We love celebrating Chinese New Year with the kids. It is a wonderful time to explore other cultures, crafts and foods and always involves a trip to China Town for us. We have many Animal Zodiac crafts for you already, but today wanted to focus on Year of the Ox Crafts & Ideas!
These Year of the Ox crafts would of course also double up nicely as “Cow Crafts” for anyone exploring Farmyard Crafts this year. In fact, some of the crafts below, may be a little more “cow” than “ox” or “bull”… but by switching the colours around, you can also have a great cow craft for Chinese New Year!
What are the Year of the Ox Dates?
- 11th February 1937 – 30th January 1938
- 29th January 1949 – 16th February 1950
- 15th February 1961 – 4rd February 1962
- 3rd February 1973 – 22th January 1974
- 20th February 1985 – 8th February 1986
- 7th February 1997 – 27th January 1998
- 26th January 2009 – 13th February 2010
- 12th February 2021 – 31th January 2022
What are the 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals?
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 12th February 2021 and it is the Year of the Ox!
When is the next year of the Ox?
As mentioned, the next Chinese New Year is the Year of the Ox. It starts on the 12th February 2021. It will then be another 12 years before the next one in 2033.
What does Year of the Ox mean?
The Ox is the second animal in the Chinese Animal Zodiac. It is second, because, during a legendary race the Ox was kind, and gave the Rat a lift on its back. Only then to be cheated of his win, by the Rat jumping off his back and ahead of the Ox in order to secure first place. A cunning Rat, and a trusting Ox.
What is the Ox personality?
The Ox used to be an important farmyard animal – in many developing countries, it still is. It is associated with charactistics of calm, perseverence and honesty. It is an extremely capable and strong animal. People born in the year of the ox, are hard working, faithful and helpful.
Year of the Ox Crafts & Activity Ideas
Onto our Year of the Ox Crafts and Activity ideas. As mentioned, many of the crafts shared today, would be great for any farmyard crafting sessions – you can vary up the colours and details to turn the same pattern from Ox to Cow, from Cow to Highland Cow, to Highland Cow to Bull, from Bull to Yak… they are broadly speaking the same sort of basic craft and colours are interchangeable. In fact a couple of my crafts to today are actually a YAK Craft… which works surprisingly well as a Highland Cow craft too. Well there you go!
If you are looking for Ox or Bull Crafts to go with the lovely Ferdinand, the Bull story… pick any of today’s crafts and make it in black… maybe add a gold nose ring too and you will be sorted for Ferdinand crafts too!
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.
My kids needed a cow mask for a school play.. they went off together and made this fabulous Paper Plate Cow Mask by themselves! Love it.
The same goes for Toilet Paper Roll crafts. We have so many crafts made from this humble material. In particularly, we made this Toilet Paper Roll Yak Craft for an Paper Tube Animal ABC series. The colours also work perfectly as a Toilet Paper Roll Highland Cow, don’t you think!?
A simple drawing prompt and card in one – learn about Chinese characters whilst you are at it with this free Year of the Ox Greeting card download!
I made this Cow Pop UP Card for my son a couple of years ago (he loves cows… long story). Again, if you made it in black or brown colours, it would make a great Ox Craft too, don’t you think?
And yes… my Yak craft inspiration continues… again this Y is for Yak Handprint Craft is part of a set of crafts – in this case our Animal Handprint Alphabet! Once again, this craft in black (with white hooves) would be a great Ferdinand Bull craft too!
More Year of the Ox Activities from around the Web
I really need to create more Red Ted Art cow crafts! But in the meantime, here are some fun ideas from around the web!
Craft Project Ideas makes this Arty Ox complete with downloadable cow templates!
Learn Create Love also has a fabulous Year of the Ox printable template that you can print, colour and assemble for Chinese New Year!
Dltk’s paper bag ox craft also looks fabulous!
Or try Dltk’s paper plate bull craft too!
Artists Helping Children, have this fab little Stand Up Cow Printable Craft.
Originally from Michaels – but the tutorial is no longer available. I thought it was cute though and wanted to share!
Simple Wooden Spoon Ox by Activity Village
Easy O is for Ox acivity by All About Learning Press!
How cute is this recycled container Ox craft from Free Kids Crafts! Rummaging through the recycling box and exploring conatiners and shapes is so fun. It results in some really unique crafting.
3 Boys and a Dog made me smile with this Cowboy outfit cow… what a fun way to dress up! All you need to start off with is a big box!
Paper Box World has a super cute set of box animal printables – inlcuding this cow or bull printable. How cute? You could make it from sturdier card and use it as a money box!
Buggy and Buddy has a cute simple Paper Cow.. perfect for those of you, who fancy a quicker craft!
Kids Activities Blog as a fabulous PAPER (!) Cup Cow Craft for you too (please don’t use the environmentally unfriendly foam cups).
Craft Klatch prooves, that you really can upcycle anything with this super quirky Golf ball Cow!
Thrifty fun shows how to make a lolly stick cow bookmark. Crafting with lolly sticks really is a firm childhood favourite.
Printables on Etsy
Finally, two Bull Projects from Etsy, that I couldn’t resist sharing!!! We made the mask in the summer and my son LOVED it.
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This Bull mask is by Wintercroft!
This quirky Paper bull is by EcoGami!
More Farm Yard Animal Craft For Kids Collections suitable for Chinese Zodiac Crafting:
- Sheep Crafts (for Year of the Ram – add some horns!)
- Pig Crafts (for Year of the Pig)
- Chicken Crafts (for Year of the Rooster)
More general Chinese New Year Crafts for Kids: