holding Hands® encourage children to celebrate the Chinese New Year with relevant props and reading materials that teach children about the celebration of the Chinese New Year.
Encourages appreciation of Chinese culture through celebration.

China
Printable worksheets, maps, crafts, and more.

Chinese Astrology
Find your sign!!

Chinese Calendar
Find helpful information about this special holiday.

Chinese Inventions and the Chinese New Year Grade 2
Second graders discover several of many Chinese inventions. They learn about contributions the Chinese have made in fields of technology, science, textiles, games and toys, and the arts. Then students prepare for and celebrate the Chinese New Year, China's biggest celebration. This is a three week unit.

Chinese New Year Grades 2-3
A lesson plan with great background information. You will need 3-5 class periods and it would be best if you could celebrate this during the actual Chinese New Year celebration time.

Chinese New Year
Traditions, decorations, food, and more.

Chinese New Year @ Kaboose
Find great resources, crafts, predictions, and much more!

Chinese New Year Craft and History Grades PreK-6
The FREE Asian/Chinese New Year activity craft and holiday history lesson teach children
about our celebrations and traditions. Download these two printable pages with illustrations and
instructions for the Chinese Lantern craft activity plus background information for a holiday lesson plan.

Chinese New Year Graphics
Spring Festival

Chinese New Year Music Idea Grades 2-4
Students are to learn the song Go A Tin , which means "lantern bright." Lanterns bring good luck for the New Year in the Chinese tradition.

Chinese/Lunar New Year
Here's the on-line access to the Chinese/Lunar New Year's Day so that you can now plan for many celebrations or a study unit around the New Year theme or Zodiac theme.

The Chinese New Year Starts Today Grades Various
Lesson Plans, Web Links, and Text to use for the start of the Chinese New Year.

CyberHunt
Brought to you by Scholastic. (A resource from 2005.)

Enchanted Learning Resources
Great resources, all updated for 2006!

Everyday Edit
A DOL activity from Education World that is about Chinese New Year.

Favorite Chinese New Year Sites
Resources that cover all aspects of the Chinese New Year.

Happy Chinese New Year!
A scavenger hunt for students to complete. (It has not been updated for 2006, so you may have to do some modifications.)

Lions, Dragons, and Nian: Animals of the Chinese New Year Grades K-2
In this lesson, the students will learn about the major differences between eastern and western dragons and discover why the eastern dragons are associated with the Chinese New Year. They will hear a story about how the dragons came to rule over the major rivers of China. In the second lesson they will learn about the New Years parade and discover that firecrackers are set off to drive off evil spirits, particularly one called Nian.

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