Kid Crafts for Year of the Rooster: Chinese New Year Art Projects and Printables

Updated on December 1, 2016
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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 Crafts for Year of the Rooster
Printable Crafts for Year of the Rooster

The Year of the Rooster

The rooster is the 10th animal in the Chinese Zodiac, and the new year (which starts in much of Asia on January 28, 2017) heralds the start of the year named for this hardworking and talented, but sometimes preening and boastful animal.

People who are born in the Year of the Rooster are said to be courageous, talkative, and confident. They also have a reputation for being flashy dressers and low on energy in the evening, mirroring their animal counterparts. The recommended occupations for roosters are things that rely on impressing people: TV personalities, salespersons, athletes, etc.

How to Use These Images

All of the artwork here is free for you to print for personal and educational use. Commercial use is prohibited. The shape roosters and hand-drawn roosters are my own art; other artwork is under license from istock.com

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

Rooster Patterns

These patterns are the basis for all the craft projects that are linked to this site. I've included patterns that you can color and cut out, as well as patterns that are already assembled.

You can use these roosters to decorate almost anything you can attach them to: gift bags, boxes, craft sticks, etc. If you click on some of the subsequent sites, you can find printable templates already made for things like greeting cards, bookmarks, and lanterns.

You can also cut the designs from paper or felt, attach a hanger, and use them as ornaments.

Here are some of the types of designs and patterns you will find on the following link.
Here are some of the types of designs and patterns you will find on the following link.

Happy New Year Cards

These cards are formatted so that you can print them out on card stock and then fold the blank half back. The first part of the site has templates that fold into cards that are 8.5"h X 5.5"w. The second part has cards that are 5.5"h X 8.5"w. I have included the phrase "Happy New Year" written in English and Chinese characters. I've also included the pinyin, which is a method of indicating the sounds of the spoken Chinese using our English alphabet.

Here are some of the designs for greeting cards. Some of them are already assembled, and some of them can be printed and colored.
Here are some of the designs for greeting cards. Some of them are already assembled, and some of them can be printed and colored.

Coloring Pages

One of the easiest projects to do for the little ones in to print out pages for them to color. They can practice their fine motor skills and learn about the different colors.

From these pages, they can also learn the English and Chinese words for "Happy New Year." Some of them also contain the Chinese character for "rooster."

Half of these templates are portrait orientation and half are landscape.

Here are some of the coloring pages that are available at the following link.
Here are some of the coloring pages that are available at the following link.

Bookmarks

You can print out these bookmarks and give them to children to make for relatives and friends.

There are a couple of types of bookmarks here. The first type has all the artwork included within the bookmark. All you need to do is print, color (if desired), and cut along the dotted lines.

The other type has a blank space at the top which allows you to glue some sort of decoration there. There are a number of rooster designs on the site which you can use, or the children can draw their own rooster, cut it out, and affix it to the top.

You will find patterns for two different New Year's phrases. Some say "Xin nian kuai le," which translates to "Happy new year." Others say "Gong xi fa cai" which roughly translates to "Prosperous new year."


Here are some examples of the bookmarks and toppers, along with sample projects which have been cut, colored, and assembled.
Here are some examples of the bookmarks and toppers, along with sample projects which have been cut, colored, and assembled.

Lanterns

Some of these samples are made to look like lanterns, rather than being a true paper lanterns. I've found that the easiest way to get the lantern effect is to print out a lantern pattern, color it, and then accordion-fold it, the way paper lanterns are folded. You have a somewhat 3-dimensional facsimile of a paper lantern.

There are also some patterns for paper lanterns that you can fold and cut to make a rounded globe.

And, there is a template for a pattern that you can use to make a rooster face on a round, white paper lantern that you can purchase.


Here is a sampling of the lantern designs you can use.
Here is a sampling of the lantern designs you can use.

Ornaments and Decorations

Here are some patterns that you can use to make circular ornaments or decorations. You can print them on white paper and color them in, or you can print them on red paper. Just cut them out, punch a hole in the top, and hang them from a tree, a curtain rod, or anywhere you'd like to decorate.

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