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Lunar New Year Craft Activity - Year of the Pig

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If you’re looking for a fantastic Lunar New Year craft activity, you’ve come to the right place! Our Year of the Pig Puppet Craft will be a huge hit with your students. It’s just one of the many awesome teaching tools available in our Lunar New Year Resource Collection.

Lots of Australians observe Lunar New Year, which is celebrated on the first day of the lunisolar calendar. It originated in East Asian countries including China, Thailand, Korea and Vietnam.

This year, Lunar New Year is on February 5.

 

What’s Lunar New Year All About?

You might wish to introduce your Lunar New Year craft activity by showing your students this short video clip explaining the history of the occasion – featuring puppets!

As always, please preview the clip to assess whether it’s suitable for your students.

We also have this great 21 slide editable PowerPoint presentation about East Asian Lunar New Year celebrations and traditions:

Free Lunar New Year Craft Activities for Kids Chinese New Year Students Year of the Pig

The Year of the Pig Craft Activity

Our Year of the Pig String Puppet Template is the latest addition to our fantastic Lunar New Year Resource Collection! Your students will love creating this happy little pig whilst learning about the Zodiac animal of the moment!

What You’ll Need

Your students will need the following supplies to complete the Year of the Pig String Puppet Template:

Lunar New Year Craft Activity Differentiation

This Lunar New Year craft activity can be used across all primary year levels. Instructions are printed on the template itself, but you may also wish to show your class the video above before beginning.

I would suggest having very young students use tape instead of split pins to attach the pig’s body parts – it’s considered very bad luck to jab yourself with a sharp object on Lunar New Year! Also, for little ones, printing the pre-decorated version on coloured paper may help them focus on the fine motor skill of cutting.

Lower primary children will enjoy the mindfulness associated with colouring the decorated version of the pig template, with it’s intricate, swirly design.

For older students, download the un-decorated puppet template, and have them design a beautiful pattern on the pig prior to cutting!

Free Lunar New Year Craft Activities for Kids Chinese New Year Students Year of the Pig

You could even ask your upper primary students to research the traits of the Zodiac pig and script a short puppet play starring it. In China, marionette puppets similar to this one have been used to pass down traditional stories for thousands of years! They can research the pig’s Zodiac tale online.

Learning About Lunar New Year

Free Lunar New Year Craft Activities for Kids Chinese New Year Students Year of the Pig

If your kids enjoyed this Lunar New Year craft activity, they’ll probably be intrigued and ready to learn more about this culturally rich East Asian tradition!

Here are some fabulous activities to support your teaching about Lunar New Year:

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Lunar New Year Word Wall Vocabulary

Fifty-eight Lunar New Year related vocabulary cards for a word wall.

Teach Starter Publishing2 pagesYears: 2 - 7Customisable
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Lunar New Year PowerPoint

A 21 slide editable PowerPoint presentation about East Asian Lunar New Year celebrations and traditions.

Teach Starter Publishing21 pagesYears: 4 - 6
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Chinese New Year Poster - Information

A poster with information about Chinese New Year.

Teach Starter Publishing1 pageYears: 3 - 6
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Chinese Zodiac Poster

Use this poster to teach your students about the Chinese Zodiac.

Teach Starter Publishing3 pagesYears: 5 - 7

We wish you a happy, prosperous and fun Lunar New Year! Don’t forget to #teachstarter on Instagram to share your students’ wonderful work!

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