Bringing in Chinese New Year

Sian Evans
06th February 2018
Image of the year of the dog to celebrate Chinese New Year in 2018 with EYFS, primary and secondary students

Explore the traditions and customs of Chinese New Year with these hand-picked resources

The year of the dog is nearly upon us! Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, marks the first day of a brand new year in the Chinese calendar. The peak of the 15-day celebrations will take place on Friday 16 February, when people traditionally celebrate with festival meals, dancing and the giving and receiving of hongbao (red money envelopes).

So why not get in the festive spirit and celebrate with your class? Here are some of our favourite Chinese New Year resources:

Resources for young learners

Explore the animals of the Chinese Zodiac and decorate the classroom with these paper chain templates.

Why not prepare pupils for their own Chinese New Year parade by getting them to decorate these full-face masks and learn this specially written song with adaptable lyrics?

For even more ideas, have a look at this themed day plan, which outlines a further six activities to try with your class.


Chinese New Year Zodiac Animals Paper Chains

Chinese New Year Zodiac Animals Paper Chains: A series of 24 strips including the animals of the Chinese Zodiac and their corresponding symbols to create paper chains. Each set of 12 animals is available in full colour and black and white for children to colour themselves. A fun Chinese New Year themed activity.
By Helen Rachel Crossley

Chinese New Year Animal Masks

Colour and b/w animal masks for Chinese New Year.
By Grolta

Chinese new year song music

A celebration of the Chinese new year in song. For preview see
This song celebrates the year of the dragon , There is an introduction for children to happily bang on a drum alternating with a cymbal. The simple words are in illustrated PowerPoint
On the premium site, I have backing tracks etc which enable you to sing the words to a different year/animal and an additional simply illustrated video.
By pwilloughby3

Chinese New Year Activity Plan

I am doing a Chinese New Year day with my Rec/Year one class. This resource has the activity outline,alongside the relevant EYFS objectives.I have done it like this to help me feel more oraginsed,and am hoping to do a ‘round robin’ style day, alongside CIP. It can be adpated for other year groups as the activties are accesible to all.

By rheafield

Primary resources

Entertain and inform students about the customs of Chinese New Year and the story of Nian the dragon in this colourful assembly presentation. Then, students can use this Chinese zodiac spinner to find out the characteristics of the animal that corresponds with their birthday.

Add some colour to your classroom by creating these year of the dog lanterns or brighten up maths lessons by colouring halves and quarters on this adaptable themed fractions worksheet.


Chinese New Year 2018 lesson/ assembly

A fun and interactive PowerPoint presentation about Chinese New Year, its origins and traditions.
26 slides with basic information about the holiday. In 2018, Chinese New Year fall on February 16th.

Suitable for stand alone lessons and assemblies in KS1/KS2.

Included: history of the holiday; story of Nian monster; information about reunion dinner; Chinese Zodiac; fun facts quiz; video link; colourful illustrations.

The presentation can be used on its own or followed by a number of engaging activities that are also in our shop.

Thank you for your interest.
By hoppytimes

Chinese Zodiac Spinner

Chinese New Year: A fun spinner that shows you which animal year you were born in, according to the Chinese Zodiac.
Simply enter your date of birth and press the tick to spin the wheel. Do you agree with the personality assessment?
The zodiac dates are also shown in the Word document for your reference.

Note: This is a Flash activity and may not work on all devices and browsers. We recommend IE.
By TESiboard

Chinese New Year 2017 :: Year of the Dog :: Chinese Dog Lantern Craft :: 3D

Year of the Dog Chinese Lanterns

A creative way to decorate your classroom for Chinese New Year on February 16th, 2018. Dogs hanging from the ceiling or sitting on the shelf, your kiddos will love creating and putting on their own personal touches on these Chinese New Year cuties.

These Lunar New Year units are designed in a Mix & Match format. You are able to pick the pieces that you want, depending on the needs and the abilities of your students. There are so many different possibilities to create your Year of the Dog lantern.

