Every year, Chinese New Year begins on a different day. This is because the timing of Chinese New Year is determined based on the Chinese lunar calendar, not the Gregorian calendar used by most countries around the world.
In 2018, Chinese New Year will begin on February 16, which is the first new moon of the first day of the first Chinese lunar month. On that day, the Chinese people will be celebrating the Year of the Dog.
If you’d like to celebrate Chinese New Year by getting crafty with kids, I’ve got 12 kid-friendly Chinese New Year crafts that will help you usher in the lunar new year with style!
Note: For more kid-friendly Chinese New Year activities, see my Chinese New Year Activities for Kids page.
Lanterns, fire crackers, and the animals of the Zodiac are all popular symbols at Chinese New Year. The 12 Chinese New Year crafts below feature these symbols, and will allow you to share a bit of Chinese culture with your children.
Cardboard roll Chinese lanterns from In the Playroom
Cheese Chinese lanterns from Danya Banya
Chinese lantern jar craft from Artsy Momma
Chinese New Year lantern from Gift of Curiosity
Cork stamped Chinese lantern paintings from Rubber Boots and Elf Shoes
Build the animals of the Chinese Zodiac using LEGO from Planet Smarty Pants
Chinese lantern sun catcher from The Gingerbread House
Chinese Zodiac thumbprint craft from Fun Handprint Art
Chinese Zodiac coloring lanterns from Totschooling
Paper fortune cookies from Red Ted Art
Chinese New Year drum craft from Gift of Curiosity
Chinese New Year firecracker craft from Pre-K Pages
More Chinese New Year resources
More Chinese New Year posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Chinese New Year Printables Pack
- Books about Chinese New Year
- Chinese New Year Do-a-Dot Printables
- Chinese New Year Bingo
- Chinese New Year coloring pages