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There are so many great ideas for Chinese New Year crafts! Hands-on crafts help make the celebration come alive to your children. Once your class has discussed the Chinese New Year celebration and the many symbols of the festival, it is time to make a craft. There are several simple crafts that I have used with children, from preschool through elementary.
Spring Blossoms: A simple painting project with brown and pink paint. Kids use paint brushes to paint the twigs and cotton balls to paint the blossoms.
The same project can be done by slightly older kids, as seen here:
Red Paper Lanterns: Follow the instructions here to make this simple Chinese New Year craft.
Translating Names: Solicit a parent to come in and write your students’ names in Mandarin or Cantonese.
Rice Dough Figurines: For thousands of years, Chinese artisans have been making rice dough figurines. With the same techniques of molding the dough and using various tools to create intricate details, your students can make playdough figures. In 2010, the Year of the Tiger, we made tiger designs out of black and orange playdough. Older children can study Chinese dough figurines to get ideas before beginning.
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