Storytime Theme: Chinese New Year


*See Dragons for Dragon crafts and other ideas about the Chinese New Year

Books --

My Chinese New Year by Hughe J 394.261
Sam and the Lucky Money by Kevin Chinn
Dragon Dance by Joan Holub
My First Chinese new year by Karen Katz
This Next New Year by Janet S. Wong
Folk Tale: The Four Dragons


Big paper dragons like the kind in 21

Audience Participation Stories/Characters for Act-out Stories

Folk Tales:
Bright Pearl a Chinese Tale
The Superior Pet a Chinese Tale
The Jeweled Sea a Chinese Tale
Natural Enemies a Chinese Tale
We Are All One a Chinese Tale
The Four Dragons a Chinese Tale
*See folder for printed stories

Story Extensions

  • Red strip with Chinese symbols and meanings
  • Writing Chinese words like "Fu" or lucky
  • Mah Jong

Arts and Crafts

Fortune Cookie Decoration
Tan felt
Yogurt lid
Black marker
Low-temp glue gun
Thin strip white paper
Black pen
*See folder for detailed instructions

Luck signs
Dragon Masks
Name Tags (new years animals)

*Folder contains a diamond template with a Chinese symbol on it.

Suggested Ways to Include the Six Emergent Literacy Skills

  • Vocabulary

  • Print Motivation

  • Phonological Sensitivity

  • Print Awareness

  • Letter Knowledge

  • Narrative Skills