chinese new year


9 Chinese New Year Ideas & Activities

This article has been written with the help of early years consultant, Anne Rodgers, from ATR Consultancy. Chinese New Year is one of my favourite festivals and celebrations. This year, 2022, will be the Year of the Tiger. There are lots of Chinese New Year activities you can do, and there are different ways to incorporate this festival within the areas of learning. For example, telling the story of the 12 animals who competed in a race to represent the years of the Chinese zodiac – these are the rat,... Read More

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Chinese New Year Traditions & Activity Ideas

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is the most important celebration in the Chinese Calendar. It marks the start of the New Year and each year this is represented by a different animal from the Chinese zodiac. The coming year, 2021, will be the year of the Ox, symbolising persistence and honesty. Chinese New Year Traditions To celebrate the New Year, there are many traditions: Before the festivities, families clean their homes thoroughly to make them ready for the celebrations. It is considered unlucky to clean on... Read More


Learning About Chinese New Year 2020 [VIDEO]

It’s that time of year again when Chinese New Year celebrations take centre stage! A holiday filled with colour, culture and celebration, Chinese New Year is celebrated annually but follows the Chinese Lunar Calendar, so the date always changes but falls sometime between January and February. This year it takes place on the 25th January 2020. Watch the video below to learn all about the celebration and find answers to questions such as, “What ‘year’ is it and what does that mean?” “How is Chinese New Year celebrated in China?”... Read More

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Fun Facts about Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year takes place on the 5th February 2019, and this time it’s the Year of the Pig! There are twelve zodiac animals in total, and the Pig is the last of them. Zodiac signs are an important part of Chinese culture, and can help individuals decide on important life decisions throughout the year. The system has existed in Chinese culture for more than 2000 years since the Qin dynasty, and over time has been incorporated into every day life. Here are a few facts about the occasion that... Read More


Make Your Own Chinese Fans

Celebrate the Chinese New Year this February by making these decorative fans. You will need the following: Red A4 paper Glue Scissors Hair elastic Thread Craft Sticks To make the Chinese paper fans: Fold an A4 piece of red paper backwards and forwards, starting with the short edge, to make a concertina shape. Each fold should be 2cm wide Trim off any extra paper when you have finished folding. Repeat with the other sheet of paper Glue the two pieces of paper together and fold them in half Tie in... Read More


Chopsticks Relay Game – Chinese New Year Crafts

This simple and fun activity is perfect for developing fine motor skills. For the game you will need: 4 bowls Cotton wool balls (alternative: pom poms) 2 pairs of chopsticks How to play: Split the children up into two equal teams Line each team up at the start point and give the starting players a pair of chopsticks each Place a bowl of cotton wool balls in front of each line Place two empty bowls (one for each team) at a suitable distance away from the start point When the... Read More

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Make Your Own Paper Fortune Cookies – Chinese New Year Crafts

Celebrate Chinese New Year with these fun, traditional fortune cookies, filled with positive messages or jokes. To make these cookies you will need the following: Coloured or patterned paper White paper Black pens Scissors Glue CD Pencil Take a sheet of coloured of patterned paper and place a CD (or another circular object) on top Draw around the CD with a pencil and then neatly cut out the circle. Repeat this for each fortune cookie you wish to make Next, take a sheet of white paper and cut it into... Read More


Easy to Follow Dog Origami

Celebrate the Year of the Dog this February with these handmade paper dogs! To make these you will need the following: Origami paper (alternatives: coloured/patterned square paper) Black felt tip pen Wiggly eyes Glue To make an Origami Paper Dog 1.Fold the origami paper/square paper in half (corner to corner). Crease along the fold to make a triangle. 2. Now fold one of the corners downwards to make a floppy ear. 3. Repeat with the opposite corner so that you have two floppy ears. 4. To make the muzzle, fold... Read More


Chinese Hanging Lantern

Decorate the classroom or play area for Chinese New Year with these easy to make, colourful hanging lanterns. To make these you will need the following: Paper PlatesColoured Card (Red, Green and Orange)Plastic JewelsPatterned Green PaperChinese Character Stickers (or can be drawn on)Black CardThin RibbonPencilHole PunchScissorsGlueRuler To make a hanging lantern Place a paper plate on a sheet of green card. Draw around it with a pencil. Neatly cut out the circle with scissors. Cut out a rectangle, measuring 12cm x 20cm, of green patterned paper. Glue it to the centre... Read More


Celebrating Chinese New Year with EYR.

As Christmas comes to an end, thoughts of the New Year begin to surface. A popular New Year topic for most EYFS settings is Chinese New Year, an exciting festival and celebration for young children. We have prepared for the occasion by stocking up on a wide variety of Chinese New Year teaching resources and activities. In 2016, the Chinese New Year festival begins on Monday 8th February. It marks the end of the Year of the Goat and the beginning of the Year of the Monkey. The Great Race... Read More