Explore Chinese New Year with creative and fun coloring pages and Chinese dot-to-dot number activities featuring Lexi the Mouse as he journeys through China. Your students will learn about Chinese culture and numbers with our funny and informative activity pages focusing on Chinese New Year (also called the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival).
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Dragon Dance: Teach your students about the Dragon Dance with this playful dot-to-dot Chinese number sheet. The Dragon Dance is an integral part of the Chinese New Year traditions. Every Chinese New Year Parade ends with a Dragon Dance. Chinese dragons are a symbol of China - representing wisdom, power, and wealth. The Dragon Dance is meant to scare away evil spirits and bring in good luck for the New Year. A group of dancers make a long flexible dragon undulate by using poles positioned under the creature.
Kite Flying: Explore Chinese kite flying with this creative coloring page and Chinese dot-to-dot activity page. Kite flying is one of the most popular traditional sports in China. Kite flying season begins with the Chinese New Year when the mild south wind begins to drive away cold air in Beijing and airflow goes up.
Dumplings: Certain dishes are eaten during the Chinese New Year for their symbolic meaning. Dumplings generally consist of minced meat and finely-chopped vegetables wrapped in a thin and elastic dough skin. Dumplings are considered lucky because they are shaped ancient silver and gold ingots.
Fireworks: Enjoy this coloring/Chinese dot-to-dot page about Chinese firecrackers which are launched at midnight and throughout New Year’s Day. Firecrackers with red paper are the most popular. It is believed the noisy fireworks scare away bad luck.
Lanterns: Chinese New Year’s celebrations end with the Lantern Festival — a beautiful and magical spectacle of lanterns. Lanterns of all shapes and sizes are hung outside homes and children carry small lanterns during the Lantern Festival.
Chinese Zodiac: According to Chinese astrology, each year (starting at Chinese New Year) is associated with an animal sign, occurring in a 12-year cycle. The order of the animals is based on a story about a race between the animals where the rat came in first place and therefore starts the zodiac calendar.
Chinese Red Envelopes (hóngbāo) are monetary gifts presented at social and family gatherings during Chinese New Year. The red color of the envelope symbolizes good luck and is supposed to ward off evil spirits.
Included in this pack is an introduction to Chinese numbers and ideas about how you can explore Chinese culture and numbers with your students.