We have a whole section of dedicated to Chinese New Year crafts already.. however, as every year we have a different Chinese Zodiac Animal, I thought it would be fun to bring together a list of some ideas for each animal.
So depending on your interest, you can skip straight to the section that is relevant to you. Some sections will link to “bigger” sections with more animal crafts of the same sort. Some (for now) will “only” have 3 ideas for you. We also have a set of Chinese Zodia Bookmarks you may like!
The 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals are:
As mentioned there are 12 Chinese Zodia Animals in this order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.
You can learn about the power of the Chinese Animal Zodiac here.
When is Chinese New Year?
Chinese New Year 2021 is on the 12th February 2021 and it is the Year of the Ox!
1. Year of the Rat Crafts (2008 – 2020 – 2032)
Now Rats aren’t really a typical “craft theme”… mainly because the rival the cuter MOUSE! So, I do have an amazing set of MOUSE DIYs.. and I think if you substitute the colours with greys, blacks and red, mainy of these mouse crafts would be perfect for the Year of the Rat!
If I was picking just ONE Mouse Craft for the Year of the Rat…
I would most definitely make these easy Mouse Finger Puppets in grey and black! The long faces are perfect for Rats too:
Or how about these Rat Paper Hand Puppets!
2. Year of the Ox – 2009 – 2021 – 2033
Time for the year of the Ox. The Ox.. as little like the Rat and mouse, can be represent by some cow, highland cow or yak crafts. So here are a couple we have already – with a more extensive collection of Bull Crafts here.
All our Year of the Ox crafts here.
Picking out our favourites, it would have to include:
Let’s kick things off with our super fun and favourite Corner Bookmark Crafts. And yes, we really do have a corner bookmark for every occassion, including this Year of the Ox Corner Bookmark DIY! I do think he looks rather like Ferdinand too!!
Similarly we have some adorable Cow Origami Envelopes! Changes up the colours for Year of the Ox and make use of our free Happy New Year printable.
Surely this cute TP Roll Yak or Highland Cow would pass as an Ox?
Or how about this handprint Yak.. would also work nicely as a handprint OX for Chinese New Year? Maybe make it in red?
3. Year of the Tiger – 2010 – 2022 – 2032
Simple Tiger Printing for Kids
Learn how to make these cute and easy Tiger Pop Up Cards!
First Palette has a great Tiger Mask Printable
Or try this easy Paper Plate Tiger from No Time for Flashcards!
4. Year of the Rabbit – 2011 – 2023 – 2035
Well the year of the Rabbit is an easy one.. mainly because we do have SOOO many cute Easter Bunny Crafts!!! Again, if you wanted to make them more “Chinese New Year” appropriate.. have a play with the colours and introduce reds and golds. Find ALL our Rabbit Crafts here – with my favourite three below!
If I had to pick three rabbit crafts for Chinese New Year, I would go for:
Try the EASY Origami Rabbit or the slightly more intermediate Origami Rabbit.
Rocking Rabbits – as they are so fun and easy. You could add Chinese New Year messages instead of the grass!
5. Year of the Dragon – 2012 – 2024 – 2036
Our extensive collection of cool Dragon Crafts!
Or have a go at these fantastic Paper Plate Dragon Twirlers!
6. Year of the Snake – 2013 – 2025 – 2037
Well of course, we have a Snake Corner Bookmark as mentioned before.. but here are some other great Snake makes you will like!
My kids ADORE making Paper Chains.. so these Paper Chain Snakes are perfect for Chinese New Year!
Or how about these fantastic Finger Knitted Snakes?
7. Year of the Horse – 2014 – 2026 – 2038
We have lots of Unicorn Crafts for Kids that could easily adapt to being great Horse Crafts for Chinese New Year.
How about a no sew Horse Sock Puppet?!
H is for Horse Miss Maren’s Monkeys
8. Year of the Goat – 2003 – 2015 – 2027 – 2039
I Heart Crafty Things has this super cute Paper Plate Goat Craft! Perfect for Year of the Goat.
Farm Wife Crafts has these adorable Toilet Paper Roll Goats, nice and easy to make too!
Or how about this simple Paper Bag Goat Puppet from Clubhouse Jr?
9. Year of the Monkey – 2004 – 2016 – 2028
Little ones will love exploring this easy Monkey Handprint. A super fun idea for Chinese New Year. Maybe make it in red and gold?!
Easy Monkey Hat Craft over on Kix Cereal.
10. Year of the Rooster – 2005 – 2017 – 2029
Why not have a good browse of our Easter Chick Crafts – there are a number of fabulous crafts that could easily be adapted into making Roosters for Chinese New Year!
We ADORE these Egg Carton Roosters. So easy and fun to make!
Or maybe make some of these simple TP Roll Rooster Gift Boxes – fill with lucky money for Chinese New Year!
Finally, make thse craft stick roosters in red and they will be a perfect way to celebrate the year of the rooster!
11. Year of the Dog – 2006 – 2018 – 2030
Again we have a collection of Easy Dog Crafts for Kids to browse.. but if I had to pick just three for the Chinese Zodiac exploration, I would pick the following:
Super easy Dog Hand Puppets – these would be fun and quick to make!
Fantastic Paper Plate Dog Masks (with template)
12. Year of the Pig – 2007 – 2019- 2031
We have a great collection of Pig Crafts for Kids that you can browse at your leisure.
If we had to highlight just three Pig Crafts for you.. I would pick these easy Paper Fortune Teller Pig Crafts (tell your fortune for the Year of the Pig!).
I hope you have enjoyed this collection of Animal Crafts for Chinese New Year!! It is such a fun way to learn about and explore the Chinese Zodiac.
Check out the rest of our fun Chinese New Year Activities for Kids:
We also have some fabulous Chinese Zodiac Bookmarks for you to check out!