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Year of the Rat Activities

2019-12-16     Heather Mactivity    

Year of the rat activities

What is the animal for Chinese new year 2020?

2021 is the year of the rat in the Chinese lunar calendar, and at Mrs Mactivity we have plenty of year of the rat resources, year of the rat lesson ideas, and year of the rat worksheets! Not forgetting all of our other Chinese New Year resources and ideas that will help save you time in your lessons, or use with your children at home. ย It has actually been such a blast coming up with the ideas for our Chinese New Year crafts and worksheets, and we’re really excited to share these with you!

Before we go onto our year of the rat resources, we wanted to show you our NEW and existing Chinese New Year worksheets and activities.

Chinese New Year Dragon Craft

We love the Chinese New Year Dragon Craft from last year! This one was so popular and is so fun to make for all ages.

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Chinese New Year Number Tracing Activity

Children love learning Chinese Numbers! Challenge them to trace then write their own Chinese numbers, then you can use these for some simple maths games! Ask children to set challenges for each other in pairs using the Chinese numbers – for example simple additions and subtractions. Great as a code breaking activity!

Chinese numbers tracing activity

Chinese numbers tracing activity

Chinese New Year Date Spinner Activity

Children love figuring out which animal represents their year of birth, so use our Chinese Zodiac Spinner Activity to encourage children to learn more about the Chinese Zodiac.

Chinese New Year Zodiac Spinners Activity

Chinese New Year Zodiac Spinners Activity

Chinese New Year Puppet Theatre

Make your very own Chinese New Year Puppet Theatre! Re-enact the story of the Chinese Zodiac and the great race – or just ask children to make up their own!

Chinese New Year Zodiac Race Story Sequencing Cards

Ask children to put these Chinese New Year Sequencing Cards in the right order – and they can colour them in too!

Chinese New Year Story of the Zodiac Sequencing Cards

Chinese New Year Story of the Zodiac Sequencing Cards

Chinese New Year Whiteboard Presentation

Not sure about the story of Chinese New Year and the great race? No worries! Use our Chinese New Year Presentation on your whiteboard to run through the story with your children. No need to print!

The Story of Chinese New Year Presentation- Simplified Version

The Story of Chinese New Year Presentation- Simplified Version

Chinese New Year Role Play Hats

Act out the story of the great race for Chinese New Year with our Chinese New Year Role Play Hats! Each child can choose a different animal to represent and re-enact the story. Wonderful for speaking and listening and for preparing for story writing. Or just general role play!

Chinese new year zodiac hats

Chinese new year zodiac hats

Chinese New year lantern craft

These super to make Chinese Lantern Crafts are popular every year! Ask children to decorate them and then you can hang them up on a string for display! A really effective, easy to prepare Chinese craft idea that children love.

Chinese New Year KS1 Comprehension Worksheets

If you’re looking for something to do with KS1 – and even lower KS2 age children, our Chinese New Year KS1 Comprehension Worksheets contains the full story of the Chinese Zodiac, followed by useful questions that enhance retrieval and inference skills – just what you need!

Chinese new year comprehension activity

Chinese new year comprehension activity

Chinese New Year Mindfulness Colouring

Everyone loves a bit of Chinese New Year Mindfulness Colouring – a great end of day activity, or something to do on a weekend. Or just something to stimulate discussion!

Chinese new year mindfulness colouring pages

Chinese new year mindfulness colouring pages

Chinese New Year Maths Game

We wanted to do something maths related for Chinese New Year, and so thought it would be nice to invent our own maths game! Play along either using a dice or our number question cards. Great for learning number bonds, simple additions and for counting skills too!

Chinese New Year Maths Race Game

Chinese New Year Maths Race Game

Chinese New Year Lucky Envelope Templates

Use our handy templates to make your very own Chinese New Year Lucky Envelopes! These are nice and easy to make, but not TOO easy! Ask children to colour and decorate them themselves for extra fun!

Explore the rest of our Chinese New Year Resources here.

Categories: Chinese New Year