Eco-friendly Crafts for Chinese New Year January 30, 2022 Email The month of February contains many holidays, from fun and obscure days such as National Banana Bread Day to more well-known celebrations like Valentine’s Day and the month-long honoring of Black History. This year, Chinese New Year falls on February 1. Learn about Chinese culture and celebrate this cultural holiday by creating some fun and unique crafts out of eco-friendly materials with your kids! Chinese Dragon Crafts In Chinese culture, the dragon symbolizes wisdom, wealth, and power. The traditional Dragon Dance was originally a ceremony praying for rain and honoring the dead that later evolved into entertainment. Celebrate the history of the dragon by creating your own eco-friendly version! You can make a dragon out of common household items such as: Egg cartons Cardboard tubes Paper bags Paper plates Paper and popsicle sticks Chinese Lantern Crafts The Chinese Lantern Festival marks the end of Chinese New Year celebrations and is meant to promote reconciliation, peace, and forgiveness. Make your own Chinese lantern by reusing items that may be found around your home, such as: Toilet paper tubes Paper Chinese takeout boxes (for a non-traditional “lantern”) More crafts can be found at Red Ted Art. Have a happy Chinese New Year!