All Things Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is right around the corner (February 8th!). Here are a few ideas to celebrate and learn with your class! 

Chinese New Year resources, activities, app suggestions, literacy stations, book suggestions, and chopstick ideas!

You can do this with Google Earth, or Google's new app, Streetview on a device. Both of these apps will allow you and your students to take a virtual field trip to walk the streets of China and explore without ever having to leave your classroom. Bonus if you have Cardboard

DIY Chinese New year lanterns art project

Check out THIS blog post for a quick How-To to make these beautiful and festive lanterns that will add a pop of color to your classroom and bring you good luck! 

These are available in my TpT store and add a little bit of festive fun to your literacy stations! It's on sale for $2.00! 

Chinese New Year literacy activities

You can download the ABC order center FREEBIE from this pack HERE

Children's book Chopsticks
This is a wonderful book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal all about two chopsticks that are best friends. You'll love this book and the illustrations, and so will your students! You can find it on Amazon HERE

HERE'S a great video from Wonderopolis to help get you started! We used our chopsticks to practice picking up uncooked noodles. Then we incorporated them into our word work stations to pick up letters to make words. Then we took them to lunch and tried to eat our lunches with them. (Note: Peanut butter & jelly sandwiches are not easy to eat with chopsticks.) 

How do you celebrate Chinese New Year with your students!? I would love to hear from you! 


  1. Cute Sandy - looks like lots of fun, hands on activities!

  2. In my class, I read Ruby's Wish by Shirin Yim. We read nonfiction articles about China and locate the country on a world map. My students love to find out what animal they are based on the year the were born in the Chinese zodiac.

  3. We look up the animal year we were born in and write whether or not that fortune fits us. One year we made jointed dragons for a mini dragon dance. Love your compilation of ideas! tokyoshoes at hotmail dot com

  4. Thanks for these great ideas! I never thought of teaching the students to use chopsticks. We have plenty of Chinese restaurants around here, so they will have a chance to use them. I'll ask my librarian to get the book for our library. We have a few Chinese families in our school and they taught us to say "Happy New Year" in Mandarin. We also figure out which animal year we were born in.