One of my good friends, whose son is my son’s bestie, is Chinese and hosts a playdate almost every year for the Chinese New Year. I have had a blast brainstorming ideas with her and our other friends on what crafts we can do with the kids and all other kinds of playdate and party fun.
Here is our collection of Chinese New Year crafts we have done with them or by ourselves since my son was 2 years old. I will keep adding our crafts and activities every year so be sure to check back every year!
My friend’s son usually wears one of his Chinese outfits and one year all the playdate kids were wearing them. We also have done red envelopes quite a few years and Chinese food of course. I love that I get to have her write things in Chinese on the kids crafts. The kids have made everything from drums and dragons to lanterns + more!
Chinese Dragon Crafts
Free Printable Book: Red, Dragon, Red Dragon, What Do You See?
Chinese Lantern Kids Crafts
Recycled Chinese Lantern Craft for kids or adults
More Chinese New Year Crafts
Red Envelopes and Clothes – lots of playdate ideas!
Fingerprint Lucky Tree Canvas Art – the kids were so content with this craft (read: quiet….. LOL!).
Paper Fan Craft – simple to make and even toddlers will have fun decorating their own fan.
Chinese Drum Craft for Kids – one of our favorites and is popular here on the blog too!
Thumbprint Zodiac Symbols – my son loved this!
Year of the Tiger:
Year of Dragon:
*See above for all the dragon crafts.
Year of the Snake:
Year of the Horse