Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year, is a time of vibrant celebrations enjoyed by families around the world. In 2024, we're stepping into the Year of the Dragon, and what better way to make this occasion extra special for your little ones than with some fun and creative Lunar New Year crafts and events?
Local Lunar New Year Events:
- February 3rd Lunar New Year at Milpitas Civic Center Plaza
- February 4th Lunar New Year Noisemakers at Ardenwood Farm in Fremont
- February 4th Lunar New Year Celebration at the Block Pacific Commons in Fremont
- February 5th Celebrate Lunar New Year - Mandarin English Music Time for Ages 2-5 at the Newark Library
- February 10th Lunar New Year Parade for All Ages at the Newark Library
- February 10th Year of the Dragon Celebration at Fremont Main Library
- February 10th Dragon Dance at Ardenwood Farm in Fremont
- February 17th Chinese Zodiac Crafts at Ardenwood Farm in Fremont
We've rounded up three easy craft ideas that are not only sure to provide your little ones with a creative outlet, but also give you an opportunity to introduce them to the rich traditions of Lunar New Year.
So, gather a few supplies and get ready to celebrate the Year of the Dragon in style!
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Illuminate your Lunar New Year celebrations with beautiful paper lanterns. These lanterns are not only fun to make but also a fun decoration.
What you need: Red and gold colored paper • Pencil • Ruler • Scissors • Glue or tape • String or ribbon
Directions: Decorate your paper. Fold the paper in half lengthwise. Draw and cut evenly spaced horizontal lines 1 to 2 inches apart, leaving an inch or two at the top and bottom uncut. Unfold the paper and form a tube, securing the edges with glue or tape. Fold down the top and bottom to create open ends and secure them with glue or tape. Add a handle by punching holes on opposite sides of the top edge and threading a string or ribbon through to hang.
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Zodiac animal masks
Each year in the Chinese zodiac cycle is associated with a different animal. This is the Year of the Dragon! Create masks using the theme of the Year of the Dragon and have a mini zodiac parade at home. Use simple materials like construction paper or paper plates, paint, markers, and craft sticks and let kids bring their version of a dragon mask to life.
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Cherry blossom tree art
Cherry blossoms are a symbol of renewal and beauty during Lunar New Year. Create a keepsake cherry blossom tree art piece using paint and your child's fingerprints. It's a lovely way to add a touch of nature to your Lunar New Year decorations.
These three kid-friendly Lunar New Year crafts will not only keep your children entertained, but also help them learn about the rich cultural traditions associated with this festive holiday. Get creative and have a blast celebrating the Year of the Dragon with your little ones. Happy Lunar New Year!