8 Chinese New Year Crafts for Kids

Updated: February 12, 2020
Looking for ways to teach and celebrate the Chinese New Year with your kids? These eight Chinese New Year crafts from Pinterest are sure to be a hit.
Mom doing Chinese New Year crafts with her kid

The 2020 Chinese New Year will begin on Saturday, January 25. Celebrate the Year of the Rat with your kids using eight fun Chinese New Year crafts we rounded up on Pinterest. 

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Year of the Rat Finger Puppets 

The New Year 2020 will be the Year of the Rat, according to the Chinese Zodiac. Kids will love to create and play with these rat finger puppets. 

Chinese Dragon Clothespin Puppets 

Dragons are a Chinese symbol of power, strength, and good luck. This craft is so straightforward. Wooden clothespins, scissors, and glue are the only materials required other than the printouts. You can print in color, or opt for black and white so the kids can color the dragons in themselves. 

You can also try this dragon puppet craft using paper plates.

Chinese New Year Drum Craft 

Drums are very important in Chinese culture. Red drums symbolize power of the ruler and army. They are used in all Chinese celebrations, including the New Year. Children of all ages can participate in this craft, which involves painting paper plates and attaching them together to create a percussion instrument. 

Chinese New Year Dragon Puppet  

Another great dragon puppet, this project is made with paper plates, egg cartons, and paint. Dragons are considered lucky for the Chinese people, and red dragons are extra lucky, so be sure to supply plenty of red paint.

Chinese Good Luck Ornament 

Decorate with these fun-to-make good luck ornaments! This activity is best suited for older children, but there are also directions for a toddler version as well, making it a perfect choice for families with kids who range in age!

Chinese Lanterns 

Lanterns are meant to honor the full moon. On the fifteenth day of the New Year, Lantern Day is celebrated by the Chinese. This activity is best for older kids, but little ones can complete a lantern with adult assistance.

Also, try making these festive paper lanterns that will help you celebrate the Chinese New Year with style.

DIY Lucky Red Envelopes 

Red envelopes with money inside are the traditional New Years’ gifts for children. Have fun creating your own red envelopes, which are meant to bring a peaceful year to those who receive them.

Paper Plate Hand Fans 

Chinese fans are known for their exquisite artistry. This craft turns basic paper plates into beautifully painted fans. 

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Pinterest graphic of daughter and mom with Chinese New Year crafts