Chinese New Year’s 2020 Rat Crafts for Kids

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How can you celebrate the Chinese New Year with your child? 2020 is the year of the rat. If your young child doesn’t fully understand the holiday or its significance, start slowly—with a rat-themed art activity. These artsy ideas are ideal for older toddlers and preschoolers.

Rat Puppet

Use a paper bag to create a rat puppet. Place a flattened lunch-sized bag with the flap facing up. Use crayons or markers to draw the rat’s face on the flap. Draw the body onto the rest of the bag. Glue or tape a piece of yarn to the back of the bag as the rat’s tale.

Rat Banner

Welcome the New Year with a special banner. Unroll plain white gift wrap or butcher paper. Help your child to draw pictures of rats in different colors on the banner. If your child wants to get extra-creative, break out the tempera paints or water colors. Have them paint over their drawings and add a layer of paint splatter (as festive fireworks!). Hang the crafty creation for your at-home celebration.

Rat Collage

Cut out a variety of shapes (including ovals, circles, triangles and thin rectangles) from construction paper. Ask your child to puzzle together the pieces, creating their own rat collage. After your child makes the overall shape, they can glue the collage down to another piece of paper. Add facial features and other accents with a marker or crayon.




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