Learning about Chinese New Year? Our free Chinese lantern template is perfect as a simple activity that kids can decorate while they find out about this fun celebration. We’ve got ideas on how you can use printable as well as more ideas for Chinese New Year activities for kids.
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How can you celebrate Chinese New Year at home
When my kids were younger we used to visit our local Chinese restaurant where they would put on a dragon dance for Chinese New Year.
After we moved that was no longer possible but there’s still lots of ways you can celebrate Chinese New Year at home, try making and eating Chinese food together, putting up decorations and trying out Chinese New Year crafts and activities like the ones below.
You could even give red envelopes to each other, if you don’t want to put a crisp monetary note in as is traditional why not try a note for something fun like a movie night or staying up a bit past bedtime?
How to decorate your Chinese Lantern Template
Colouring – this is the easiest go-to option for kids and there’s nothing wrong with that at all! Grab your colouring pencils or paint and colour in your Chinese lantern.
Dot stickers – using dot stickers like these* would be a great mess free way to colour in your lantern. Stickers are also great for helping with your child’s pincer grasp and hand strength. The OT Toolbox has a great article on the benefits of playing with stickers from an occupational therapy point of view if you’d like to find out more about this.
Mosaic – Get some red paper (you can look through magazines for some) and cut it into pieces before sticking them onto the main body of your Chinese lantern. Older kids can try to create a proper mosaic pattern without the paper pieces touching while for younger kids you can help them add the glue to the main shape so that all the bits of paper stay in the correct area.
Tissue Paper – check out our tissue paper lanterns for inspiration. We scrunched tissue paper to colour in the main part of our lanterns.
How do you make a Chinese Lantern?
If you’d like to make a Chinese lantern out of paper or card they’re really easy to make and a bit of a kids craft classic!
We made these lanterns and decorated them. To make Chinese lanterns just follow the same instructions but use red card or paper fr your lantern instead.
Love easy kids crafts? Check out our free templates where you’ll find printables like this for throughout the year as well as ideas on how to use them.
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