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Chinese New Year 2012: 25 Ways to Teach and Celebrate the Year of the Dragon

Chinese New Year 2012 falls on January 23rd. The Year of the Dragon is upon us and it is to be a year of luck, drive and determination. If you haven’t celebrated the Chinese New Year before I highly suggest you take a peek into this wonderful celebration. First, check to see if there are any parades going on in your city. San Francisco has an amazing one every year, but sadly we all don’t live there. Second, bring the Chinese New Year into your home. You and your family can make crafts, read books and follow traditional recipes for delicious meals. If you already celebrate it you may find some new fun traditions to add to the list. Check out these 25 ways to teach and celebrate the Chinese New Year with Your Family…


  • Stick Puppet Kit 1 of 26
    Stick Puppet Kit
    This is a fun craft to get the kids involved in. Make your own stick puppets to celebrate the Year of the Dragon.
    Buy it for $20.00 at Etsy.
  • Coin Tags 2 of 26
    Coin Tags
    Use these Chinese New Year coin tags to decorate cards to give to friends.
    Buy them for $5.50 at Etsy.
  • Dress Up 3 of 26
    Dress Up
    Print out this Dragon mask and embellish it for a Chinese New Year costume.
    Buy it for $5 at Etsy.
  • Read About the Many Traditions 4 of 26
    Read About the Many Traditions
    You and the kids can read about how this Chinese-American boy celebrates the New Year.
    Buy it for $6.95 at Amazon.
  • Decorate the Home 5 of 26
    Decorate the Home
    Since it's the year of the Dragon what better way to celebrate then to hang up paper dragons around the home.
    Buy them for $11.49 at Amazon.
  • Learn All the Facts 6 of 26
    Learn All the Facts
    Get all the facts about the Chinese New Year while also making crafts like paper lanterns and red envelopes.
    Buy it for $8.95 at Amazon.
  • Make a Puppet Show 7 of 26
    Make a Puppet Show
    Teach the kids how to make a marionette Chinese dragon come to life.
    Buy it for $28.48 at Amazon.
  • Fun With Paper Crafts 8 of 26
    Fun With Paper Crafts
    Learn all about the Chinese New Year by making paper crafts like lanterns, masks and more.
    Buy it for $21.53 at Amazon.
  • For the Tots 9 of 26
    For the Tots
    Even the youngest can learn all about the Chinese New Year.
    Buy it for $10.87 at Amazon.
  • An Original Folktale 10 of 26
    An Original Folktale
    The kids will get a kick out of this Chinese Folktale.
    Buy it for $11.55 at Amazon.
  • Chinese New Year Music 11 of 26
    Chinese New Year Music
    Fill the house with Chinese New Year music to celebrate.
    Buy the MP3 download for $8.99 at Amazon.
  • Red Envelopes 12 of 26
    Red Envelopes
    You and the kids can fill these traditional red envelopes with goodies and treats for friends.
    Buy a set of 10 for $1.98 at Amazon.
  • Fun with Kai-Lan 13 of 26
    Fun with Kai-Lan
    See if Kai-Lan and her friends can work together to make the New Years dragon dance.
    Buy it for $6.99 at Amazon.
  • Kai-Lan’s Chinese New Year Episode 14 of 26
    Kai-Lan's Chinese New Year Episode
    Kai-Lan celebrates the Chinese New Year in this special instant episode.
    Buy it for $1.99 at Amazon.
  • Chinese New Year Cooking 15 of 26
    Chinese New Year Cooking
    You and the kids can enjoy this educational DVD that teaches you all about how special Chinese dishes are made and the festivities that coincide with the Chinese New Year.
    Buy it for $19.95 at Amazon.
  • Decorate with Chinese Lanterns 16 of 26
    Decorate with Chinese Lanterns
    These beautiful Chinese lanterns make for a great way to dress up the home for the holiday.
    Buy 6 Lanterns for $56.00 at Etsy.
  • Kids’ Chopsticks 17 of 26
    Kids' Chopsticks
    Make a traditional Chinese meal on the New Year and let the kids take the first steps to using chopsticks.
    Buy them for $5.36 at Amazon.
  • Charm Bracelet 18 of 26
    Charm Bracelet
    Surprise the kids with Chinese New Year charm bracelets and learn what all the different charms mean.
    Buy it for $8.69 at Amazon.
  • Chinese New Year Calendar 19 of 26
    Chinese New Year Calendar
    Celebrate the year of the dragon with this special Chinese calendar.
    Get it for $4.99 at Amazon.
  • Dragon Crayons 20 of 26
    Dragon Crayons
    The kids can draw pictures of the New Year Dragon with these cool dragon crayons.
    Buy them for $14.00 at Etsy.
  • Fortune Cookie Crayons 21 of 26
    Fortune Cookie Crayons
    You can all write good luck fortunes for each other and scatter them about the house.
    Buy them for $10.00 at Etsy.
  • A Story of Traditions 22 of 26
    A Story of Traditions
    Learn all about how this family celebrates the Chinese New Year complete with lanterns and firecrackers.
    Buy it for $6.99 at Amazon.
  • Read Aloud Book 23 of 26
    Read Aloud Book
    This read aloud book is great for teaching the toddlers all about the fun traditions that go along with the Chinese New Year.
    Buy it for $10.87 at Amazon.
  • Complete with Tales, Activities and Recipes 24 of 26
    Complete with Tales, Activities and Recipes
    A complete guide to celebrating the Chinese New Year. It is filled with recipes, crafts and stories for the family to read together.
    Buy it for $14.25 at Amazon.
  • Vintage Traditional Mask 25 of 26
    Vintage Traditional Mask
    This is a traditional lion mask for the Lion Dance that takes place at the Chinese New Year. It can fit over a man's head and even has the body to hide under.
    Buy it for $85 atEtsy.
  • 25 Ways to Celebrate Chinese New Year 2012 26 of 26
    25 Ways to Celebrate Chinese New Year 2012
    What are your traditions?

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Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the bestselling book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman) and founding co-editor at Prudent Baby, the premier DIY destination for crafty moms seeking ways to make their lives even more stylish and beautiful.

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