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Kids' Crafts for Chinese New Year (Printable Dog Templates)

Adele has been a youth librarian for 20 years. She has learned lots about making crafts easy and inexpensive.

Printable Dog Templates: Kid Crafts for Chinese New Year

Printable Dog Templates: Kid Crafts for Chinese New Year

Easy, Printable Craft Projects for the Year of the Dog

Here are some quick craft ideas for the Year of the Dog in the Chinese New Year zodiac cycle. The dogs here use simple shapes that will be of use to teachers, parents, and librarians who are putting together craft programs for preschoolers or elementary school children.

I also have some related articles for coloring pages or greeting cards or red envelopes, bookmarks, etc.

How to Use These Patterns

The images are all loaded as photos (jpegs). Here is how to get them and adapt them for craft projects:

  1. Click on the photo.
  2. Right-click to copy it.
  3. Paste it into any program that can deal with photos, like Word or Publisher. That way, you can enlarge or minimize the image as you need.
  4. See the bottom of the site for ways to use these patterns in greeting cards or on bookmarks.

Chinese Character for Dog

Below is the Chinese character for dog. You can paste it into any graphic you're doing, or just print it out for the children to use. They can put it next to any pictures of dogs they draw or cut from magazines to help them know that this character in Chinese means the same thing as the letters d-o-g in English.

Chinese character for dog

Chinese character for dog

Dog Character to Trace

If you want the children to know what it feels like to write the character for dog, you can have them trace this character which is printed lightly on the paper. The little video below shows them the order of the strokes and includes how to pronounce the word.

More Tracing Practice

The next two sheets include a picture of a dog, and then characters to trace.

Chinese characters and English words for "dog" to trace

Chinese characters and English words for "dog" to trace

Several Chinese characters for "dog" to trace, along with the English word

Several Chinese characters for "dog" to trace, along with the English word

Chinese Character for Dog In a Circle

Here is the Chinese character for dog enclosed in a circle. Print it on red paper, cut it out, and attach a ribbon for a hanging decoration. You can also place this circle next to a picture of a dog, so that the circle looks like a ball that the dog is playing with.

Circles with Chinese character for "dog" along with the English word.

Circles with Chinese character for "dog" along with the English word.

Dog and Ball With Chinese Characters

Here is a little dog made from oval shapes playing with a big ball.

Dog with ball and Chinese character

Dog with ball and Chinese character

Chinese character for "dog":  black and white dog, red ball

Chinese character for "dog": black and white dog, red ball

Chinese character for "dog":  brown dog, blue ball

Chinese character for "dog": brown dog, blue ball

Printable Template for Oval Dog With Ball

If you are in a crafting mood, here is a template for coloring, cutting, and assembling the little dog.

Printable Template for Oval Dog

Printable Template for Oval Dog

Cartoon Dog With Chinese Character

Here is a cartoon dog with the Chinese character for dog beside him. This fella can be used in a greeting card, or as a coloring sheet.

Cartoon with Chinese character for "dog"

Cartoon with Chinese character for "dog"

Cartoon dog with Chinese character: 2 to a page

Cartoon dog with Chinese character: 2 to a page

Chinese Lantern With the Character for Dog

You can have the children simply color this picture. They can also cut it out and place it next to a picture of a dog, giving the dog his own lantern.

Lantern with Chinese character for "dog"

Lantern with Chinese character for "dog"

Colorful Dog With Chinese Character

Here’s another little guy with a purple background and the character for dog. I’ve put two on one sheet to save space, but if you want only one, you can paste the picture into a program and then crop out the second dog.

Purple background, 2 to a page

Purple background, 2 to a page

Dog to Color

Below you will find the dog above, rendered as a coloring sheet.

Simple dog with Chinese character to color

Simple dog with Chinese character to color

Curlicue Dog in a Circle

Here’s another take on depicting a dog. Children could cut these out and attach a ribbon to make a hanging ornament. They could also use the circles as bookmark toppers, or as decoration for any project.

Curlicue dog in a circle

Curlicue dog in a circle

Curlicue dog in a circle, 4 to a page

Curlicue dog in a circle, 4 to a page

Dog Wearing a T-Shirt With Character

Below is a picture of a dog in which the little guy is wearing a long t-shirt that has the Chinese character for dog.

T-shirt dog

T-shirt dog

T-shirt dog, 2 on a page

T-shirt dog, 2 on a page

Heart Dog

Here’s a simple way to make a dog face from a heart. (He’s one of those perky-eared dogs.)

Dog face made from the shape of a heart

Dog face made from the shape of a heart

Heart dog to color

Heart dog to color

Papercut Dog

The Chinese have a long tradition of making intricate papercut images, and this is a version of a dog. Papercuts are traditionally done in the lucky color of red, though some do use a variety of colors.

Red papercut

Red papercut

Papercut dog pattern to color

Papercut dog pattern to color

Standing Dog

Here is a template for a dog that you can stand up. Just print it onto card stock; then cut out the body part and fold it down the center. Color in the facial features and glue them to the head. (You can just draw on the face, too.) Glue the head and tail to the body. I included one of the little balls with the character for dog to complete the picture.

Standing dog template

Standing dog template

Assembled dog with Chinese character on red ball

Assembled dog with Chinese character on red ball

Year of the Dog Template

Here is a template which includes the Chinese words for “Happy New Year” in characters, and in pinyin, which is a way to indicate the pronunciation of the words. You can cut out any other of these dogs I included and glue them to the center of the sheet. If you print this sheet on card stock, it can double as a full-page greeting card.

Year of the Dog template: Paste a picture of a dog in the middle

Year of the Dog template: Paste a picture of a dog in the middle

Year of the Dog template:  Draw your own dog in the middle

Year of the Dog template: Draw your own dog in the middle

Happy New Year Template

Here is another template with the words “Happy New Year!” in English which can be used in the same ways as the template above.

Happy New Year Template: Paste a picture of a dog in the middle

Happy New Year Template: Paste a picture of a dog in the middle

Happy New Year Template: Draw your own picture in the middle

Happy New Year Template: Draw your own picture in the middle

Greeting Card Template

Print this template out on 8.5 X 11 inch sheet of card stock, then fold it in half. You can use some of the smaller patterns here to cut out and glue to the center of the front of the greeting card.

Happy New Year greeting card template: Draw a dog, or paste a picture on the front

Happy New Year greeting card template: Draw a dog, or paste a picture on the front

Bookmark Template

Here is a template for 4 bookmarks. Print them out on card stock, and then use one of the patterns above to make a dog to put on top of the bookmark.

Happy New Year in pinyin and Chinese characters: bookmark templates: paste a picture to the top

Happy New Year in pinyin and Chinese characters: bookmark templates: paste a picture to the top

Bookmark templates. Happy New Year is written in pinyin and Chinese characters, along with the character for "dog."

Bookmark templates. Happy New Year is written in pinyin and Chinese characters, along with the character for "dog."

Sources

All the images in this site were created by me, or are under license from iStock.

© 2017 Adele Jeunette

Comments

Gee on February 20, 2018:

Thank you for sharing!!

Have fun in your wonderful work :)

Yolande on January 30, 2018:

Thank you very much! I will try it!

Adele Jeunette (author) on January 30, 2018:

Yolanda,

Sure, you can change the English to German. It may be a little tricky though, because everything is loaded as a photo. If you can type the words you want and then convert them to a photo, you can paste them over the top of the English words.

yolande on January 30, 2018:

thank you!

Can i change the english word to german?

best regard!

Deb on January 23, 2018:

Thanks! Fantastic help for non artist!!

Melissa on January 08, 2018:

Thank you!!

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