If you’ve never celebrated Lunar New Year (also known as Chinese New Year) here are 25 fun reasons to start this year. These fun and easy crafts for Lunar New Year will broaden your world view, provide hands-on learning experiences for your little crafters.
2020 is the Year of the Rat and what better way to celebrate is to make some fun and easy crafts with your kids? 2018 was the Year of the Dog, and since this list was originally curated in 2018, lots of these crafts are dog or puppy themed. If you have family members of friends born in 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, and 2018, you might love all the year of Year of the Dog crafts.
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 and the Year of the Dog, I’ve got you covered.
Year of the Pig Printable Coloring Pages by The Gingerbread House
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:
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
Puppy Lollipop by Dream a Little Bigger
Towel Puppies by Mad in Crafts
Puppy Shaped Card Box by Artsy Fartsy Mama
Spring Dog by Mess for Less
Paper Bag Dog Craft by the Inspiration Edit
Cardboard Tube Dogs by Crafts by Amanda
Paper Plate Dogs by Craftulate
Dog Themed Coloring Pages by Easy Peasy and Fun
Pom Pom Puppy Craft by Molly Moo
Paw Print Salt Dough Ornaments by One Little Project