This simple Chinese New Year craft for kids involves collaboration, exploring line and shape and patterns.

In Chinese culture, fish are considered a symbol of luck and good fortune. The Chinese word for fish sounds like the word surplus or abundance. So during Chinese New Year you will see many fish decorations and it is customary to eat fish during New Year feasts to ensure prosperity.

What you will need for this simple Chinese New Year Craft for kids

Fish template
Coloured markers
Hole punch

Click here to print the fish template

Print your fish template onto thin card or trace it onto cardboard scraps.
We reused some cardboard packaging from Christmas presents to create our fish.

My daughter and I passed the fish back and forth to fill in different sections.
This is a great chance to talk about different lines – straight, curved, broken, zig zag, wavy – and shapes. So much vocab!

Once complete, cut the fish out. Use your hole punch to create a hole in the top middle part of your fish.
String some yarn through and thread beads onto your string.
This is a great opportunity to practice 2-part patterns. Red and yellow/gold are dominant colours seen during Chinese New Year festivities.

Hang your fish decoration on your front door to welcome in all the New Year’s good luck!

If you try this simple Chinese New Year craft for kids, I’d LOVE to see! Tag me on Instagram or Facebook.

Looking for more simple Chinese New Year crafts for kids?

Check out my READ + CREATE: Lunar New Year Edition eBook.

A picture of an eBook containing Chinese New Year activities for kids

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