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Printable Rooster Templates: Kid Crafts for Chinese New Year

Updated on February 03, 2017
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Adele has been a youth services librarian for 20 years. She has been mother to a daughter from China for 17 years.

Printable Rooster Templates: Crafts for the Year of the Rooster
Printable Rooster Templates: Crafts for the Year of the Rooster

Easy Printable Craft Projects for the Year of the Rooster

Here are some quick craft ideas for the Year of the Rooster in the Chinese New Year zodiac cycle.

The roosters here use simple shapes that will be of use to teachers, parents, and librarians who are putting together craft programs for preschoolers or elementary school children.

They include printable templates that kids can color, cut out, and assemble.

All of the artwork here was created by me, and you have permission to print any of these for personal and educational use. Commercial use is prohibited.

How to Use These Templates for Chinese New Year Craft Projects

The images are all loaded as jpegs, which means you can click on them, and then right click to copy them and paste them into a program like Word or Publisher. That way, you can enlarge or minimize the image as you'd like.

Additional Craft Projects That Use These Templates

I have another article with even more projects that will use these templates. You can find printable patterns for greeting cards, bookmarks, lanterns, and coloring pages.

Shapes Rooster Pattern to Print

These shape roosters are the building blocks you can use to make several other quick and easy Year of the Rooster projects.


Color rooster using common shapes
Color rooster using common shapes

Shapes Rooster to Print and Color

Black and white rooster
Black and white rooster
Shapes rooster template
Shapes rooster template

Printable Template for Felt Ornament Rooster

Shape rooster template to use for cutting out individual tail feathers from paper or felt
Shape rooster template to use for cutting out individual tail feathers from paper or felt
Shapes rooster cut from felt
Shapes rooster cut from felt
Shape rooster template
Shape rooster template
Shapes rooster--real feathers added
Shapes rooster--real feathers added

Shape Rooster in Oval to Print

This rooster has been placed in a black oval to make him easier to color and cut out. You can use him in a variety of crafts from a puppet (tape him to a popsicle stick) to a bookmark to a greeting card.

Shape rooster in oval
Shape rooster in oval

Circle and Heart Shapes Pattern

Here is another rooster made with hearts for the tail and comb. You will also find the following templates for him:

  • Black and white, if you want the kids to color him themselves
  • One that you can use to cut out the shapes in colored paper or felt

Shape rooster with hearts in color
Shape rooster with hearts in color
Heart shape rooster to color
Heart shape rooster to color
Shapes rooster with hearts template
Shapes rooster with hearts template

Rooster Head Pattern

Here's an even simpler pattern for children to color and cut out. You can talk about ovals, triangles, and hearts while they are assembling the roosters. These work especially well for puppets or to place in a greeting card in the place of the 0 in the year 2017.

Printable Rooster Head Template--Large

Large rooster head shapes template
Large rooster head shapes template

Printable Rooster Head Template--Small

Small rooster head template
Small rooster head template

Half-Circle Roosters to Print

These roosters use a half-circle base to make a charming little rooster. Use yarn or string to make the legs and attach to the feet.

Half circle rooster to decorate
Half circle rooster to decorate
Half-circle rooster template
Half-circle rooster template

Half-Circle Rooster Paper Plate Template

If you've worked with preschool or elementary children for a while, you know that any time you see a circle, you can use a paper plate, and so, accordingly, here is a pattern you can print, cut out and attach to a folded paper plate that the children can then decorate.

Paper plate template for rooster
Paper plate template for rooster

Half-Circle Rooster Pattern to Print and Color Your Own Design

Most of the fun of these whimsical roosters is creating your own design. Here is a template you can use that give a little guidance but lets you fill in your own design--from doodles to zentangles.

Rooster to decorate
Rooster to decorate

Half-Circle Roosters with Designs Inspired by Papercuts and Embroidery

Traditional Chinese folk arts include some wonderful designs in fine papercuts and also in embroidered items. Just do an Internet search for "Chinese rooster," and you'll see many of the dots, swirls, and circles that are used in the following printable templates.

Doodled rooster
Doodled rooster
Rooster design
Rooster design

Half-Circle Rooster in Color

Here is one way to color this little rooster. I did it in Photoshop, but you could also get out the markers or colored pencils.

Colored rooster
Colored rooster
Scallops and dots design
Scallops and dots design
Feathers and swirls design
Feathers and swirls design

Assembled Half-Circle Roosters to Print

In case you don't want to cut out and assemble the roosters, here are some that you can just print and color.

Ways to Use These Printable Patterns

You can use these shape roosters for all sorts of crafts--bookmarks, lanterns, ornaments, and greeting cards--to name a few. Check back later because I might have added even more.

© 2016 Adele Jeunette

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