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Free Printables for the Chinese New Year
The Chinese New Year begins on January 31st and there’s still plenty of time to get your decorations in order to celebrate the Year of the Horse with your little one! At our home, we’ll be celebrating a little early this year, by heading to a Japanese Lunar New Year celebration at the Boston Children’s Museum this weekend; Japan also recognizes the Chinese Zodiac associated with the New Year. To celebrate, we’ve been printing out decorations to teach Judah about the Chinese New Year, its traditions, and the symbolism of the Year of the Horse.
Here is my round up of some truly lovely Chinese New Year printables from around the web – all for free!
Gong Xi Fa Cai!
Teach your little one to say Happy New Year in Chinese (“Gong Xi Fa Cai!”) with these free Chinese New Year printables!
Stylish Red Envelopes
One well-known tradition of the Chinese New Year is the giving of monetary gifts in traditional red envelopes. Design is Yay! gives this Chinese New Year tradition a stylish update with these printable red envelopes.
Image courtesy of Wita Puspita
Happy New Year Dragon Cards
Another traditional part of the Chinese New Year is the lucky Dragon Dance, depicted here in this cute Chinese New Year greeting card. Makes a great cover for a Chinese New Year celebration invitation!
Image courtesy Club ChicaCircle
Color and Cut Large Chinese Lanterns
The last day of the fifteen day Chinese New Year Celebration is the Lantern Festival. Celebrate a night of lights with these large, colorful Chinese lanterns with decorative panels your little one can color.
Photo courtesy Marie’s Pastiche
Chinese New Year Paper Lanterns
These easy to make Chinese paper lanterns add a lovely touch to finish off your Chinese New Year celebration and are especially appropriate for the Lantern Festival on the last night of the Chinese New Year celebrations!
Make your own fortune cookies for Chinese New Year and tuck in these printable fortunes, customized for the Year of the Horse! Gina from Kleinworth & Co. even has a tasty, simple recipe tutorial for making fortune cookies of your own!
Image courtesy of Kleinworth & Co.
Year of the Horse Printable Calendar
Celebrate the Year of the Horse throughout the year with this adorable 2014 “Year of the Horse” calendar created by Steph of The Silly Pearl Handmade. This is her third year of making original Chinese New Year-themed printables.
Image courtesy of The Silly Pearl Handmade
Year of the Horse Red Envelopes
The Silly Pearl Handmade joins in the tradition of red envelopes at the Chinese New Year with these printables tailored just for the Year of the Horse!
Image courtesy The Silly Pearl Handmade
Year of the Horse Paper Toy
These printable paper toys make for a really sweet decoration or party favor to add to your Chinese New Year party! While the website is in Japanese, both the printable template and assembly instructions are very simple to follow; this little guy only took me about a half hour to cut out and tape together!
Printable Chinese New Year Bunting
No celebration is complete without a pretty bunting to dress up the walls! Twinkl has you covered with this pretty and educational bunting for Chinese New Year, featuring the many symbols and traditions associated with the holiday.
Image courtesy of Twinkl
Chinese New Year Coloring Pages
Get your crayons out and let your little one go to town with these adorable Chinese New Year coloring pages. Learn about all the traditions of the holiday while giving your little one a fun coloring activity! Choose from 30 different coloring pages!
Sparkly Chinese New Year Red Envelopes
Christine from diy+fyi adds a touch of glamour to traditional Chinese New Year red envelopes with her versatile printable. Print these envelopes on red paper and decorate with a touch of glitter to make these red envelopes really stand out at your Chinese New Year celebration!
Image courtesy diy+fyi
Year of the Horse
2014 is the Year of the Horse. If you have a little one on the way that’s due this year, Horses are said to be popular, energetic, flexible and sometimes a little bit stubborn. This printable makes a sweet addition to be tucked into a baby book to commemorate the Chinese New Year when your baby arrives!
Image via Wikimedia Commons
Printable Chinese Zodiac Wheel
Help teach your little one about all the animals of the Chinese Zodiac with this free printable Chinese Zodiac Wheel!
Printable Red Envelope Template
This simple, elegant red envelope adds a traditional touch to your Chinese New Year celebration.
Chinese Tracing Characters
These printables have a number of components, including Chinese New Year cards. You can customize your Chinese New Year decorations by using Club ChicaCircle’s super helpful Chinese character and saying printable with phrases like Happy New Year, Love, Dream, and Happiness in Chinese characters!
Image courtesy of Club ChicaCircle