Fran's World of Discovery: Tangrams - Make your own Tangram pieces and puzzles.
Make your own Zodiac Mat or Wheel
As you find out about each zodiac symbol, glue that icon to a mat or wheel and add information about it underneath.
Make a Chinese Character Necklace
Good Luck Love Happiness Wisdom Health Fortune
You will need...
A cardboard cereal box, scissor, hole punch, red paint and a paint brush, a black maker, a pony bead, ribbon and the printable Chinese Characters from Activities For Kids
What to do...
Cut cardboard into circles and paint each one red. Once they dry, pop a hole in the top of each one, then write a different Chinese Character in the middle with a marker. Loop a ribbon with a pony bead through the hole on top and tie it off to make a necklace.
Make a frame with chopsticks, draw a Chinese character on a piece of paper the size of your frame, and glue it to the chopsticks. Once dry, glue a ribbon to hang the frame, and add a dragon, panda, tiger or another animals related to China, to one corner of the frame.
Make Bookmarks with Chinese Symbols
Origami Zodiac Symbols
The Origami Resource Center has a variety of zodiac symbols to choose from.
Make a Chinese Yo-Yo
You will need a dowel, wrapping paper - 6'x 5-7", and a glue stick to do this project.
Instructables: Paper Yo-Yo - Instructions.
Coloring and Activity Pages
DLTK: China - Chinese New Year and China Crafts and Children's Activities
Activity Village: Chinese New Year - Chinese Dragon Colouring Page -
Chinese New Year Crafts - More Chinese New Year Crafts
Enchanted Learning: Chinese New Year - Crafts and activities for the Chinese New Year. This site offers information about the holiday and instructions for crafts free of charge. A paid membership may be required for some of the printable pages.
Panda Express: Chinese New Year Resource Page - Site offers a video, printable worksheets, lesson plans, and information about the Chinese Zodiac.
The Do It Yourself Mom - Offers a free 29 page PDF filled with 20+ crafts and activities to help celebrate the Chinese New Year.
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