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Chinese New Year: January 31, 2014 - Year of the Horse. For many people, Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration of the year. It is a time of celebration, dancing dragons, eating special foods, cleaning and decorating the house and streets with Chinese lanterns, giving gifts, fireworks, and getting ready for the coming year. It's a very colorful and joyous event. The Chinese calendar is based on the lunar year, so the date of the Chinese New Year changes every year. With your children, ring in the New Year with the following fun Chinese New Year Activities! Samples of our Chinese New Years daycare and preschool games, crafts, games, and printables available in our KidsSoup Resource Library:

Free Chinese New Year Activities, Crafts, and Printables

Chinese lantern craft


Chinese New Year
Crafts and Activities

Chinese New Year coloring page

Chinese New Year
Coloring Pages

dragon preschool craft


Dragon
Crafts and Games

fortune cookies folder game

Fortune Cookies
Folder Game

Chinese new year story

On Chinese New Year
Story Booklet

Chinese new year printables

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Cards and Activities

Chinese new year craft


Dragon
Bulletin Board

Chinese letters writing

Laern to Write the
Chinese Characters

dragon coloring page

Dragon Art and
Craft Projects

Chinese New Year word wall

Chinese New Year
Word Wall

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Free Preschool Chinese New Year Crafts, Activities, Printables, and Books

The Chinese Calendar
Explain to children that the Chinese Lunar Calendar is based on the cycles of the moon. Each year in a cycle is named after an animal. Legend says that Buddha invited all the animals to join him for a New Year’s celebration but only 12 showed up. The animals argued about who was to head the cycle of years, so Buddha held a race—whoever first reached the opposite bank of the river would be first, and the rest of the animals would receive their years according to their finish. The race began, but unknown to the ox, the rat had jumped upon his back. As the ox was about to jump ashore, the rat jumped off the ox’s back, and won the race. The pig, who was very lazy, finished last. That is why the rat is the first year of the animal cycle and the pig is the last. The Chinese believe the animal ruling the year in which a person is born has a strong influence on that person’s personality.

Have children make their own Chinese calendar by using our patterns. Let them find their zodiac sign and see if the characteristics match their personality.

Activity
Make the sounds of the Chinese calendar animals. Ask children: "Can you guess the animal?"

Chinese flag coloring page 2008 year of the rat Chinese New Year coloring page Chinese New Year Tiger coloring page 2011 Year of the Rabbit Coloring Page

2008 Year of the
Rat Coloring

2011 Year of the
Rabbit Coloring

year of the dragon coloring page 2013 Year of the Snake coloring page Chinese New Year - Year of the Horse Coloring Page    
2012 Year of the
Dragon Coloring
2013 Year of the
Snake Coloring
2014 Year of the
Horse Coloring
   

 

Red Envelopes
The New Year marks the birthday of every family member. During the Chinese New Year celebrations, people wear red clothes. Red symbolizes fire, which the Chinese believe drives away bad luck. Children receive good luck money in small red envelopes and everybody wears their newest clothes. In Chinese the word "fu," means "good luck.

Preschool and Kindergarten Chinese New Year Crafts, Activities, Games on KidsSoup

Preschool and Kindergarten Chinese New Year crafts and activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feast of the Lantern
On the third day of the New Year, the Feast of the Lantern is celebrated. Lanterns of all shapes, sizes, and colors decorate the streets and inside the homes.

 

Dragon Dance
Many cities hold parades which are led by a huge dragon or lion. The Chinese have a great belief and respect towards dragon and believe that the dragon is the symbol for good luck. In the Chinese legend, the dragon is not a monster but a protector against evil spirits. He is the symbol of luck, goodness, and strength. The lion is the symbol for protection and is thought to guard against danger. Children love to watch and join in with the dragon parade and take part in the great Dragon Dance.

Activity
Chinese Ribbon Dance: Attach a crepe paper streamer to a chopstick or pencil. Play Chinese inspired music and have children dance around. Show a movement with the ribbon and have children copy it.

Chinese New Year Books
Dragon Dance Chinese New Year Book The Dancing Dragon Chinese new year book preschool Lion Dancer Chinese new year book kindergarten
Dragon Dance: A Chinese New Year LTF: A Chinese New Year Lift-the-Flap Book (Lift-the-Flap, Puffin) The Dancing Dragon Lion Dancer: Ernie Wan's Chinese New Year (Reading Rainbow Books)
Celebrating Chinese New Year read aloud book preschool and kindergarten Chinese New Year Picture book preschool Ringing in the Chinese New Year book
Celebrating Chinese New Year Sam and the Lucky Money Bringing in the New Year (Read to a Child!)
Chinese Dim Sum book Fortune Cookie Chinese new year book Kite flying chinese new year book
Dim Sum for Everyone! Fortune Cookie Fortunes Kite Flying
Red is a dragon colors picture book for Chinese New Year preschool Preschool Chinese New Year picture book Kindergarten Chinese New Year read aloud book
Red Is a Dragon: A Book of Colors Lanterns and Firecrackers: A Chinese New Year Story (Festival Time!) Chinese New Year (Rookie Read-About Holidays)
Chinese New Year Holiday book Ruby's Wish Chinese New Year story book The runaway rice cake chinese new year story book
Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Chinese New Year: With Fireworks, Dragons, and Lanterns Ruby's Wish The Runaway Rice Cake

 

 

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Other Chinese New Year Resources and Links:

http://www.123chinesenewyear.com

http://pbskids.org/sagwa/games/countdown/index.html

http://www.history.com/minisites/chinesenewyear

 

Chinese New Year preschool and kindergarten books