Chinese New Year

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By Jenni Tavenerearly years teacher and writer

Celebrate Chinese New Year festival in your setting with these colourful activities.

Chinese lanterns

Dragon puppets

Expressive arts and design

Go to Google to look at pictures and photographs of Chinese New Year festivities with the children. Focus on the magnificent models, puppets and images of the Chinese dragons. Talk about the colours, patterns, shapes and textures on the models. Invite the children to design and make a Chinese dragon puppet using recyclable materials such as boxes, tubs, tubes, coloured wrapping paper, bubble wrap, shiny foil, tissue paper, fabric, feathers, sandpaper, beads, braid, sequins and glitter.

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  1. rolley
    on 29 January 2014

    Chinese New Year

    Very quick and easy activities to do. Thanks.

    4out of 5
  2. carol
    on 10 February 2010

    chinese new year

    Very informative an easy to follow, thanks

  3. savannah
    on 8 February 2010


    im he dragon boo i wanted to be the dog i love dogs my sis was the monkey and my bros the tiger hes 1998 and my mommy is the rat LOOOL

  4. Kay
    on 3 February 2010

    Chinese New Year

    Very useful and practical ideas for reception class. Thank you

  5. Anna B
    on 26 January 2010

    Very useful

    Very good info thank you

  6. Fayej
    on 12 January 2010

    Very helpful, thanks!

    I'm passing these ideas on to the NQT in Year R that I'm mentoring. Great ideas, thank you.

    4out of 5