Chinese New Year Activity Ideas for Kids

Chinese New Year is upon us and 2021 is the year of the Ox! During a legendary race the Ox was kind and gave the Rat a lift on its back. Only then to be cheated of his win by the Rat jumping off his back near the finishing line, ahead of the Ox, and winning the race! Creative activities is a great way for children to learn about different cultures. Celebrate Chinese New Year with your children with these creative Chinese New Year activity ideas!

Paper Lanterns

  1. Using A4 paper, cut off a strip along the length of the paper. Set aside to use as the handle.
  2. Fold your paper in half lengthwise and use a ruler to draw evenly spaced lines on the sheet leaving an inch at the end.
  3. Cut the marked lines along the sheet.
  4. Unfold the paper.
  5. Decorate the sheet using coloured pens, paint or glitter.
  6. Match the long edges together on the lantern and use tape to hold it in place.
  7. Staple the handle to the top of the lantern.

Chinese Paper Lanterns

Paper Fans

Keep it simple by making paper fans. Decorate with gold, red or black to give them a fabulous Chinese New Year look!

Paper Fans

Ox Tubes

Paint toilet tubes in Ox colours. Add features with cut out pieces of paper and googly eyes. Display your creation in your home.

Ox Tubes

Ox Desk Tidy

Extend the Ox tubes activity, by gluing together toilet rolls to the head, also painted in Ox colours creating the body. Pop your pens, pencils and rulers in the hole and keep at your work stations.

No excuse for not keeping your desk tidy and never lose a pen! Win, win!

Ox Tube Desk Tidy

Ox Paper Weaving

Draw an Ox, ensuring the main body covers the majority of the page. Cut vertical slits in the body of the Ox, making them as even as possible. Cut same sized strips with another piece of paper, using a different colour to your Ox. Start weaving the strips. Go over, under, over, under, etc. Now go under, over, under, over, etc. Secure the ends with tape on the reverse side.

Cow Weaving

Blossom Wreath

Cherry blossoms and tangerines are traditional symbols during Chinese New Year. Blossoms are for new beginnings, and tangerines are for luck and prosperity.

To make a Blossom wreath, cut out a circle from the middle of a paper plate.  Decorate with cut out paper blossoms; try adding some paper tangerines for a modern twist!

Blossom Wreath

Chinese Tea Party

Die rice with food colouring using several different colours.

Place the rice in a large tray adding a Chinese tea set, chop sticks and steam wicker basket.  This colourful sensory activity will provide hours of fun for your child!

To dye the rice, place into a container with a lid. Add white vinegar and food colouring to the rice (the more food colouring you add the darker the colour). Cover the container and shake the rice for a minute or two. Spread the coloured rice on a paper towel or a tray in even layer to dry.

Chinese Tea Party

Please show us your Chinese New Year Activity creations in the comments section below, we may even feature them on our social media pages!

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