Chinese New Year Activities

Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival in China, begins on the 23rd day of the 12th lunar month of the Chinese calendar.  The festival lasts for about 23 days, ending on the 15th day of the first lunar month in the following year in the Chinese calendar.

Bring the celebration into your home or classroom with our craftivity packet.


Students will:
* follow written directions to make a banner and a lantern
* answer questions about a map of China
* listen to an ancient legend that explains the animals of the Chinese zodiac and make a fan to retell the tale (tale not included)
* complete a cause and effect activity (3 different levels provided) for The Runaway Wok by Ying Chang Compestine (book not included)
* sequence the steps to make dumplings
* play a traditional Chinese game
* compare their own new year traditions with China’s traditions

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Learn about traditions from other countries that celebrate the Lunar New Year.  Click on the country to read more, and compare to China’s traditions.

Hong Kong, Indonesia, Tibet, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Learn more about China’s geography and culture with our country research project.


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