Adele has been a youth services librarian for 25 years and a mother to a daughter from China for 20 years.
What Is the Year of the Tiger?
The Year of the Tiger is the 3rd animal in the order of the Chinese zodiac, and every 12th year is named for this brave, strong animal. The years of the zodiac go in this order: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.
People born in the year of the tiger are thought to be brave, confident, and charming. They are bold and authoritative and make good leaders. They do have some personality drawbacks, as well. At times they can seem too impetuous and condescending.
Year of the Tiger Basics
- Recommended occupations: advertising agent, writer, pilot, chauffeur, musician, and comedian.
- Lucky colors: blue, gray, and orange
- Lucky flowers: yellow lily and cineraria
Tiger Years and Compatibility
Here are the years designated as Years of the Tiger: 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022, and 2034. Keep in mind that because these years are calculated according to a lunar calendar, the first day of the new year changes each year. For instance, if a baby born in 2022 was born before February 1st, that child is still considered to be born in the previous zodiac year, the Year of the Ox.
Tigers are most compatible with dragons, horses, and pigs—and they often clash with oxen, snakes, and monkeys.
Celebrities Born in the Year of the Tiger
- Tom Cruise
- Leonardo DiCaprio
- Lady Gaga
- Queen Elizabeth II
- Jonas Salk
- John Steinbeck
- Stevie Wonder
- Tenzing Norgay
- Usain Bolt
6 Printable Activities for the Year of the Tiger
Help children learn about the Year of the Tiger with these six printable pages. This pdf document contains all the sheets. Below, you can find out more about each activity with a photo and a brief description.
Note: Just want a certain page? You can select individual page numbers or ranges under printing preferences.
Want More Year of the Tiger Activities?
Check out Year of the Tiger Lanterns and Year of the Tiger Coloring Pages. For even more, including bookmarks and lucky red envelopes, just search the internet for “Adele Jeunette” and “Year of the Tiger,” and you should find all of the articles I’ve published.
1. Year of the Tiger Information Page
This page tells which years are named for the Tiger and which animals the Chinese chose to represent the years. It names some of the characteristics people born in the Year of the Tiger are thought to have and lists some recommended careers. It also has a picture of a tiger and a sample of what the word “tiger” looks like in Chinese.
2. Character and Word Page
This page simply has the word “tiger” written several times in both English and Chinese. You can print the page and then cut the characters apart to have the words that you can then paste onto drawings or pictures.
3. Tracing Page, English and Chinese Words for “Tiger”
This sheet provides practice for tracing the two ways of writing the word “tiger.” Children can draw their own picture of a tiger in the square.
4. Year of the Tiger Drawing Sheet
This page includes the phrase “Happy New Year!” in English and Chinese. The Chinese words that you see spelled out use a system called pinyin. This system was developed to show us how the Chinese characters are pronounced. You can hear how to pronounce it in this Happy New Year in Mandarin video.
I’ve included the blank square in the center so that children can draw their own picture of a tiger to color.
5. Coloring Page and Word Trace 1
This sheet has two things children can trace to understand how the words are constructed. The character for “tiger” in Chinese is on the right-hand side. The letters for “tiger” occur at the bottom. Once the child has traced the letters, they can try their hand at writing the word “tiger” at the bottom.
6. Coloring Page and Word Trace 2
This sheet also has a picture of a tiger to color, along with the word “tiger” in Chinese and English to trace.
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