Adele has been a youth services librarian for 25 years and a mother to a daughter from China for 20 years.
Here is a quick and easy Chinese New Year craft that you can do with your family at home. All you need is paper and a printer to make these greeting cards that you can color and decorate to give to friends and family.
Following is a collection of 15 quick and easy Year of the Ox greeting cards that you can print out on a regular-sized (8.5 by 11 inch) piece of paper or card stock. These printable templates are a fast and simple way for parents, teachers, and librarians to lead a multicultural Chinese New Year craft activity with a group at school or at home.
The patterns are designed for young children (preschoolers, kindergarteners, and elementary school children) to color. Some of the graphics are my own designs, while others are under license from iStock or from Pixabay. You are welcome to use them for personal or classroom purposes. Commercial use is prohibited.
If you would like to see even more articles with printable Year of the Ox craft projects that I've designed, search the internet for "Adele Jeunette" and "Year of the Ox."
What the Cards Say
Each of these cards includes the Chinese characters for "Happy New Year." Underneath those characters is the pinyin transliteration, which indicates how the phrase is pronounced. For a video that teaches viewers how to pronounce Xīn nián kuài lè, which means "Happy New Year," follow this link: "Learn How to Say 'Happy New Year in Chinese"
The pinyin alphabet is a way to show how the words are pronounced using the English alphabet. Here is a handy site with a chart that shows how pinyin works. What I especially like is that the site includes audio so that you can actually hear what each letter combination sounds like.
Happy Year of the Ox Cards (5.5 x 8.5 Inches)
You can print these cards out onto 8.5" x 11" card stock or regular paper, and then fold them in half so that the ox picture is in the front.
The cards are easier to fold if you score them first. Take a straight edge and put it flush with the line you want to fold. Then, you can take a paper clip and run the rounded edge along the line, using the straight edge to guide you. You will make the smallest little impression along that line, but it really gives you a much nicer, crisper fold.
If you would like to see the pictures of the templates that are available, click on the thumbnail pictures below to see a larger version of each.
Below the photos you will find a link for the templates.
Year of the Ox Card Templates (5.5 x 8.5 Inches)
- Link for 5.5 by 8.5 Year of the Ox Cards
Here you will find nine templates to print and color. One of the templates has a blank space in the center. See below for a sample card in which a child has drawn a picture on white paper and pasted it into the center rectangle.
Finished Card Examples
Links for Making the Origami Figures Shown Above
- Origami Bull Face Folding Instructions: Origami Animals Instructions
This one is called "origami bull face," but it works as an ox as well. It is quite simple to do.
- Origami Ox Face
This one is a little bit rounder and friendlier looking. It is also a little bit more difficult, but it's still relatively easy as far as origami goes.
Happy Year of the Ox Cards (8.5 x 5.5 Inches)
You can print these out onto 8.5" x 11" card stock or regular paper, then fold them in half so that the 2021 picture is in the front. If you would like to see the templates that are available, click on the thumbnail pictures below to see a larger version of each. Below the photos, you will find a link that will take you to the templates. You can print out as many or as few designs as you like.
Year of the Ox Card Template (8.5 x 5.5 inches)
- Link for 8.5 by 5.5 Year of the Ox Card Templates
Here you will find six templates to print and color, each with the year "2021" on the front. One has a blank space in the center where children can draw their own picture or paste one they have cut out. See below for sample cards that have been made.
Examples of Finished Cards
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