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Printable Children's Craft Greeting Cards to Color for the Year of the Rat

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

Here are some printable greeting card templated to color for the year of the rat.

Here are some printable greeting card templated to color for the year of the rat.

Printable Greeting Cards

Following is a collection of quick and easy Year of the Rat greeting cards to print and color. These printable templates are a fast and simple way for parents, teachers, and librarians to have a Chinese New Year activity with a group. The patterns are designed for young children (preschoolers, kindergarteners, or elementary school children). Some of the graphics are my own designs; other artwork is under license from iStock or from Pixabay. You are welcome to use them for personal or classroom purposes. Commercial use is prohibited.

For more easy printable ideas, see these Year of the Rat coloring pages.

If you click on my name, above, you will also find articles with printables for lucky red envelopes, bookmarks, and other craft projects.

What the Cards Say

Each of these cards includes the Chinese characters for "Happy New Year." Underneath those characters is the pinyin transliteration of the same saying. Click on the following orange link for a video that teaches viewers how to pronounce Xīn nián kuài lè, which means, "Happy New Year." "Learn How to Say 'Happy New Year in Chinese"

The pinyin version 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 New Year Cards (5.5 x 8.5 Inches)

You can print these cards out onto 8.5" x 11" card stock, then fold them in half so that the rat picture is in the front.

It helps to score the cards first. 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 templates that are available, click on the thumbnail pictures below to see a larger version of each.

Below the photos you will find an orange link for the templates.

Year of the Rat Card Templates (5.5 x 8.5 Inches)

  • Year of the Rat Card Templates (5.5 x 8.5 Inches)
    Here you will find nine templates to print and color. One of the templates has a blank space in the center. See below to see a sample card in which a child has drawn a picture on white paper and pasted it into the center rectangle.
Here is a sample of a card with a child's drawing in the center.

Here is a sample of a card with a child's drawing in the center.

Year of the Rat Card Templates (5.5 x 8.5 Inches)

You can print these out onto 8.5" x 11" card stock, then fold them in half so that the 2020 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 for the templates.

Year of the Rat Card Template (8.5 x 5.5 inches)

  • Year of the Rat Card Template (8.5 x 5.5 inches)
    Here you will find six templates to print and color, each with the year "2020" on the front. One has a blank space in the center where children can draw their own picture or past one they have cut out. See below for sample cards that have been made.
Here are some samples of how to make cards by inserting a picture of a rat within the number "2020."

Here are some samples of how to make cards by inserting a picture of a rat within the number "2020."

© 2019 Adele Jeunette

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