Celebrating Chinese New Year

The Year of the Pig

Chinese New Year is celebrated around the world and in 2019 the festival falls on February 5th when we welcome the Year of the Pig (the twelfth zodiac animal). Jan Homden has compiled resources to use in your classroom to celebrate this colourful ‘Spring Festival’.


In Part A – Find out about pigs – visit a petting farm or zoo or perhaps organise a mobile farm to visit your school. There are piggy rhymes and songs to learn as well as fun games, language, maths and craft ideas. Enjoy huffing and puffing experiments and look at the reviews for pig related picture books.

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In Part B – There are great ideas for developing language through role play and fun suggestions for developing fine motor skills with noodles and rice in the activity trays. Learn about Chinese New Year Customs & Traditions and there are reviews of books and videos with a Chinese New Year theme to help develop children’s intercultural understanding. Make lanterns and dragons and have a go at painting cherry/plum blossoms.

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Feature Image: Pixabay


Watch as shadow puppets tell the story of the great race. Learn how the Zodiac years were named by the Jade Emperor.

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