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Printable Coloring Pages for "Year of the Pig": Kid Crafts for Chinese New Year

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

Printable Coloring Sheets for Year of the Pig: Kid Crafts for Chinese New Year

Printable Coloring Sheets for Year of the Pig: Kid Crafts for Chinese New Year

Year of the Pig Coloring Pages to Print

I’ve designed these printable Year of the Pig coloring sheets for young children. These pages are suitable for preschoolers, kindergartners, and elementary school kids.

At the top of this article, you can find coloring sheets with landscape (sideways) orientation. Then, towards the end of the article, you can find coloring sheets with portrait orientation (lengthwise). Some of the pigs are my own designs; the other artwork I purchased under license from You are allowed to print them for personal, classroom, or library use. No commercial use is allowed.

The Chinese character in the lantern is the character for "Pig." The Chinese phrases say, "Happy New Year!" You will see the pinyin—that system that uses our letters to indicate how the words are pronounced—and the same phrase using the Chinese characters. For more craft ideas, see Easy Printable Projects for Year of the Pig.

How to Print Out These Coloring Sheets

These coloring pages are all sized for 8.5" x 11" paper. At the end of each section, I include a link to a .pdf document that includes the templates for all the sheets pictured in that section. The first section has all the documents in landscape orientation, and the second has all those in portrait orientation. If you just want one page of the templates, set your printer up to do just that one page.

If you would like to print some sheets in Spanish, you can find them at the end of each document.

Landscape Orientation: Year of the Pig Coloring Sheets

The first 10 coloring sheets are in landscape orientation. The link for them is listed at the bottom of this section. If you need portrait orientation coloring pages, you’ll want to scroll down about halfway through the site.

Coloring Sheets With Characters to Trace

The following sheets allow children to trace the character for "pig" in Chinese. They can use a crayon or pencil to follow the light gray lines of the character.

Portrait Orientation Coloring Pages for Year of the Pig

The following five pages are portrait orientation (lengthwise). If you want landscape orientation coloring sheets, go ahead and scroll back up to the start of the article.

It is probably worth repeating that all of these coloring pages are loaded into this article as photos—as jpegs—and you will need to right-click on the photo to copy it. Then, you can paste it into any program you like that will allow you to print it. I like to use Powerpoint, but you can also use a word-processing or publishing program.

I make a slide that is 8.5 x 11 inches, then paste the photo I've copied into the slide. You can "grab" the photo by the corner and pull it to make the picture larger or smaller. Feel free to copy for home, library, and educational use. Selling these sheets is prohibited.

Draw Your Own Pig

Here is a blank template that allows children to draw their own pig in the center square.

Año del Cerdo/Año Nuevo Chino: Direcciones en Español

Aquí están algunas páginas para colorear para que usted imprima de forma gratuita. Los enlaces para las hojas están arriba, ya sea bajo orientación vertical u horizontal. ¡ Espero que les guste usar estas páginas para el año del cerdo! ¡ Feliz Año Nuevo Chino! Los enlaces para las hojas están arriba, ya sea bajo orientación vertical u horizontal.

The Year of the Pig

The pig is the 12th animal in the Chinese Zodiac, and the new year heralds the start of the year named for this considerate and optimistic animal. On the plus side, people born in the year of the pig are thought to be generous and forgiving of others’ mistakes. On the minus side, they are thought to be a bit stubborn and emotional.

I learned that pigs have a rather central role in the Chinese psyche when I found out that the character for “home” is the character for pig with a roof drawn over it. You hear the phrase, “Home is a roof over a pig.” I imagine that in times past, when things were hard, you could feel secure if you had enough money to buy and feed a pig and if you could put a roof over yourselves. Pigs have been regarded as bringing wealth and do not have any designs on the wealth of others.

Generally, the years designated as Year of the Pig include 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, and 2031. You do have to check, however, when the New Year starts each year because they don't start on Jan 1. They are calculated according to a lunar calendar, and the date changes each year. For instance, a baby born in 2019 but before Feb. 5 is still considered to be born in the Year of the Dog.

The recommended occupations for pigs are those that serve others: nurse, police officer, priest, professor, politician (they are supposed to serve others anyway), and counselor.

Besides having the animals of the zodiac in a 12-year cycle, the Chinese also have five different sets of cycles: wood, fire, earth, gold, and water. 2019 was the year of the Earth Pig, and those pigs are especially good at being social and maintaining interpersonal relations.

Here are some famous people who were born in the Year of the Pig:

  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Elton John
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • Henry Ford
  • Snoop Dogg
  • Tupac Shakur

© 2018 Adele Jeunette


El on January 10, 2019:

Thanks you so much.