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Chinese New Year 2012 Crafts and Activities

Chinese New Year 2012 Crafts and Activities

Chinese-Calendar-2012

Chinese Calendar 2012

Chinese New Year 2012 is a very important holiday in China. It is celebrated in late January to early February (depending on the year). Chinese New Year starts on a New Moon and ends with the lantern festival on the full moon 15 days later.

In 2012, Chinese New Year is celebrated on January 23. In the Chinese calendar, it is the year 4709, and the Year of the Dragon.

These crafts projects are for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school children. The crafts use materials found around the house, like cardboard, paper, boxes, string, crayons, paint, glue, etc. See a page about color mixing to see how to combine paint to make all the colors of the rainbow.

Click on any of the crafts to go to the instructions. Have fun!
 

CHINESE LANTERN

A simple lantern to make from paper.

TANGRAM PUZZLE

A traditional Chinese puzzle to make out of paper.

FIREWORKS CRAFTfireworks

Create your own fireworks by using dark construction paper, glue and different colors of glitter. Great for Chinese New Year.

DANCING DRAGON/LION TOY

Make a dancing paper lion or dragon toy for Chinese New Year.

PAPER BAG PUPPETS


An easy way to make a panda and other cute puppets.

Short Books to Print:



Chinese New Year
A Printable Activity Book for Early Readers

A short, printable activity book on the Chinese New Year for beginning readers, with pages on Chinese New Year, the Chinese Zodiac, lucky money envelopes, the dragon, and a map of China.


Chinese New Year Words Mini Book
A Printable Writing Book

A tiny, printable book about simple words related to Chinese New Year — for early readers and writers. The book has 2 pages to print and makes 8 pages for the student to cut out, color, and write in. The words are: dragon, China, moon, envelope, lantern, fireworks, and “Can you think of another Chinese New Year word?”


Chinese New Year
A Printable Activity Book for Fluent Readers

A short, printable activity book on the Chinese New Year for fluent readers, with pages on New Year traditions, the Chinese Zodiac, the phases of the moon, and a map of China.


Chinese Counting Book
A Printable Activity Book for Early Readers

A short, printable activity book on the Chinese numbers from 1 to 12.


Chinese Animals
Printable Book for Early Readers

A short, printable book about Chinese animal early readers. The book has pages on the Giant panda, red panda, leopard, tiger, yak, stork, sun bear, and golden monkey.


Panda

A short, printable book about the giant panda. The book has pages for the student to cut out, read, and color. The pages are: Intro, Anatomy, Habitat, Diet, Teeth, Fur and Paws, Eyes, Reproduction, and Classification.


Sheng Chú/Livestock

A short, printable book about farm animals in Chinese – for early readers. The book has pages for the student to cut out, read, and color, with animal names to write. The pages are: cow, pig, horse, sheep, chicken, goat, dog, rabbit, and duck.

 

 Chinese New Year 2012 Activities:

Word Wheel

Chinese Zodiac Word Wheel

Make a Chinese zodiac word wheel using this 2-page print-out; it consists of a base page together with a wheel that spins around. When you spin the wheel, the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac are displayed (the picture, name of the animal, and the years that it represents), one at a time: rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat/ram, monkey, rooster, dog, pig, rat, ox, and tiger. The student then writes down the names of the 12 animals, beginning with the animal that represents the current year.
Chinese Zodiac

The Chinese Zodiac

A printout on the 12 animal signs of the Chinese zodiac and what years they represent. The student answers two questions about the Chinese zodiac.
Match wordsMatch Chinese Zodiac Words and Pictures


Match 10 Chinese Zodiac animal words to their pictures. The words are: monkey, rooster, dog, pig, rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat (ram). Or go to the answers.

grammar worksheetChinese New Year Grammar Potpourri Worksheet


Find synonyms, antonyms, anagrams, and homonyms, then capitalize, punctuate, and correct the spelling of sentences. Or go to the answers.

China map

Zoom School China

Use a pictorial interface to get Information on China, including maps, flags, printouts, and a quiz.


All About China

Information on China, including maps, flags, crafts, printouts, etc.
China flag

Chinese Flag/Printout

You can learn about China’s flag, print it out, color it, and take a short quiz.
Flag of China -thumbnail
China’s Flag
Simple Printable

A blackline master (printout) of the flag of China.
China map

China Map/Quiz Printout

You can print out a map of China, color it, and take a short quiz.
Follow the InstructionsChina: Follow the Instructions


Color China according to simple directions, such as, “Trace the Great Wall in red.” Or go to the answers.

China map

Chinese Map Printout

A printable map of China.
CHINA FIND IT!

