The Chinese New Year is the celebration of the new year based on the traditional Chinese calendar. The date moves each year. The Year of the Dragon will begin on February 10, 2024. I’ve assembled a collection of Chinese New Year activities, resources, and ideas you can use for a fun themed unit study.
Putting together a Chinese New Year unit study to do with your children doesn’t have to be complicated. The important thing is simply doing enjoyable activities around the theme and having fun in a way that helps your children learn about the world.
Create a Chinese New Year Themed Study
If learning with themes is new to you, I have a post called How to Easily Create a Themed Unit Study that gives all kinds of ideas and ways you can easily put together a themed unit for your family. If you read that post and look at the activities below, you will see how easy it is to put together an interesting, fun, and informative Chinese New Year unit study.
As always, please preview all of the resources to make sure they align with your family’s values.
Chinese New Year Videos for Kids
For the visual learners in your home (and just for fun!)
Fun Fact Cards & Copywork
Learn interesting facts with the Chinese New Year Fun Fact Cards!
You can also learn the facts while doing handwriting practice with this Chinese New Year Copywork that includes three different options.
Chinese New Year Writing Pages
Don’t miss these fun Chinese New Year Writing Pages. They are a great resource for all kinds of themed projects!
Explanation of Chinese Zodiac
You can see a detailed explanation of the 12 zodiac animals in this article, including the dates when each one will cycle through.
From the linked article, the animals are in order:
- rat (鼠—shǔ)
- ox (牛—niú)
- tiger (虎—hǔ)
- rabbit (兔—tù)
- dragon (龙—lóng)
- snake (蛇—shé)
- horse (马—mǎ)
- goat (羊—yang)
- monkey (猴—hóu)
- rooster (鸡—jī)
- dog (狗—gǒu)
- pig (猪—zhū)
Here are some picture books to add to your family library or read aloud time.
- Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Chinese New Year: With Fireworks, Dragons, and Lanterns
- Chinese New Year Wishes: Chinese Spring and Lantern Festival Celebration
- Dragon Dance: A Chinese New Year Lift-the-Flap Book
- My First Chinese New Year
- Bringing In the New Year
- Chelsea’s Chinese New Year
- A New Year’s Reunion: A Chinese Story
Spelling and Vocabulary Words
If you use the unit study pack, here is a list of Chinese New Year words you can use for many purposes (spelling, vocabulary, word search, etc.).
- Chinese New Year
- Lunar New Year
- red envelopes
- lucky coins
- good luck
- lion dance
- spring rolls
- red packets
Two articles with recipes for learning about the foods associated with the celebrations.
- Chinese New Year Recipes – Understanding the Symbolic Meanings of Food Special to this Holiday
- 10 Of The Best Chinese New Year Dessert Recipes
If your family really wants to celebrate, here are some inexpensive decoration packs from Amazon.
I hope your learning time is fun!