If you've never celebrated Lunar New Year (also known as Chinese New Year) here some fun crafts to give you a taste of this fun holiday. These easy crafts for Lunar New Year will broaden your world view, provide hands-on learning experiences no matter what your culture or background.
2021 is the Year of the Tiger. Since this list was originally curated in 2018 (the Year of the Dog) there's a full section of dog and puppy themed crafts. If you have family members of friends born in 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, and 2018, the year of the dog crafts might be fun for you to explore.
The Chinese zodiac is based on a 12 year cycle so there are 12 different animal signs that are said to pass on particular characteristics to those born under a particular sign. Even if you're not a believer in astrology – Chinese or otherwise – it's still interesting to read and learn about.
This site gives the best and easiest to digest breakdown of the Chinese Zodiac that I've seen. For me, the accuracy is hit or miss. I'm a Libra Fire Horse and I don't think it describes my personality very accurately but my Water Monkey daughter and my Gold Tiger sons are pretty spot on. Have you ever checked yours out?
Fun and easy crafts for Lunar New Year
If you're interested in learning about why you should celebrate Lunar New year (AKA Chinese New Year), you can check out this post I wrote. If you're interested in some fun and easy crafts to introduce your kids to Lunar New Year, I've got you covered.
Year of the Tiger Crafts – New for 2022
Tiger headband with free template by Simple Everyday Mom
Handprint tiger craft by Simple Everyday Mom
Crafts for Lunar New Year – All Kinds
Year of the Pig Printable Coloring Pages by The Gingerbread House
Chinese Dragon Puppets – Hawaii Travels with Kids
Chinese Dragon Mask by Messy Little Monster
Printable Red Envelopes by Lia Griffith
A Pot of Gold Nuggets by Craft Passion
Paper Plate Dragon Puppets by Messy Little Monster
Cherry Blossom Fans by In the Playroom
Dog Corner Bookmark by Red Ted Art
Paper Blossoms for Chinese New Year by Pink Stripey Socks
Paper Lanterns by Creative Family Fun
DIY Paper Fortune Cookies by Cool Moms Cool Tips
Chinese New Year Tangrams by My Craftily Ever After
Mason Jar Lanterns by Mod Podge Rocks
Lucky Red Envelope Printable by Home and Away
Year of the Dog Activities and Crafts for Lunar New Year
Puppy Pudding Cups by Cutefetti
Handprint Dog Craft by Fun Handprint Art
Puppy Ears Card by Skip to My Lou
Shape Puppies by My Mommy Style
Printable Dog Masks by Itsy Bitsy Fun
Dog House Shape Game by Life Over C’s
Towel Puppies by Mad in Crafts
Spring Dog by Mess for Less
Paper Bag Dog Craft by the Inspiration Edit
Cardboard Tube Dogs by Crafts by Amanda
Dog Themed Coloring Pages by Easy Peasy and Fun
Pom Pom Puppy Craft by Molly Moo