These Chinese New Year kids crafts are so easy to make that we didn’t even have enough time to take pictures of the process. All you need to do is save empty egg cartons, toilet paper rolls or even paper towel rolls. Then, grab some scissors, paint or crayons. Googly eyes are optional, but they sure are cute. This kids craft is an easy way to keep the kids busy for a bit.

Egg Carton Snake


  • Empty egg carton
  • Scissors
  • Red paper
  • Googly eyes (optional as drawn ones will do)
  • Markers, crayons or paint


  1. Cut the egg carton in half down so that there’s a row of 6 eggs on each strip (basically, the long way).
  2. Trim off any excess carton to tidy up the strip, if you like.
  3. Let the kids paint, draw on or color the egg carton strips.
  4. Let the egg carton dry.
  5. Cut a tongue out of red construction paper. Tape or glue the tongue to the bottom of the egg carton (as shown above)
  6. Glue on googly eyes.

That’s it. You can probably eyeball what to do based on the photo above!

Toilet Paper Roll Snake

You may want to have a spare empty toilet paper roll on hand as they can be a little tricky to cut in a spiral. Despite how it looks, you can’t just unravel the cardboard roll by the seams. I bet a paper towel roll would make a great snake, too.


  • Empty toilet paper rolls
  • Scissors
  • Markers, crayons or paint
  • Googly eyes (optional, as drawn ones will do)


  1. Have the kids decorate the toilet paper roll as they wish. Let it dry.
  2. Cut the toilet paper roll into a spiral. Start one one end and cut in a thin, diagonal manner all the way around the roll, while keeping the roll in one piece.
  3. Shape a tongue at one end, using the scissors.
  4. Glue on googly eyes.


Katie Dillon is the managing editor of La Jolla Mom. She helps readers plan San Diego vacations through her hotel expertise (that stems from living in a Four Seasons hotel) and local connections. Readers have access to exclusive discounts on theme park tickets (like Disneyland and San Diego Zoo) and perks at luxury hotels worldwide through her. She also shares insider tips for visiting major cities worldwide, like Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Shanghai, that her family has either lived in or visits regularly (or both).

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