Chinese New year

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To introduce the Chinese New Year and make fun objects


Lantern templates, dragon card templates, colouring activity sheets, pencils, pens, scissors, ribbon and staples.

Projector or print out if using slides


Begin making the lanterns as explained, helping with the stapling, if time progress to the cards.

Can play this game if time. Catch The Dragon's Tail
This traditional Chinese game is great fun for the playground. You will need a large group of children - at least 10, but the more the merrier!

The children all form a line with their hands on the shoulders of the child in front. The first in line is the dragon's head, the last in line is the dragon's tail.

The dragon's head then tries to catch the tail by manoeuvring the line around so that he can tag the last player. All the players in the middle do their best to hinder the dragon's head. Don't let the line break!

When the head catches the tail, the tail player takes the front position and becomes the new dragon's head. All the other players move back one position.

EDIT: slides added (courtesy of my colleague Fanran Meng) that describe the Lunar New Year and how it is celebrated.


  • Chinese New Year
  • colouring
  • cutting out
  • Dragon cards
  • fun
  • global
  • lanterns
  • learning
  • Making things
  • themes

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