Free Chinese New Year Printables and Activities for Kids

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By In The Playroom

Chinese New Year is nearly here and to help you along with the Chinese New Year celebrations, we have prepared these free printables to enjoy with the kids.

If you’re stuck for ideas, or want to give your kids a quick and easy activity to tie in with Chinese New Year, these fun and educational printables are a great way to get kids of all ages involved in the annual Chinese New Year festivities.

With a variety of activities including Chinese New Year coloring page, word search, maze and more, this free printable pack has 8 pages with plenty to keep the kids busy.

For hundreds of years, the Chinese people have observed the lunar new year. This year, it falls on Tuesday February 1st and brings in the Year of the Tiger. Chinese New Year does not last only one day – the holiday will continue until February 15th when it concludes with the Lantern Festival. 

chinese new year lanterns

Because the Chinese New Year is based on the Chinese calendar (Chinese Lunar Calendar), not the Western solar calendar, the date can vary slightly each year. But the date of Chinese New Year tends to be late January or early February.

Chinese New Year Coloring Page

This Chinese New Year coloring page includes some information on the Chinese Lunar New Year aka Spring Festival to help children learn and understand more about this special time of year, with Chinese New Year facts.

They can also color a traditional Chinese Dragon picture. This Chinese New Year dragon puppet is taking part in the famous Dragon Dance! Along with the Lion Dance, these are performed to scare off evil spirits and bring in good luck, and good fortune for the coming year.

Chinese New Year coloring page with Chinese New Year facts for kids

Chinese New Year Maze Printable Page

Help the dragon find it’s way through the maze, to reach to the other side.

Mazes are a great activity for spacial awareness and developing logic skills, as well as being lots of fun.

Chinese New Year maze printable with dragon

Chinese New Year Wordsearch Printable

This Chinese New Year Wordsearch page has 18 different words to find:

Chinese New Year Spring Festival Celebrate Tiger Rabbit Dragon Snake Horse Goat Monkey Rooster Dog Pig Rat Ox

Word searches are lots of fun and a great way to keep kids busy.

free printable Chinese New Year word search for kids

Chinese New Year Word Scramble Printable Worksheet

This word scramble page includes all kinds of Chinese New Year words, including all of the Chinese Zodiac Animals.

Chinese New Year word scramble worksheet for kids

Chinese New Year Dot Marker Pages (Aka Do a Dot or Dab A Dot)

On this page, find the letter N for New Year and dab each one with a dot marker. This is a fun way to incorporate letter recognition to the festivities.

Chinese New Year dot marker page

Chinese New Year Trace the Lines Page

Trace the lines pages are great for toddlers and preschoolers who are working on their pencil control.

Little ones can carefully connect the matching pictures by following along the dotted line from one side of the page to the other, with zig zags, bumpy, wavy and squiggly lines.

Chinese New Year themed trace the lines page for preschoolers

Chinese New Year I Spy Printable Page

How many of each picture can you find?

Kids can use this activity sheet to hunt for and count these four symbols of Chinese New Year, and write the totals in the boxes at the bottom of the worksheet.

chinese new year I spy printable page

Chinese New Year Dragon Number Puzzle

Print out this number puzzle and colour in before cutting up and mixing all of the pieces of this activity page.

Kids can use the numbers or the picture to help them reassemble this Chinese New Year dragon design.

Chinese New Year printable dragon puzzle for kids


Click the download button below the PDF file preview below, for your free instant digital download of all of these Chinese New Year activity pages in PDF format.

These files are free to print for personal use or educational use in the classroom.

We hope you enjoyed these Chinese New Year worksheets

More Chinese New Year Activities

You might also like these Chinese New Year Crafts that we have here on In The Playroom, to help celebrate Chinese culture and get involved with this important holiday. Crafting is a great way to learn about Chinese New Year traditions with kids, in a fun way.

Make a Chinese Lantern

As we mentioned, Chinese New Year culminates in the lantern festival. Make your own Chinese New Year lantern with the kids.

We have a couple of different methods to share with you. Make a Chinese New Year lantern with cardboard tubes, or make a paper plate Chinese lantern – whichever you prefer, or whichever materials you have to hand.

Make Red Envelopes

Red Envelopes aka red packets or ang pow are given as a gift filled with money on Chinese New Year. Use our tutorial to make your own Chinese New Year lucky red envelope with the kids.

chinese new year red envelope

Try Chinese Recipes

One of the most fun and special parts of any festival is the food and Chinese New Year is no different. Try some of these Chinese recipes to make your own celebration delicious this new year.

Chinese New Year foods to try with the family

Easy Tiger Craft for Year of the Tiger

Every year brings in a new animal’s Zodiac year, and this year it is the turn of the tiger.

The Year of the Tiger comes around every 12 years, so if you were born in 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998 or 2010, then according to the Chinese Zodiac system you are ruled by the powerful tiger.

Mark this new year of the tiger with this easy and cute tiger craft for kids

cardboard toilet paper roll tiger craft for kids

Make a Chinese Drum

Make this Chinese New Year Shaker craft with the kids

Chinese new year drum

Read Chinese Stories with the Kids

Books are a great way to find out more about any theme or topic. We shared some authentic Chinese stories from Snowflake books, which are a great way to find out more about traditional stories and pick up a few Chinese words.

bilingual chinese English story book

Kids will enjoy looking at the Chinese writing and how the Chinese characters differ from the English alphabet that they may be more familiar with.


Fireworks are another fun way to celebrate Chinese New Year. For more coloring fun, try our free printable Fireworks coloring pages

fireworks coloring pages

In conclusion, The Chinese New Year is a great time to make new friends, introduce kids to their cultures and traditions, and learn about some of the amazing food available in Asia.

We hope these great Chinese New Year printables could help you get started! Download the printable pack for a fun activity that will keep kids busy and help them have a good time this Chinese New Year.


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Free printables for Chinese New Year with dragon coloring pictures, Chinese New Year wordsearches, mazes and more

Happy Chinese New Year!

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