10 Fun Chinese New Year Activities for Kids (No Matter Which Year It Is)

Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year, is coming up. It’s a great family-oriented holiday that is celebrated in many countries across Asia and countries outside Asia with a large Asian population.

Today, I’d like to share my favorite 10 Fun Chinese New Year Activities (no matter which year it is) with you!

There’s something for everyone: Sensory activities with rice, play dough, and slime, printables, crafts, book recommendations, and more.


Have fun and learn with these 10 Fun Chinese New Year Activities for Kids: Sensory, printables, crafts, and more! Perfect for kids of all ages from toddlers to kindergarteners and elementary students.



Multicultural Kid Blogs has lots of interesting info to get you started in their post Chinese New Year Symbols and Important Elements.


Chinese New Year Red Banners- Kid World Citizen


I have shared a cute little Chinese New Year I Spy Game that incorporates lots of Chinese New Year symbols. It’s great for practicing counting with a seasonal theme, visual discrimination, and as a conversation starter.


Check out this cute Chinese New Year I Spy Game printable! Great for practicing counting up to 10, 1:1 correspondence, visual discrimination, number recognition, and more! Your preschooler or kindergartner will love it.

The Chinese New Year Rice Sensory Play activity from Learning and Exploring Through Play is simple yet impressive and very engaging. The post also includes some great book recommendations.


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Go visit Pre-K Pages to find an even bigger list of awesome Chinese New Year Picture Books.


Things to Share and Remember has another simple and fun sensory idea: Chinese New Year Preschool Sensory Play.


Chinese New Year Sensory & Dramatic Play


I want to try this Chinese New Year Drum Craft by Gift of Curiosity next – my kids are going to get such a kick out of it!


Chinese New Year drum craft for kids || Gift of Curiosity


In The Playroom has a musical Chinese New Year Shaker Craft.


The Pinay Homeschooler has put together a complete Chinese New Year Mini Preschool Unit.


Chinese Paper Lantern Color Matching


Play & Learn Everyday show us how to make some simple, yet festive Chinese New Year Mini Lanterns.



Little Bins for Little Hands has a super fun Chinese New Year Slime recipe that comes with a simple printable showing Chinese characters and traditional symbols that go with the holiday to expand the learning opportunities even more.



Which Chinese New Year activity do you want to try?


Need a fun way to teach counting? Check out this counting games pack!

This adorable Valentine’s Day Counting Games Pack includes 5 different types of printable counting games, all with different variations that support kids at different stages of learning. Find out more HERE.

Valentine's counting fun for preschoolers and kindergarteners with this Valentine's Day Counting Games Pack! 5 different games with many variations: Dominoes, I Spy, Line-Up Puzzles, 2-Piece Puzzles, and Grid Games with an optional custom die. All in color and black & white and with two different styles for number 1.



Are you looking for more winter activities for kids? They’re right here!

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