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Celebrate in style this Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year will begin on February 16th and it’s the year of the dog, which is said to symbolise loyalty and honesty.

Why not use this event to teach your class about Chinese culture and where the New Year tradition comes from? To help, we have a choice of craft inspiration to get your students involved!

1. It wouldn’t be Chinese New Year without a lantern. Create a hanging display with these paper lanterns from Little Heart Big Love.

2. To celebrate the new year, it’s often tradition for elders to give gifts of money to children in a red envelope as a sign of luck. Try your hand at making your own with a step-by-step guide from Activity Village.

3. Have a go at making a traditional Chinese fan from a paper plate like this one from the Pinterested Parent.

4. Create a fiery display with a cupcake case dragon by I heart crafty things.

5. Get students to write their own fortunes for the year and place them in an origami fortune cookie from Unsophisticook. At the end of the day, let each student pick one.

6. As it’s the year of the dog, try creating this cardboard spring pooch from Mess for Less.

7. Add a paw-some touch to reading books with a dog bookmark from Red Ted Art.

How will you be celebrating the Chinese New Year?