Chinese New Year Crafts for Kids

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Chinese New Year is on Jan 23. Celebrate the year of the dragon with your kids. Eat noodles that are uncut to symbolize long life, nin gao for good luck (try your local Chinese restaurant to see if they have any), sesame balls or jin doi, fresh fish to symbolize abundance, and dumplings or potstickers to symbolize prosperity and wealth.

The boys were happy to get their red envelopes for Chinese New Year.

We also celebrated Chinese New Year here in Kauai – and it’s my year: Year of the Dragon. We did a few crafts with the kids like make paper dragons. We couldn’t find Chinese red envelopes for the kids, so my husband made a couple out of construction paper.

And you can try these crafts with your kids…

Chinese red envelopes from (after making these put money in for the kids as a New Year gift – just avoid numbers that start with 4 like $4 or $40, it’s bad luck)

Dragon puppet from Family Fun Magazine

Dragon mask from

Paper dragon by

Felt fortune cookies by

Paper lanterns by

Good luck goldfish by Family Fun Magazine

Paper bag puppet based on your Chinese zodiac sign by (here’s mine – the dragon)

Match Chinese zodiac animal pictures and words by (check out their website for more Chinese New Year learning activities such as word hunts, printable books, and puzzles)

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  1. We have some wonderful crafts available for download to celebrate the holiday. In particular, we are sponsoring a Kitchen God coloring contest. Visit

  2. How fun! Love the felt fortune cookies.

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