A quick, cheeky “extra” Round Up for you – Chinese New Year Crafts for Kids! (Yes yes, I know I say I do them monthly… but sometimes you have to just change the dates around a little, so everyone can make something!!). It is a shorter get crafty than usual, but hopefully full of inspiration.
Chinese New Year is the most important festival in China – a literal translation is that it is the Spring Festival and the start of a new Zodiac year. Houses are cleaned out for a fresh start and entrances to the home decorated with red decorations that signify “good fortune” or “happiness”, “wealth”, and “longevity”. As general guide, Chinese New Year crafts are all about the auspicious colour Red, the colour of wealth Gold and Dragons – plus the 12 animals of the Zodiac. 2012 is the year of the Dragon.. so let’s see what we have!
Make your dragon craft super easy with this Chinese New Year Dragon puppet. We have created a simple print out for you to make the craft fun and easy!
2013 is the year of the SNAKE. So we have this super cute paper chain Snake Craft – make it in an auspicious Red or green.. or both! Your choice. Check out how my 3yrs old managed!
I featured this Dragon many moons ago, when I first started the round ups on Red Ted Art. I thought it was lovely then and think it is lovely now! So am sharing it with you again. Anything made from Egg Cartons is brilliant. Just a “to hand” house hold item. Add a little paint and look what you get. This one is from Activity Village. Love.
Or… step it up a notch and make a Puppet out of your egg carton dragon as per Family Fun! Simply gorgeous. Step by step guide and photos will help you along the way!
The Chinese like to give money in red envelopes for prosperity and good luck. Have a go at making your OWN red envelops, beautifully decorated with this Chinese New Year craft.
Nothing quite like a simple Chinese Fan! I thought the “materials needed” section make this sound terribly complicated.. I am sure you can make equally pretty fans with less “things”…. e.g. use a gold pen instead of stamps or cut out gold paper. The ideas is from Craft Kaboose.
Make your own drum to ward off the evil spirits – this one is made from an old CD (so you get a nice bit of noise) and beads. So easy and fun! From St Louise Public Library Parents (go the library!!).
Lightly Enchanted sure enchanted me, when they made these adorable Goldfish out of my favourite Cardboard Tubes! I think they look ADORABLE and I can just imagine these fluttering in the breeze. They are fabulous.
Start your children on their first origami animal with these adorable little cute goldfish. I always mean to try out more origami. These would look great as a mobile. And if you fancy some “fancy origami” paper and don’t have any, check out my free printables page with links to designs to print off at home! Crafty Crafted has a step by step guide!
And another craft that makes my mummy heart melt… look at this adorable dragon’s body is made up of the children’s handprints. How cute is that. Certainly a new one for the “hand craft drawer”. Baabaabeep and her wonderful children enchant us!
I remember making these as a child for “Carnival Day” (February). They are really easy to make and fun. And look great if you make lots to hang up together. These are super easy to make and great for practicing cutting skills. So make a Chinese Lantern today! You can either pop a tea light in glass in the middle or add a little handle to the top for hanging.
Or.. take the same humble lantern… and make them in smaller. Then attach to fairy lights. They look soooo lovely. Chinese Lantern Fairy Lights post. A super lovely twist on the traditional lantern craft.
Ok.. not a “traditional” Chinese craft as such, but I just couldn’t resist – don’t these lanterns made from “take out boxes” simply look fabulous? The idea is from Make Handmade. I love it!!
Did you know that Fortune Cookies are not really eaten in China?! They have more been “invented for the Wet”, never the less I think they make a fun addition to any Chinese New Year round up. From the AllRecipes website.. a recipe sharing fortune cookies with you. I have never made these before, but really do want to give them a go. Maybe there is time to make them for Red Ted’s nursery… mmmh. Yes, I think I will!
Have a VERY HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR and do try out some crafts!