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Printable Children’s Activity Sheets for the Chinese Zodiac Year of the Tiger

Adele has been a youth services librarian for 25 years and a mother to a daughter from China for 20 years.

This article has has 6 printable pages that will help children learn about the Year of the Tiger in the Chinese zodiac.

This article has has 6 printable pages that will help children learn about the Year of the Tiger in the Chinese zodiac.

Six Activity Sheets for Year of the Tiger

In this article, you will find six printable pages that will help children learn about the Year of the Tiger.

Below, you will find a link that takes you to a pdf document that contains all the sheets. If you’d just like certain pages, instruct your printer to just print off those pages. After that, I give a brief description of each page and provide you with a picture of what each looks like.

Other Year of the Tiger Crafts & Activities

I also have other articles with links to more activities, including 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.

Here is the link for the Year of the Tiger Activity Sheets. Remember, you can choose one, two, or any combination of the pages by directing your printer to print just those pages. See below for more information on each sheet.

 Year of the Tiger Information Page

Year of the Tiger Information Page

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 that people born in the Year of the Tiger are thought to have and lists some of their recommended careers. It also has a picture of a tiger and a sample of what the word “tiger” looks like in Chinese.

Year of the Tiger Character and Word Page

Year of the Tiger Character and Word Page

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.

Tracing Page, English and Chinese Words for “Tiger”

Tracing Page, English and Chinese Words for “Tiger”

3. Tracing Page, English and Chinese Words for “Tiger”

This sheet provides practice for tracing the two ways of writing the word “tiger.”

Year of the Tiger Drawing Sheet - Children can draw their own picture of a tiger in the square.

Year of the Tiger Drawing Sheet - Children can draw their own picture of a tiger in the square.

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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.

Year of the Tiger  Coloring Page and Word Trace 1

Year of the Tiger Coloring Page and Word Trace 1

5. Coloring Page and Word Trace 1

This sheet has two things that the children can trace to get a sense of 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.

Coloring Page and Word Trace 2

Coloring Page and Word Trace 2

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.

More About 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.

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 as being born in the previous zodiac year, the Year of the Ox.

Here are some recommended occupations for tigers: advertising agent, writer, pilot, chauffeur, musician, and comedian.

Tigers are most compatible with dragons, horses, and pigs—and they often clash with oxen, snakes, and monkeys.

The tiger’s lucky colors are blue, gray, and orange; lucky numbers are 1, 3, and 4. They have lucky flowers, as well: yellow lily and cineraria.

Some Famous People 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

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