Classroom printables, activities & worksheets
Welcome the 2023 Lunar New Year with your students with a host of classroom-ready worksheets, printables, and activities for kids — created by teachers, for teachers!
Whether you're looking to teach your kindergarten students about this important holiday to broaden their cultural horizons, or you're looking to teach your older elementary students about Lunar New Year as you study world history, we have you covered with printable and digital resources that have undergone a rigorous review by the teachers on our team.
Not familiar with this winter holiday? Our teacher team has put together a quick guide to get you there!
Much of the world celebrates the new year on January 1, but the Lunar New Year does not match the traditional calendar year. Instead, this holiday celebrated by millions of people around the world kicks off at the beginning of a calendar year based on the cycles of the moon — hence the name "lunar" new year.
Because it's based on the moon, the actual date of the Lunar New Year varies from year to year. This year the Lunar New Year will be celebrated on Sunday, January 22, 2023.
This topic is always a hit with young students!
Each year is associated with one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, marks the transition from one animal to the next. That means Lunar New Year in 2023 marks the beginning of the Year of the Rabbit.
Other animals of the zodiac include:
Why not have students look up the year they were born to find out what animal is associated with their birth year?
Your students may tell you that they have heard this holiday referred to as Chinese New Year. No, they didn't mishear! Chinese Americans and people from China celebrate this holiday annually with a special festival, which is why it's often called Chinese New Year.
However, this isn't a holiday that's singular to China. Many people from around East Asia also mark the start of a new year at this time, including people of Japan, Korea, and Vietnam.
Here are some other names for the holiday that you may want to share with your students:
A printable poster of the Korean Zodiac Calendar.
Read, research and learn about the Lunar New Year with this activity book.
Get crafty and create a Year of the Rabbit String puppet with our Lunar New Year craft activity.
Learn all about the Lunar New Year celebration with an instructional slide deck.
Celebrate Lunar New Year with these mindfulness Lunar New Year coloring pages.
Get crafty and teach your students about the Lunar New year with printable zodiac animal New Year's hat templates.
Hone fine motor skills with this tiger-themed cutting activity for Lunar New Year.
Use this fun teaching resource to help your students explore Year of the Tiger in your classroom.
Ring in the ‘Year of the Tiger’ with 2 design options of this string puppet template for Lunar New Year.
A mindful coloring page to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
A Lunar New Year-themed ‘Year of the Ox’ string puppet template.
A Year of the Ox craft activity to help celebrate Lunar New Year!
Learn about the animals of the zodiac calendar in the classroom and make your own Chinese Paper lanterns for Lunar New Year.
A fun template for students to make their own rat puppet.
A Lunar New Year themed 'Year of the Pig' string puppet template.
A tiger face mask for students to decorate.
Print a set of 60 Lunar New Year-related vocabulary cards for a word wall.
Read and learn about the Chinese zodiac animals with a zodiac animal reading passage and a set of 12 matching activity task cards.
A set of posters showing the Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese zodiac calendars.
Learn about the 12 animals of the zodiac calendar with a printable poster of the Vietnamese Zodiac Calendar.
Learn about the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac calendar with a printable Chinese New Year anchor chart/poster.
A Lunar New Year themed 'Year of the Dog' string puppet template.
A cloze activity based on information about the Chinese New Year.
Print a creative Chinese dragon art activity for kids to celebrate Lunar New Year in the classroom.
A poster with information about Chinese New Year.
Use this poster to teach your students about the Chinese Zodiac.
Chinese New Year related vocabulary cards for a word wall.