Printable Dog Templates: Kid Crafts for Chinese New Year

Updated on December 1, 2017
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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.

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. This little video shows them the order of the strokes and includes how to pronounce the word.

Chinese character and English word for "dog" to trace
Chinese character and English word for "dog" to trace

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

Ready-Made Greeting Cards And Coloring Pages That Are Printable

If you would like some ready-made greeting cards, and coloring sheets, click on the links below. Each of these sites has images based on many of these graphics that are ready for you to print and go.


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 form iStock

© 2017 Adele Jeunette

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