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The Best Chinese New Year Kids Activities 2021 – Year of the Ox

Published on 25th January 2021 by Tessa Robinson

Looking for Chinese New Year Kids Activities? Here at Club Hub we have asked the amazing “Happy Mandarin” to give us some ideas on how we can keep the kids entertained for Chinese New Year which is on the 12th of February 2021.

Happy Mandarin – Online Chinese Lessons for 2-12 years old

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Happy Mandarin this February! Children learn best when they are HAPPY. Let’s do some festive activities to welcome the “Year of the Ox’!

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The Best Chinese New Year Kids Activities 2021 - Year of the OxSweet Dumpling “Tang Yuan” Making

(a traditional Chinese New Year delicacy, the pronunciation of ‘Tang Yuan’ is very similar to ‘the gathering of families’)


  • 200g glutinous rice flour
  • 100ml water
  • 125cc your favourite fillings (e.g., chocolate, red bean paste, black sesame paste, crushed peanut paste)

Prepare the dough:

  1. Combine the glutinous rice flour with 100 ml water
  2. Mix well with chopsticks
  3. Knead the dough until smooth
  4. Flour the board
  5. Roll the dough into a long stick
  6. Divide it into 12 balls of about 3-4 cm each

Filling up Tang Yuan:

  1. Work with your thumb and turn the dough into a bowl shape
  2. Place about one tablespoon of your favourite filling in
  3. Close up and gently roll into a ball

Cooking Tang Yuan:

  1. Add Tang Yuan into a pot of boiling water from the side
  2. Stir gently (to prevent it sticking to the bottom)
  3. Cook for 6-8 minutes until they float

Enjoy the Tang Yuan!

Egg Carton Fish (“fish’ sounds the same as “surplus” in Chinese language, it’s auspicious!)Egg Carton Fish

(“fish’ sounds the same as “surplus” in Chinese language, it’s auspicious!)


  • 1 x Empty egg carton
  • 1 x Piece of red string about 20cm long
  • Colour pens or paint
  • 1 x Black marker
  • 1 pair of Googly eyes (or you can draw the eyes)
  • 1 pair of Scissors


  1. Cut out the bottom part of the egg carton, and you end up with just the cup parts that hold the eggs (get about 6 of them)
  2. Paint or colour each of these cups with a different colour and let them dry
  3. Stick googly eyes on one of the cups. Try to stick one eye on either side of the cup, so it looks like the head of a fish. Draw the eyes with a marker if you do not have googly eyes
  4. Put the red string through a large needle. Make sure you tie a knot at one end
  5. Thread the string through one of the cups at a time with the last cup at the end, all the cups should be stacked on top of each other with the fish head cup as the first cup
  6. Once this is completed, create a second knot on the top. With the remaining string, create a loop to hang up this fish ornament craft

Hang your fish ornament near the door!

Red Chinese Lantern (red is a symbol of happiness; lantern symbolises the wish for a bright future)Red Chinese Lantern

(red is a symbol of happiness; lantern symbolises the wish for a bright future)


  • A4 red card
  • A4 red paper
  • Glue stick
  • Thread to hang
  • Stapler


  1. Fold the paper in half lengthwise. Cut lines through the fold to about 1 ½ inches from the top of the paper at about 1-inch intervals. Cut a ½ inch piece off the end
  2. Cut a strip of about 2 inches off the width of the card
  3. Take the paper and glue it on top of the card along the top and the bottom, matching the edges. You will find that the middle of the paper sticks out
  4. You should be left with a ½ inch strip of card showing along one side. Glue along this strip and bend the lantern round into a cone shape. Staple to secure
  5. Make two small holes at the top. Tie some thread through to hang the lantern

Happy New Year新年快乐 xīn nián kuài lè

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