Chinese New Year Zodiac Crafts Guide

February 01, 2019

Get crafting with your little one(s) with these cute zodiac-themed crafts. By using crafts, spark their joy in learning Mandarin by telling them more about Chinese New Year traditions and customs.

Here are some tips on how to spark their interest:

  • During the Hong Pao Pig craft activity, narrate to them the story of “12 Chinese Zodiac Animals” and let them know that the coming year is the “Year of The Pig”.
  • While doing the Dragon Prop craft, recount how the Chinese believe that performing the dragon dance during festive occasions ushers in good luck and good fortune.

Hong Pao Pig Craft Activity (红包小猪):

Materials:
  • 23 Red Packets
  • Red Paper
  • Double-Sided Tape
  • Craft Glue
  • Googly Eyes
  • Scissors
材料:
  • 23 红包封
  • 红色纸
  • 双面胶纸
  • 万能胶水
  • 活动眼睛
  • 剪刀
Steps (步骤):

1.  Fold a red packet into half.
     将红包封对折。

2. Mark 2-cm from the edge of both sides with a dot before connecting it with the upper two corners. After that,
     fold inward along the line. Repeat the step for another 11 more red packets.

    在中线上距离左边和右边各两厘米处画一个点,然后分别与上面两个角连线,再沿线向内折。以同样的方法做十
    一个。

3. Use a stapler to staple six folded red packets side-by-side.
    用订书机将六个折好的红包相连。

4. Use a stapler to staple the six folded red packets into a circle. Do the same for the other six folded red packets. You will have two circles.
    用订书机将六个折好的红包相连成丘形圆圈,共两个。

5. Cut out the measurements on the red paper as shown in the picture, before inserting it into a red packet. Repeat
     the same step for 6 red packets.

    剪出如图所示尺寸的红纸,并放入红包封中,共完成六个。

6. Connect the six red packets with scotch tape to form a circle.
    用透明胶带将六个红包相连,形成一个圆圈。

7. Insert the front and back of the circle into the two circles made in step 4 and glue them together.
   将圆圈的前和后部分别塞入两个丘形圆圈中,并涂上胶水固定。

8. Use a red paper to cut a circle that corresponds to the size of the two circles and paste it on it. Then use black
     paper to cut out two small circles to make the pig’s nose.

    用红纸剪出和丘形圆圈大小相应的圆形红纸,并粘贴在上面。再用黑色纸剪出两个小圆形做小猪鼻子。

9. Cut out a heart shape with the red paper, cut a notch underneath and glue the gap to form a concave shape to
     make the pig’s ear. After gluing the ears, affix the googly eyes in front of the ears.

    用红纸剪出心形,在下方剪一个缺口,用胶水把缺口粘贴,形成凹形,做出小猪的耳朵。将耳朵粘好后,在耳朵
    前粘上活动眼睛。

10. Tear a strip of red packet before curling it with a pen to make the pig’s tail curl. Then, stick it on the round red
       paper at the back of the pig’s body.

      将红包纸折成长条状,并用笔卷成弯曲状做出小猪尾巴,粘贴在圆形红纸上。


11. Roll 4 red packets into cylinders and fold the centre to make the pig’s legs. Use glue to affix the legs to the rest
      of the pig’s body.

       将红包封卷成圆筒,从中间向内折,做出小猪的腿。用胶水将其粘在小猪的身体上。

12. The red packet pig is completed.
       红包小猪完成了。

 

Dragon Prop Craft Activity (舞龙道具)

Materials:
  • Rectangular Boxes
  • Coloured Paper
  • White Paper
  • Googly Eyes
  • Marker
  • All Purpose Glue
  • Double-Sided Tape
  • Scissors
  • Penknife
  • 1 Pair Of Disposable Chopsticks
材料:
  • 长方形纸盒
  • 彩色纸
  • 白纸
  • 活动眼睛
  • 马克笔
  • 固体胶
  • 双面胶
  • 剪刀
  • 美工刀
  • 一次性筷子
Steps (步骤):

1. Wrap the rectangular boxes in red paper.
    将纸盒用红色的纸包起来。

2. Use a penknife to cut on opposite sides of the red boxes.
    用美工刀在纸盒相对的两个侧面切开。

3. Align the cut points and glue a piece of white paper.
    对齐切开的点,粘上一条白纸。

4. Cut a zigzag shape starting from the middle section of the white portion. This forms the teeth.
    将白纸从中间部份切开,成锯齿状,变成牙齿。

5. Cut out a semi heart-shaped red paper with a rectangle below. Stick the googly eyes on it and then stick it on the
     red box that is on top. Next, draw 2 black circles as nostrils.

     剪好一个带柄的心形,粘上活动眼睛,画好鼻孔。

6. Use orange, red and yellow paper to cut out the ears in large, medium and small sizes, then glue them together.
     After which, glue the dragon’s ears on both sides of the head.

    用橙色、红色、黄色的纸剪出大、中、小三种耳朵的图形,将之组合,粘贴在龙头两旁,变成耳朵。

7. Cut the colored paper into 3-cm wide strips and fold the paper into a long strip in an overlapping manner.
    将彩色纸剪成三厘米宽的长条,以重叠的方式将纸折成一长条状。

8. Use red, orange and yellow paper to cut the dragon’s tail in small, medium and large sizes (as shown above).
    Glue them together and punch a hole in the lower part to form the tail.

    用红、黄、橙色纸剪出大、中、小三组尾巴的图形,将之粘贴,组成尾巴,然后在下部打孔。

9. Glue the body and tail together.
    将身体、尾巴粘上。

10. Glue the disposable chopsticks under the dragon’s head and the tail of the dragon. Your DIY dragon is now
       complete.

       在龙头下方和龙尾部,粘上竹筷,舞龙道具就完成了。