Chinese New Year Activity for Kids: Calligraphy and Spring Scrolls
During the Chinese New Year holiday, you'll find all sorts of red scrolls hanging on the door posts inscribed with various Chinese blessings for the new year like 新年快乐 (xīn nián kuài lè) which means "Happy New Year".
Here's a video from our Chinese Festivals online series that describes this popular Chinese New Year tradition.
Have your students create their own spring scroll. All you need is some red paper, paint brushes and black paint. For middle school or high school students, we recommend getting some traditional calligraphy brushes and ink stones for them to try and use with a quick lesson on how to properly hold a calligraphy brush.
Special thanks to Leung Laoshi from Brentwood School and Mr. B from Palo Verde. If you have any Chinese New Year activities that you'd like to share, please let us know. We'd love to share them. Feel free to check-out our Chinese New Years Activities for Kids Pinterest board.