Each Chinese lantern creation is designed with a printed lantern template and a blank template. Blank templates are intended for your kids to come up with their own designs or you can have your kids color, cut out and glue on the Dog faces.

These Chinese lantern crafts are great for developing fine motor skills, following the directions and listening skills. I currently teach Kindergarten and my little ones love creating lanterns. I just teach each step in isolation and then put it all together. This is a great activity for buddy classes to work on…again teach the steps in isolation and then put it together. With my buddy class, these lanterns will take a few sessions to complete.

In addition, 6 activity worksheets included to enhance learning about the Year of the Dog and Chinese New Year.

• Printed lantern templates
• Cut & Glue-on Dog Face parts
• Dog legs, collar and tail

• Can, Have, Are charts ~ Year of the Dog :: Dogs :: Chinese New Year
• Circle Charts ~ Year of the Dog :: Dogs :: Chinese New Year


:: Dog Craft :: Chinese New Year Lantern :: Year of the Dog :: Chinese New Year Activity :: Chinese Lunar New Year :: Chinese Zodiac Animals :: February 16th, 2018 :: Lunar New Year :: Spring Festival
By Ms Lil

Chinese new year dragon fraction (colour half)

Some very odd looking dragons! The children must colour in half in one colour and half in another. You could adapt it so they must colour quarters too.
By amy_loupin

Secondary resources

Get older learners into the spirit of the festival by completing this web-based comprehension activity about the preparations leading up to New Year’s Day itself. Plus, this collection of short activities can be used to consolidate understanding during tutor time or as a filler in a lesson.

Encourage your class to learn a little bit of Chinese to ensure a more authentic celebration with this vocabulary sheet. And, for something a bit different, this Chinese New Year murder mystery combines maths and logical thinking to make an engaging addition to any celebration.


Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) – QAR themed literacy activities

A great resource to get learners excited about Chinese New Year 2016!

Question Answer Relationship (QAR) is a great technique for encouraging and improving reading comprehension with students.

The resource includes 11 questions (answers included) for students to answer based on Spring Festival fact files (access to the internet is required).

This resource has been thoroughly designed so no extra prep or specialised ability is needed! It can help form a standalone literacy lesson or can be left as a cover lesson. The activities should last between 30 minutes.

Can be easily adapted to suit other lessons you may have already planned.

This lesson should be accessible to years 7-8.

Activities are differentiated by the QAR levels

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By engagingresources

8 x Chinese New Year Starter Activities Keywords Wordsearch Crossword Countries Culture

1 x Wordsearch
1 x Definitions Match-up cut and stick sheet
1 x Crossword
1 x Factsheet
1 x Missing words cloze activity
1 x Anagram Sheet
1 x Alphabet Brainstorm Analyser
1 x IDEA (Identify, Describe, Explain, Analyse) Analyser

on the theme of 'Chinese New Year'.

Powerpoint so can be used on the board or printed as a worksheet.

Includes space for students to explain the keywords and suggested extension activities. Can take 10 minutes or an hour, depending on which activities the students complete.

Ideal for the start of a lesson, a quick filler, a homework, part of a cover lesson or as a plenary on the board with a whiteboard pen.

The idea behind these is to get students to become more literate and think independently about the words that could be used to describe the topic being taught. The repetition of the word over and over as they look for the word is useful in remembering the terms. Often the students will pick up on things that you would not normally expect!

Chinese New Year vocabulary

??,?? This is a vocabulary sheet introducing words and phrases to do with Chinese New Year, including the animals of the Chinese zodiac. There are some links to websites which use this vocabulary.
By Liz_Fotheringham

Chinese New Year Mini Murder Mystery

To celebrate the year of the horse (Jan 31st 2014) here's a mini murder mystery. Students will need to be able to fathom out the 12 year cycle and be able to understand that the dates up to the start of a new year still belong to the previous animal. Powers and negatives also needed for later parts of the mystery.
By whieldon

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