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

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

Here are the six printable Year of the Rabbit sheets you can get in this article,

Here are the six printable Year of the Rabbit sheets you can get in this article,

What Is the Year of the Rabbit?

The Rabbit is the 4th animal in the order of the Chinese zodiac, and every 12th year is named for this gentle, sensitive animal. Here is the order of the animals in the Chinese zodiac: rat, ox, rabbit, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.

People born in the year of the rabbit are thought to be kind-hearted, loyal, and intelligent. They are elegant and frank and make good friends. Sometimes they find it hard to relate to others and try to escape into a fantasy world.

6 Printable Activities for the Year of the Rabbit

Children can learn about the Year of the Rabbit with these six printable pages. This pdf document contains all the sheets.

Below, I have described more about each activity and included a photo of each sheet.

Want More Year of the Rabbit Activities?

Check out Year of the Rabbit Crafts and Year of the Rabbit Coloring Pages. For even more, including coloring pages, bookmarks and lucky red envelopes, just search the internet for “Adele Jeunette” and “Year of the Rabbit,” and you will be able to find all of the articles I’ve published.

Year of the Rabbit information page

Year of the Rabbit information page

1. Year of the Rabbit Information Page

This page tells which years are named for the Rabbit. It names many of the characteristics people born in the Year of the Rabbit and lists some recommended careers. It also has a picture of a cut paper folk art rabbit and a picture of what the word “rabbit” looks like in Chinese.

Year of the Rabbit character and word page

Year of the Rabbit character and word page

2. Character and Word Page

This page simply has the word “rabbit” written several times in both English and Chinese. You can print this page and then cut the characters apart. You can then paste them onto drawings or pictures.

Tracing Page, English and Chinese Words for “Rabbit”

Tracing Page, English and Chinese Words for “Rabbit”

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

This sheet provides practice for tracing the ways of writing the word “rabbit” in Chinese and English.

Year of the Rabbit drawing sheet

Year of the Rabbit drawing sheet

4. Year of the Rabbit Drawing Sheet

This page includes the phrase “Happy New Year!” in English at the top and in Chinese at the bottom. The Chinese words that you see spelled out use a spelling system called pinyin. This system was developed to show us how the Chinese characters are pronounced. You can hear how to pronounce the phrase in this Happy New Year in Mandarin video.

I’ve included the blank square in the center of the page so that children can draw their own picture of a rabbit to color.

Year of the Rabbit coloring page and word trace #1

Year of the Rabbit coloring page and word trace #1

5. Coloring Page and Word Trace 1

This sheet has two things children can trace to understand how the words in the two languages are constructed. The Chinese character for “rabbit” is on the right-hand side. The letters for “rabbit” are written at the bottom in English. Once children have traced these letters, they can try their hand at writing the word “rabbit” at the bottom.

Coloring page and word trace #2

Coloring page and word trace #2

6. Coloring Page and Word Trace 2

Like the one before it, this sheet also has a picture of a rabbit to color, along with the word “rabbit” to trace in Chinese and English.

Facts About the Year of the Rabbit

People born in the Year of the Rabbit are said to be, quick, and vigilant – as you would expect from an animal like the rabbit. They are quiet, gentle, and have a reputation for being approachable to others. They are also witty and ingenious, being very quick-minded. They have a patient and polite side and tend to be well-liked by others. Sometimes they’re shy and want to escape into a fantasy world, but they always remain faithful to friends and family.

  • Those years which are called the Year of the Rabbit include 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, and 2023. Since zodiac years are calculated according to the lunar calendar, the date of the first day of the new year changes each year. For example, a baby born in 2023 but before January 22 is still counted as being born in the previous zodiac year, the Year of the Rabbit.
  • Each animal has a list of recommended occupations. Here are the ones for Rabbits: judge, architect, musician, gardener, artist, teacher, and police officer.
  • The Chinese also designate each cycle with 5 different elements: water, gold, wood, fire, and earth. Using this system, 2023, is the year of the Water Rabbit. According to traditional Chinese lore, Water Rabbits are easygoing and adaptable.
  • Rabbits are most compatible with Pigs, Dogs, Monkeys, and Sheep. But, they are not a good match for Snakes or Roosters.
  • Each animal has a list of lucky colors. Rabbits’ colors are red, blue, pink, and purple. Their lucky numbers are 9, 3, and 4. And each Rabbit also has lucky flowers : plantain lily, snap dragon, and nerve plant.
  • The animals that come before the rabbits in the zodiac cycle are the rat, the ox, and the rabbit. The animals that come after them in the zodiac cycle are dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.

Famous People Born in the Year of the Rabbit

  • Jeff Bezos
  • Sally Ride
  • Michelle Obama
  • Albert Einstein
  • Michael Jordan
  • David Beckham
  • Queen Victoria
  • Coretta Scott King

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