It’s Chinese New Year – the year of the fire Monkey – so we have put together a round up of simple crafts to do with the kids. As always, do share your crafts with us,Â pop a photo on our Facebook page, we love to see what you have been up to! Looking for a monkey craft?Â Check out the awesome Monkey Mask we shared earlier.
Chinese Lanterns. Two pretty ways to make easy Chinese lanterns: theyâ€™re great Chinese New Year crafts for kids and a fun way to work on scissor skills.
Blossom Tree Finger Print Paining.Â Blossom trees are symbolic of Chinese New Year, celebrated in Japan, and welcomed in Spring in much of the world. This is a great one to so withÂ toddlers, let them go crazy with the finger paint and you can draw the trunk and branches. We’re going to be doing this after school, so will let you know how we get on!
DIY Lucky Red Envelopes. There are lots of traditions when it comes to Chinese New Year, one of which is handing out red packetsÂ which are aÂ channel for sending good wishes and luck. Actually, the significance of red packets is the red paper, not the money inside.
Chinese New Year dragon puppet craft.Â A glorious, recycled dragon craftÂ â€“ perfect as a Chinese New Year dragon puppet, or for storytelling any time.
Chinese New Year drum craft.Â This craft re-creates a traditional Chinese instrument called theÂ Bolang Gu, or pellet drum. This instrument is used in Chinese ritual music and as a childrenâ€™s toy – paper plates to the ready!