A quiz on China to use with the Little Explorers Picture Dictionary. To answer the quiz questions, use the online illustrated dictionary.

THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA

Read about this incredible structure.



Chinese Artists

Color Chinese paintings online or print copies and then color them.
Inventors and Inventions from China and Taiwan
Learn about some Chinese inventions from the compass to pulp-formed paper.
PHASES OF THE MOON

Learn about the phases of the moon. The Chinese calendar is based in part on these lunar phases.

Spelling wordsChinese Zodiac Animals Spelling Word Questions


Use the list of Chinese Zodiac animal spelling words to answer simple questions. Words: monkey, rooster, dog, pig, rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat. Or go to the answers.

Draw FourDraw Four Chinese New Year Items


Draw four Chinese New Year items. Below each item, write its name.

Spelling wordsChinese New Year Spelling Word Questions


Use the list of Chinese New Year spelling words to answer simple questions. Words: China, Chinese, new, year, zodiac, dragon, red, envelope, phase. Or go to the answers.

Missing LettersMissing Letters in Chinese Zodiac Animals


Find the missing letters in Chinese Zodiac animal words, and then color the picture of the word. The words are ox, dog, pig, rat, goat, rooster, dragon, tiger, rabbit, horse, monkey, snake.

Unscramble WordsUnscramble Chinese Zodiac Animal Words


Unscramble the Chinese zodiac animal words, and then color the pictures of the words. The words are ox, dog, pig, rat, goat, rooster, dragon, tiger, rabbit, horse, monkey, snake.

Chavez wordsearchChinese New Year Wordsearch Puzzle


Find the words in the wordsearch puzzle, then use the extra letters to find the secret message. Secret Message: “Happy Chinese New Year to you.” Or go to the answers.

Venn diagramChinese Zodiac Animals Venn Diagram Printout


On this printout, the student classifies Chinese zodiac animals by placing them in Venn diagrams. Or go to the answers.

Groundhog Day codeChinese New Year Alphabet Code


Use the alphabet code to find the Chinese New Year message. Answer: “Chinese New Year starts on a new moon and lasts to the full moon.”

dragonChinese New Year:
Word Hunt Worksheet


How many words can you make using the letters from “Chinese New Year”? Sample answers: chin, wince, yen, … Go to worksheet with 30 blanks or a worksheet with 50 blanks.

Match syllablesMatch the Syllables: Chinese New Year Words


Match two syllables to make 10 Chinese New Year words. The words are lantern, dragon, Chinese, lucky, fortune, tiger, happy, panda, golden, phases. Or go to the answers.

Alphabetical OrderPut 10 Chinese New Year Words in Alphabetical Order – Worksheet


Put 10 Chinese New Year words in alphabetical order. The words are: Chinese, dragon, envelope, lantern, moon, new, phases, red, year, zodiac. Go to the answers.

Chinese Animals:

Panda Printout


Pandas are black and white bears from China.

Panda (Labeled)


Pandas are black and white bears from China.

Panda (Unlabeled)


Pandas are black and white bears from China.



Panda Book

A short, printable book about the giant panda. The book has pages for the student to cut out, read, and color. The pages are: Intro, Anatomy, Habitat, Diet, Teeth, Fur and Paws, Eyes, Reproduction, and Classification.
SilkwormSilkworm


The silkworm moth is an insect (not a worm) that produces a silken cocoon. This cocoon is harvested to make silk thread.

Rat


2008 is the year of the rat.

Boar/Pig


2007 was the year of the boar/pig.

Dogs


Dogs are meat-eating mammals. 2006 was the year of the dog.

Tiger


Siberian tigers (also called Amur tigers) are are the largest tigers.

Horse


Horses are hooved mammals.

Rabbit (no labels)


A fast-moving mammal with long ears. Unlabeled picture to color plus information

Rabbit (labeled)


A fast-moving mammal with long ears. Labeled picture to color plus information.

Goat


Goats are sure-footed, hoofed mammals.

Snake


Snakes are reptiles that have a long, narrow body and no legs.

Rooster


A rooster is an adult, male chicken.

roosterRooster Printout


A printout on the rooster (just the image).

Monkey Printouts


Printouts of different monkeys.

Monkeys


Monkeys are intelligent, agile mammals.

Ox


Musk oxen are large, hairy mammals that live in the far north.

Chinese Numbers:

Chinese Numbers


Learn the Chinese numbers from 1 to 10.

Write Chinese Numbers: Printout


Write the Chinese numbers from 1 to 10.

Match Chinese and Western Numbers: Printout


See if you can match the Chinese numbers to Western numbers.



Chinese Counting Book
A Printable Activity Book for Early Readers

A short, printable activity book on the Chinese numbers from 1 to 12.

 

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