Here are a couple toddler friendly crafts you can do to recognise Chinese New Year.
1) Chinese Lanterns: This is a classic school craft. It didn’t take much to adapt it to a toddler craft. I had C free paint on a piece of red construction paper (red is a significant colour for Chinese New Year). Then I folded it in half and made lines like those shown in the picture. For older kids I have them draw the lines and do the cutting but obviously with C that was my job.
After cutting along the lines, staple the top and bottom together. Staple on a handle as well. And you are done! Well, you could be done or… We don’t have any, but if you do, some horse stickers on it would be a cute addition too.
We hung ours on the end of our curtain rod in the kitchen. It looks great!
2) Handprint Dragon: We were actually just doing some more finger painting when he made these. I looked at them and thought – hey, these could be dragon bodies! So I cut out some dragon heads, added some legs and a tail and presto!