9 FREE Chinese New Year Printables for Kids

My daughter was born in Hong Kong and Chinese New Year is one of her favorite holidays. I scoured the internet to find her some fun and free Chinese New Year printables and am sharing are our favorites here with you.

Zodiac Calendar By Nick Jr.

A printable Chinese Zodiac calendar by Nick Jr. has a page for each zodiac animal and is a great teaching tool.

Thanks to Kai-lan, most young kids now know how to say “hello” in Mandarin. Therefore, Nick Jr. offers several Chinese New Year crafts, but this one is by far the best. The first page shows the complete Chinese Zodiac in a very clear and cute manner. Each of the twelve signs are printed on a separate page with years listed, the Chinese character, and a quick description of what people born in those years might be like. Kids can color the 12 pages and staple them together like a book or arrange them into a mural for hanging in their room. So far, this is our favorite printable. Download the zodiac calendar (pictured above is only the first page).

See also: Year of the Golden Pig, an especially auspicious year if your baby was born between February 18, 2007 and February 6, 2008.

Chinese New Year Animal Worksheets

Chinese New Year Printables Animal Worksheets

Send kids on a little fact-finding mission by printing these 12 worksheets, one for each zodiac sign. They’ll answer questions related to diet, appearance, habitat and behaviors of each animal (or dragon). My kindergartener needs help with these, but has been quietly working on them for an hour this morning. Download the Chinese New Year animal worksheets.

Learn To Write Numbers In Chinese

Chinese New Year Printables Numbers

Though not directly related to Chinese New Year, this printable shows kids how to write the numbers 1-10 in Chinese. Trust me, it takes practice!  Download Chinese numbers.

See also: How to make easy Chinese New Year paper lanterns

Chinese New Year Zodiac Masks

Chinese New Year Printables Zodiac Sign Masks

Though 2016 is Year of the Monkey, it  might be fun to print out a mask corresponding to the year each child was born in. Remember that late January and February babies require a bit of research because the date of Lunar New Year changes based on the lunar calendar. For example, a baby born on February 1, 2013 is a Year of the Dragon baby, not a Year of the Snake baby. Download zodiac masks (you will need to sign in to Education.com to download but the masks are free).

See also: Eco-Friendly Chinese New Year Kids Craft Snakes

Chinese New Year Word Search

A free word search printable for Chinese New Year

My daughter loves word searches so this printable is a hit. Download Chinese New  Year word search. Popping “Chinese New Year word search” into Google will yield other options.

Playdough Mats

Chinese New Year Playdough Mat Printables

It’s probably better if you laminate these or place them under secured Saran Wrap but I think Lunar New Year playdough mats are a cute idea. You could have kids make playdough in the shape of each zodiac sign’s Chinese character and more. Download playdough mats.

See also: Homemade playdough recipes

DIY Red Envelopes

Chinese New Year Red Envelope Printables

Red envelopes are pretty inexpensive even in the U.S., but there are options if you want to make them. Try Martha Stewart’s envelope template, or this adorable red envelope template with lanterns. Just print them on red paper (unlike what I did above)!

See also:  The significance of a Lai See or Hong Bao (red envelope).

Kai-lan’s Cleaning List

Chinese New Year Printables Cleaning Checklist

This printable had absolutely no impact on my daughter’s willingness to clean, but it’s cute nonetheless. It is very important in both Chinese and Japanese New Year celebrations to start the year with a clean house–out with the old and in with the new.

Go ahead and explain to your young children that Kai-lan and her family will be cleaning and organizing their home from top to bottom. Print Kai-lan’s cleaning list and see if they buy it. Good luck.

Blank Zodiac Animal Writing Sheets

A free Chinese New Year printable that is a blank lined sheet with a zodiac animal.

Give kids the creativity to write what they’d like on a blank, lined sheet of paper featuring the year’s zodiac animal. Download blank zodiac writing sheets.

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These FREE Chinese New Year printables are fun activities for young kids that teach them about this important holiday.

And, learn the history, legends and traditions surrounding Chinese New Year food and what’s being served at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts in Asia. If you are traveling to Hong Kong with kids, I have a wealth of information about things to do.

Do you have a favorite Chinese New Year Printable? Please share!

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10 Comments

  1. Kat
    November 13, 2015 at 7:13 pm — Reply

    Hi…love the animal worksheets, but was unable to find a link to them. Is there a site or a place where I can locate them. I’m a Second Grade teacher who would love to use them for our Chinatown unit! Thanks!

    • December 2, 2015 at 7:33 am — Reply

      Hi! I just noticed this. I will try to find them and ping you if I do. Thanks!

  2. Brandi Ubrun Marsh
    February 16, 2015 at 10:33 pm — Reply

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Sunita Sabharwal Sinor
    January 14, 2015 at 1:15 am — Reply

    Hi! I don't see the link for the animal worksheets – would love the one for the sheep/goat.

  4. February 7, 2013 at 9:36 pm — Reply

    Love the animal worksheets–great idea!

  5. January 20, 2013 at 10:26 am — Reply

    Thanks for sharing a few fun things that I can do with my grandson (he’s 4) – and for the red envelope printable, which I’ll have fun with myself :)
    Visiting via SITS Girls!

  6. Tracy
    January 15, 2013 at 1:17 pm — Reply

    Thanks sooo much! My younger daughter was born on Chinese New Year in the lucky year of the dragon, so we’re doing a Chinese New Year themed 1st birthday party. Your suggestions have been very helpful!! I’m putting together craft kits, coloring pages, etc. for the kids’ favors. Thanks so much! BTW, You’re right that you don’t have to live in Southern California to enjoy the information. We’re in Columbus, Ohio:)

    • January 16, 2013 at 7:57 am — Reply

      That is a fabulous idea for a first birthday party!!! If you have an Asian import store near you, they probably have inexpensive, authentic decorations. Or, I’m sure you can find it all online. Good luck!!!

  7. January 14, 2013 at 2:33 pm — Reply

    This is awesome! My daughter was just hearing about the Year of the Snake and was asking all these questions about what it meant. I’m going to use these materials to explain. I can’t believe how timely this is. Thanks!

    • January 14, 2013 at 2:34 pm — Reply

      Thanks, Leah! I’ll have A LOT more Chinese New Year-related stuff over the next few weeks. We spent all day yesterday making Year of the Snake crafts. 😉

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