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Printable Coloring Sheets 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.

This article has links to documents which have 10 coloring page designs for celebrating Chinese New Year.

This article has links to documents which have 10 coloring page designs for celebrating Chinese New Year.

Coloring Pages for Chinese New Year

These printable coloring sheets are designed for children, including preschoolers, kindergarteners, and elementary school kids. The images are from media sharing sites like Pixabay or have been purchased under license from iStock. You may print them for personal, classroom, or library use, but not for commercial use.

The Chinese phrases read "Happy New Year!" In most of the coloring pages, you will see the phrase spelled out in pinyin (which is a system that uses English letters to indicate how the words are pronounced), and then the phrase is repeated using Chinese characters.

If you search “Adele Jeunette” and “Chinese New Year” on the internet, you will find additional articles with educational printables, including lanterns, lucky red envelopes, bookmarks, and other craft projects.

Coloring Sheets: Portrait Orientation

These first five coloring sheets are in portrait orientation. (If you would like some that are in landscape orientation, keep scrolling down for a link.)

They include pictures of dragons, lions, and teapots. If you just want one of the sheets, remember to set your printer so it will only print out that sheet. See below for photos of each sheet in the document, along with an explanation of each image.

This coloring page features a boy holding a dragon which is used in parades and performances.

This coloring page features a boy holding a dragon which is used in parades and performances.

Dancing Dragon

The boy in this illustration is holding what is basically a dragon puppet. In many Chinese New Year parades across the country, you will see a dozen or more people under the dragon holding rods that they use to wind one from side to side as they run down the parade route.

This coloring page shows the face of a lion costume which is used for the lion dance.

This coloring page shows the face of a lion costume which is used for the lion dance.

Face of Chinese Lion

For the traditional lion dance, one person works the head of a lion, while another person works the body.

Dragon Head

In China, dragons are creatures of water and mist and can be called upon to help the people, especailly farmers who need rain.

In China, dragons are creatures of water and mist and can be called upon to help the people, especailly farmers who need rain.

This teapot is decorated with a dragon, mythical animals that signifies good luck, strength and health.

This teapot is decorated with a dragon, mythical animals that signifies good luck, strength and health.

Chinese Teapot

Tea originated in China. The legend goes that a princess was drinking hot water, and some leaves happen to blow into her cup. When she drank the liquid, she was pleased with the taste.

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The Chinese dragon is said to be composed of many animals including the tiger, the snake, and the deer.

The Chinese dragon is said to be composed of many animals including the tiger, the snake, and the deer.

Dragon

While Western dragons are known as fear some creatures that breathe fire, Eastern dragons are creatures of water and mist who are often called upon to help the people.

Coloring Sheets: Landscape Orientation

These next five coloring sheets are in portrait orientation. They include pictures of dragons, lions, teapots, cranes, ducks and many other things associated with the new year. If you just want one of the sheets, remember to set your printer so it will only print out that sheet. See below for photos of each sheet in the document along with a bit of explanation of each image

This "New Year Items" coloring page has several drawings of common things found in new year celebrations.

This "New Year Items" coloring page has several drawings of common things found in new year celebrations.

New Year Items

This coloring page has several items that are associated with the new year:

  • Lanterns: Brightly colored lanterns signify momentous and joyful occasions. Two weeks after the new year begins, towns and cities have lantern festivals that coincide with the full moon's appearance.
  • Firecrackers: The Chinese invented gunpowder, and they use it in these strings of firecrackers to scare off bad luck and evil spirits.
  • Fish: Fish signify wealth and prosperity because the word for “fish” in Chinese sounds like the word for “abundance.”
  • Red Envelopes: It is customary to give out cash gifts which are tucked into decorated lucky red envelopes.
  • Gold Ingot: These are traditional Chinese symbol of prosperity and greatness.
  • Fan: Chinese have been decorating fans for thousands of years. They signify wisdom and authority.
  • Peaches: Peaches symbolize immortality and unity. In fact, many round fruits like peaches and oranges are displayed and eaten during the new year because their round shape signifies the circle which has no end.
This coloring sheet shows performers ready to do the dragon dance in a parade.

This coloring sheet shows performers ready to do the dragon dance in a parade.

Dragon Dance

Here you see three people ready to guide the dragon in the parade. The person in front is holding a pearl, which the dragon will “chase” through the streets.

In this coloring page, two performers work the lion costume, while one beats the drum.

In this coloring page, two performers work the lion costume, while one beats the drum.

Lion Dance

Here you see two people underneath the lion dance costume, one controlling the head, and the other controlling the body. The lion dance is done to the beat of drums and the clash of cymbals.

This coloring page features a teapot, cups, and tea leaves.

This coloring page features a teapot, cups, and tea leaves.

Tea and Teapot

Tea is an integral part of Chinese culture. While there are dozens of varieties of tea, they all embody the spirit of clearness, respect, joy, and truthfulness.

This coloring page features cranes and mandarin ducks.

This coloring page features cranes and mandarin ducks.

Crane and Mandarin Ducks

Cranes embody longevity and peace, and crane motifs were often used in the robes of civil officials during the imperial times. Mandarin ducks are faithful to their partners and are symbols of love and devotion.

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