Chinese New Year Unit Study

Denna had chosen China for her next country to notebook and when we started looking for resources I realized that the Chinese New Year was just a week away!

China and South Korea now both use the Gregorian calendar, but the traditional holidays and festivals still revolve around the lunarsolar calendar. The largest festival of the year happens on the Lunar New Year in both countries.

Today we took all morning and just learned about the Chinese New Year. Tomorrow will be dedicated to Seollal, aka the Korean New Year.

Learn more about the Chinese New Year

ni hao chinese new year episode

We started out the morning by watching Ni Hao Kai Lan – Season 1 Episode 10 is all about Chinese New Year.

reading about china

Next we read about the history and traditions of the celebrations in our China books. We also watching some videos and browsed several websites.

We also learned how to say Happy New Year in Chinese:

新年快乐 Xin Nian Kuai Le

(mandarin – literally “new year happy”)


恭喜发财 Gong Hei Fat Choi

(cantonese – means congratulations and grow wealth)

Free printables to celebrate the Chinese New Year

red envelope year of the horse

We found a lot of fun printables! Denna made the traditional red envelope that is usually filled with money and given to children.

coloring dragon dance page

Gaius was fascinated with the dragon and lion dances and requested a coloring page and craft based on the fun dragons!

2014 is the year of the horse

year of the horse printables

The kids already knew which Chinese zodiac they were  born in, so we discussed how 2014 is the year of the horse. We printed out a calendar for the year to put on our fridge, and made a horse mask and paper model.

Craft ideas for celebrating on January 31st

year of the horse chinese drum

Decorate your house and join in the festivities! We made a drum (with Korean won coins instead of beads), paper lanterns, stick-puppet dragons, masks, and cards in preparation for the festivities next week.

dragon mask

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2 Responses to Learn About Chinese New Year!

  1. SheriQ says:

    Love that others learn about Chinese New Year! Our kiddos were both born in Asia & celebrate lots of their birth country celebrations!

  2. This looks like it was fun! Thanks for linking up at Pintastic Pinteresting Party. I like the printables, by the way 🙂

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