The Chinese New Year that began on Feb. 3, 2011. According to the Chinese Lunar Calendar this is the year of the Rabbit. The Chinese celebrate this holiday with plenty of festivities that will last about 2 weeks. This Chinese holiday is associated with many symbols as well as the color red which stands for life and prosperity. Celebrate the Chinese New Year in St. Louis with easy to make kid friendly crafts that represent some of the Chinese New Year symbols.
Flowers –the Plum Blossom, standing for courage and hope and the Water Narcissus that stands for good luck and fortune. Print out a Chinese flower coloring page for the kids to color and then have them fold it into a Chinese fan. Tie a ribbon around the bottom to decorate.
Tangerines and oranges– Tangerines stand for good luck and oranges for wealth in China. Make an orange scented gel air freshener using orange fragrance oil that you can purchase at Michaels or other stores in the St. Louis area that sell craft supplies. Decorate your jar to compliment the holiday.
The word “FOOK” – A lucky Chinese symbol displayed in many homes and stores which means fortune and is usually associated with a red diamond shape. Cut out some diamond shapes from red construction paper. Cut out some printable letters for the word “Fook” and have the kids glue them onto the diamond shape.
The Chinese Zodiac – displaying the twelve animals signs in which each one represents a year in a rotating order. Print out some coloring pages for each of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac and make a coloring book out of them by binding the edges together by punching holes and tying together with red ribbon or yarn. You can make a cover for it also by using one of printables on the page.
Celebrate the Chinese New Year in St. Louis with kids by taking them out to one of the many Chinese restaurants in the St. Louis area.
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