10 Printable Children's Greeting Cards for the Year of the Rat

Updated on November 11, 2019
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Adele has been a youth services librarian for 25 years. She has been a mother to a daughter from China for 20 years.

Printable Greeting Cards for Year of the Rat
Printable Greeting Cards for Year of the Rat

Printable Color Greeting Cards for the Chinese New Year

Following is a collection of quick and easy Year of the Rat greeting cards. These printables provide a fast, simple, and inexpensive way for parents, teachers, and librarians to celebrate the Chinese New Year with kids.

These cards are designed for young children (preschoolers, kindergarteners, or elementary school children). Each child can write a note to a recipient of their choice inside their card. Some of the graphics on the cards are my own designs; other artwork is used under license from iStock or Pixabay. You may use them for personal or classroom purposes. Commercial use is prohibited.

What Do the Cards Say?

Each of these cards includes the Chinese characters 新 年 快 乐 which mean "Happy New Year."

Underneath the Chinese characters is the pinyin Xīn nián kuài lè, a phonetic transliteration that shows how the words are pronounced using the English alphabet. Take a look at this handy site with a chart that shows how pinyin works. What I especially like about this version of the chart is that the site includes audio so that you can actually hear what each letter combination sounds like.

How Can I Print These Greeting Cards?

These greeting cards are all sized for paper that is 8.5" X 11". The link to the documents is included below. Just click on the orange words to get a .pdf document that includes all the designs you see in this article. If you want to print only one page of the templates, be sure to select that page specifically in your printing menu.

Happy New Year Cards (5.5 x 8.5 Inches)

It works best to print these cards out onto 8.5" x 11" card stock, then fold them in half so that the rat picture is on the front.

It helps to score the cards along the fold line first. Take a straight edge ruler and put it flush with the line you want to fold. Then, take a paper clip and run the rounded edge along the line, using the straight edge to guide you. By doing this, you will make the smallest little impression along that line, which will give you a much nicer, crisper fold.

If you would like to see the designs available, click on the thumbnail pictures below to see a larger version of each. Note that the blank space you see on the left will be folded to make the back of the card.

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Blue Rat Card—click on the orange link below to print a .pdf copy.Paper Cut Rat Card—click on the orange link below to print a .pdf copy.Child in Rat Costume Card—click on the orange link below to print a .pdf copy.Rat Card—click on the orange link below to print a .pdf copy.Heart Rat Card—click on the orange link below to print a .pdf copy.Pop-Up Cheese Rat Card—lick on the orange link below to print a .pdf copy.Rat Card with Ears—click on the orange link below to print a .pdf copy.This is a version of the rat-with-ears card that children can color in themselves— click on the orange link below to print a .pdf copy.
Blue Rat Card—click on the orange link below to print a .pdf copy.
Blue Rat Card—click on the orange link below to print a .pdf copy.
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Paper Cut Rat Card—click on the orange link below to print a .pdf copy.
Paper Cut Rat Card—click on the orange link below to print a .pdf copy.
Child in Rat Costume Card—click on the orange link below to print a .pdf copy.
Child in Rat Costume Card—click on the orange link below to print a .pdf copy.
Rat Card—click on the orange link below to print a .pdf copy.
Rat Card—click on the orange link below to print a .pdf copy.
Heart Rat Card—click on the orange link below to print a .pdf copy.
Heart Rat Card—click on the orange link below to print a .pdf copy.
Pop-Up Cheese Rat Card—lick on the orange link below to print a .pdf copy.
Pop-Up Cheese Rat Card—lick on the orange link below to print a .pdf copy.
Rat Card with Ears—click on the orange link below to print a .pdf copy.
Rat Card with Ears—click on the orange link below to print a .pdf copy.
This is a version of the rat-with-ears card that children can color in themselves— click on the orange link below to print a .pdf copy.
This is a version of the rat-with-ears card that children can color in themselves— click on the orange link below to print a .pdf copy.

Link to Documents

Here is the link for the document: Printable Color Cards for Year of the Rat

This link will bring up all the cards in one document. If you just want certain cards, specify the page numbers through your printing menu.

There are two cards that require special assembly: a pop-up card, and one with ears to glue onto the outside of the card. You can see photos of the assembled cards below.

Sample Pop-up Card

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Here is the front of the Year of the Rat pop-up cardHere is the center of the Year of the Rat pop-up cad, once it is assembled.
Here is the front of the Year of the Rat pop-up card
Here is the front of the Year of the Rat pop-up card
Here is the center of the Year of the Rat pop-up cad, once it is assembled.
Here is the center of the Year of the Rat pop-up cad, once it is assembled.

Quick and Easy Greeting Cards

There you have it—I hope you enjoy these easy, inexpensive, and quick Year of the Rat cards you can print out for the Chinese New Year and give to friends and family.

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