Have you taught your preschoolers about Chinese New Year? It’s the perfect time to start! You’ll find amazing ideas in this list of Chinese New Year Activities for preschoolers.

Facts About Chinese New Year for Kids

  • Chinese New Year is also called Lunar New Year and Spring Festival
  • The date is based on the Chinese calendar and varies from year to year. The first day of Chinese New Year begins on the new moon that appears between 21 January and 20 February.
  • In 2020, the first day of the Chinese New Year will be on Saturday, 25 January
  • The Chinese calendar has an animal zodiac.Β  2020 is the Year of the Rat!
  • Lunar New Year is celebrated in many countries, including China, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, and many other surrounding.
  • Festivities last for two weeks, beginning with New Year’s Eve and ending with the Lantern Festival.Β  See a timeline of the festival dates.

Chinese New Year 2020 Activities for Preschoolers

Your kids are going to LOVE this set of learning activities! There are fire breathing dragons, gold coins, and lots of opportunity to learn about a new culture!
Chinese New Year Montessori Activities | Trillium Montessori – Start your learning with this set of Montessori themed activities. It’s a great way to start your busy year off with fun learning!

Chinese New Year Montessori Trays | Pinay Homeschooler
Jae always has an amazing collection of hands on activities!Β  Check these out!

Symbols of Chinese New Year Playdough Mats | Welcome to Mommyhood
Add these cute mats to your playdough area and see if they prompt some new ideas for designs!Β  Yuliya has made these available for free!


Chinese Zodiac Animal Matchups | Preschool Activities Nook
Get this free printable and learn about the animals of the Chinese Zodiac.Β  This is a simple matching activity that your younger students will enjoy!

Easy Fireworks Painting | Danya Banya – I LOVE this idea! Create fun firework themed painting for your Chinese New Year celebration!

Chinese New Year Sensory Bin | Gift of Curiosity – If your kids love sensory activities, this is THE bin to create for Chinese New Year! Sensory bins are a great way to introduce vocabulary and help strengthen little hands.

Celebrate with these Chinese New Year Activities for preschoolers! Craft dragons and Chinese lanterns with kids as a way to learn about Chinese culture.

Chinese Inspired Sensory Play | Nurture Store –Β  Help your kids learning more Chinese vocabulary as they build and learn with play dough.

Zodiac Coloring Lanterns | Totschooling – Print and create your own Zodiac themed lanterns this new year. Learn more about the animal of the year and the Chinese culture too!

Chinese New Year Inspired Slime | Little Bins for Little Hands – What a fun way to celebrate Chinese New Year! Create your own slime inspired by the Chinese culture.

Chinese New Year Dragon Crafts

Recycled Dancing Dragon Craft | Oh Creative Day – This is a great dragon craft for your recycle bin! Grab a couple materials and get creative as you talk about a historic figure in Chinese culture.

Egg Carton Dragon Craft | I Heart Crafty Things – You’ll need your recycle bin for this dragon craft! Kids are going to love to decorate and and play with their new dragon!

Cupcake Liner Dragon Craft | I Heart Crafty Things – Isn’t this adorable? Cupcake liners are a fun way to craft this new year and the end product is absolutely gorgeous!

Dragon Puppets | Red Ted Art – Wow! I know so many preschoolers who would LOVE adding these dragon puppets to their pretend play area!

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Chinese New Year is on the way! 🐲 It's the year of the Pig this year but with the children we decided to make colorful dragons puppets! We all love dragons! πŸ˜€ It's still a work in progress as some of them are really choosing the perfect colours for their perfect dragon! So here is our first one! 😍 Group of mini artists ages 4 to 6 years old. * * * * #ArtsAndCrafts #MiniArtists #Art #Craft #Creative #Children #KidsArt #Modelling #Painting #ArtClub #London #Monday #PaintingMission #KidsCraft #KidsCrafts101 #PicOfTheDay #LoveMyJob #ArtClass #ArtEducation #ArtTeacher #FunArt #CreativeArtCorner #AfterSchool #Clapham #BellevilleWix #Lambeth #Bilingual #ChineseNewYearCraft

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Chinese New Year ⭐️ Miss 3 has been learning about Chinese New Year at preschool. To accompany her learning at preschool, we decided to make her own Chinese paper craft dragon. . ⭐️ I cut out the Dragon face, tongue and tail whilst Miss 3 cut strips of green, yellow, orange and yellow paper for the body. . ⭐️ On a black piece of paper, I drew a curved line in pencil. Miss 3 glued the head to the beginning and the tail to the end of the line. Then glued the strips of paper as the body. . ⭐️ She added google eyes to the dragon’s face whilst I added some details with pen. To finish the dragon off we cut gold patty-pans into triangles and glued them around the body. . ⭐️ #stayathomemom #stayathomemums #toddlerart #toddlerlife #toddlertime #creativeplay #creativekids #kidsart #messyartist #toddleractivities #toddlerlearning #toddlerplay #learningthroughplay #toddlereducation #toddlerslife #busytoddler #learningyoung #learningathome#3yearoldlife #4yearoldlife #preschoolactivity #mumlife #preschoolathome #finemotorskills #preschoolteacher #chinesenewyear #chinesenewyearcraft #scissorskills #dragoncraft #chinesenewyear2018

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