Chinese New Year Zodiac Puppets

chinese new year

The Chinese New Year isn’t like the champagne-filled, fireworks-packed, countdown kind that you expect. It’s celebrated with ancient traditions and focuses on a different zodiac animal each year. With 12 different animals (rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig) each year features its own zodiac symbol. Your child can learn about the Chinese New Year and celebrate the holiday with a crafty creature puppet-making activity!

Materials

  • A lunch-sized paper bag
  • Markers
  • Optional: Googley eyes, school glue, fabric, craft felt, glitter

How-To Steps

  1. Position that bag so that that flap is facing up and to the top. This will be the animal’s head.
  2. Pick an animal. This depends on the year’s zodiac symbol.
  3. Draw the animal’s face onto the flap. Decorate the rest of the bag, creating the animal’s body.
  4. Optional: Add embellishments. Your child can glue googley eyes onto the animal’s face or another type of an accent. Make fur, scales or another animal texture using cut craft felt or fabric. Or, your child can make the puppet extra special with glitter and glue. Let the glue dry completely before using the puppet.

When the glue is dry, open the bag. Your child will put their hand all the way into the top flap to make it seem like the animal is ‘talking’.



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