Year of the Tiger Teaching Ideas

year of the tiger teaching resources
1st February 2022 marks the start of the Year of the Tiger, the first day of the new year on the Chinese calendar. It is the perfect opportunity to teach your children about some of the traditions of the Spring Festival and join in with the celebrations. 

When is the Lunar New Year 2022?

The Chinese, or Lunar New Year, starts when the second new moon after the winter solstice (21st December) appears in the sky. It is the most important festival in China and is celebrated by more than one billion people around the world! Fireworks, firecrackers, feasts, and dancing are all part of a fortnight of celebrations which aim to bring luck and prosperity in the new year.

Year of the Tiger lantern templates

Each year is named after one of the twelve zodiac animals and this year it is the Year of Tiger.  In China, the tiger is known as the ‘king of all beasts’ and any children born during the Year of the Tiger are predicted to be strong, brave, competitive, and confident. We have some time-saving resources to mark the Year of the Tiger including Year of the Tiger mindfulness colouring pages and a template so that children can make their own Year of the Tiger Chinese lantern.

year of the tiger lantern templates

Year of the Tiger English activities

The Great Race is a story that explains the order of the Chinese zodiac animals. You can teach children all about the story with our Chinese Zodiac lesson presentation, sequencing cards, and Great Race writing activity.

We also have a KS1 Chinese New Year reading comprehension that teaches children all about the new year traditions as well as practising their comprehension skills. It is a great opportunity for children to learn about this cultural event whilst practising skills that link directly to the KS1 reading content domains.

Chinese New Year reading comprehension

Chinese New Year maths worksheets

Why not also link to the Chinese New Year topic in your mathematics teaching? We have produced some fantastic, engaging maths activity books including:

These provide a wealth of fun maths activities which match the EYFS and National Curriculum Objectives.


Chinese food

A key element of the new year celebrations is the food. Family dinners are held with lots of different dishes – each meant to help bring good luck for the forthcoming year. Why not use this as an opportunity to allow your children to taste some traditional Chinese dishes such as spring rolls, noodles and dumplings? You could even turn part of your teaching area into a Chinese restaurant with our Chinese restaurant role play resources.

Chinese Restaurant Role-Play Pack


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