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Year of the Rabbit Crafts: Printable Kid Projects 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.

Nine quick and easy crafts for Year of the Rabbit, with printable templates.

Nine quick and easy crafts for Year of the Rabbit, with printable templates.

The Year of the Rabbit

The Year of the Rabbit begins on January 22nd, 2023. The rabbit is the fourth animal in the Chinese zodiac, and Chinese New Year celebrations feature this gentle and ingenious animal. Below you will find a roundup of printable patterns for simple crafts you can make that will contribute to festive atmosphere for the holiday. You can use these patterns with a group (like a school or scout troop) or as a one-on-one activity in your home. They are designed for preschool-age children (with some help) or kids in kindergarten and elementary school. Most of these projects involve tasks like coloring, cutting, and gluing. These simple patterns will give you a quick and easy way to print and get started right away.

Chinese New Year Rabbit Crafts

  1. Envelope and Card
  2. Paper Bag Puppet
  3. Cut and Glue Rabbit
  4. Paper Plate Rabbit
  5. Pop-Up Rabbit
  6. Candy Hugger Rabbit
  7. Rabbit Paper Cut Lantern 1
  8. Rabbit Paper Cut Lantern 2
  9. Rabbit Globe Lantern

Where Are the Rabbit Project Templates?

In the image galleries below, you will see a photo of each template along with a description and a picture of the finished product. Here is the link to the document with all of the templates.

1. Envelope and Card

Cut out the envelope, and then fold along the lines and glue it. Add the ears to make a rabbit face on your envelope. The card you put inside says “Happy New Year” in English, pinyin, and Chinese.

2. Paper Bag Puppet

Color and cut out the rabbit face and body. Then, glue them to a small paper bag to make a puppet.

3. Cut and Glue Rabbit

Here is a little rabbit you can color, cut and then glue, using another piece of paper as the background. I’ve included lots of things associated with Chinese New Year for the rabbit to have. Here are the items that you will see:

  • Lantern: Lanterns in bright colors are used to signify joyful and momentous occasions. When the full moon appears about two weeks after the start of festivities, lantern festivals conclude the celebrations.
  • Fish: People serve fish at meals because the dish signifies wealth and prosperity. The word for “fish” in Chinese sounds similar to the word for “abundance.”
  • Red Envelopes: It is a custom to give out decorated lucky red envelopes with cash gifts tucked inside. Red is an auspicious color in Chinese culture.
  • Coin: Ancient coins are a traditional Chinese symbol of prosperity.
  • Fan: Chinese have been using beautifully decorated fans for thousands of years. They symbolize authority and wisdom.
  • Peaches: Peaches signify immortality and unity. People display and eat round fruits like peaches or oranges during the new year because of their round shapes, a circle that has no end.
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4. Paper Plate Rabbit

Color and cut out these rabbit face pieces to attach to a paper plate to make a cute rabbit craft.

5. Pop-Up Rabbit

Color and cut this little rabbit and then attach it to a craft stick. Take a disposable cup and cut a slit in the bottom. Once you put the craft stick in the slit, you can move it up and down to make the rabbit pop out of the hole.

6. Candy Hugger Rabbit

Here’s a way to package a sweet treat. Color and cut out the rabbit, then attach a small piece of candy that the little guy can “hug.” Since you’ll be seeing the other side of the creature’s arms when he is hugging, you’ll need to color that side too. Then use a black marker to outline the arms. The candy shown is Lucky Candy, a strawberry-flavored kind carried in Asian markets and particularly suited to Chinese New Year celebrations with its festive red and gold package. We always give these out to my daughter and her friends at the new year.

7. Rabbit Cut Paper Lantern 1

For this lantern you will need two sheets of paper. Cut slits in one sheet and roll it into a tube to make the base. The other sheet has facial features, the handle, and a charm with the Chinese character for “rabbit.”

8. Rabbit Cut Paper Lantern 2

This lantern also uses two sheets of paper. The base is a lucky red color and features illustrations of a rabbit along with the Chinese character for “rabbit.” The other sheet features a handle and a charm with the Chinese character for “rabbit.”

9. Rabbit Globe Lantern

For this lantern, you use a purchased 10-inch white paper lantern as the base. Print out the template, color the facial features, and attach them to the lantern to turn it into a rabbit.

© 2022 Adele Jeunette

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