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Year of the Rat Activities for Kids

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Do you know what animal is going to be celebrated in 2020 according to the Chinese Zodiac? It is the Year of the Rat, which is the first of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar.

You and your children will love learning about and celebrating Chinese New Year with these Chinese Year of the Rat Activities for Kids!

The Rat Chinese New Year Activities for Children

According to the Chinese Zodiac, if you were born in the Year of the Rat:

  • 1924
  • 1936
  • 1948
  • 1960
  • 1972
  • 1984
  • 1996
  • 2008
  • 2020

it is said that you are intelligent, charming and quick-witted.

Rat Activities

Do you have a group of people wanting to play a game? Then check out this Chinese New Year Bingo which features a total of 10 different playing cards from Gift of Curiosity.

Have you considered having a rat as a pet? Learn all about raising your own pet rat with resources from Animallama

Get your kids up and moving with this Chinese Zodiac Game with variations for all ages from All Done Monkey.

Your child will enjoy learning to spell the names of the animals related to the Chinese zodiac with a free printable pack from Every Star is Different.

You can use this rat jigsaw puzzle from First School to practice hand eye coordination.

Keep your kids moving with zodiac yoga poses from suggestion by Carrots are Orange.

Chinese New Year Activities for Kids The Rat

Rat Printables

Do your children enjoy coloring and making their own cards? They will have fun making this pop-op rat card just in time for Chinese New Year’s from Red Ted Art.

If your child wants a simpler coloring project then this coloring page from Kiddy Charts should do the trick. All twelve Chinese Zodiac animals are included but you can just print the ones you want. 

You can find a handful of fun rat printables on the Activity Village website from simple coloring pages to worksheets to fill in when your child learns about rats!

If you don’t mind having rats in the house then these rat silhouettes would be a great project for your family. Deep Space Sparkle even provides a free printable to make this project easier!

Use a few rat printables from DLTK Kids to enhance your child’s play or understanding of this year’s Chinese zodiac animal.

year of the rat activities for kids

Rat Crafts

Your teens might enjoy the wow factor with these Rat Earphones from Craftbits that can be made in under 5 minutes! You gotta love super simple crafts for teens.

Print off this Chinese zodiac rat mask from Education and allow your child to pretend to be a rat for the day.

Use paper to create your own rat finger puppet with simple instructions from Red Ted Art!

Rat Books and Stories

Have you ever heard of Cyril and Pat? These two animals are an unusual pair that become great friends. Enjoy a cute rat toilet paper roll craft from Crafts on Sea.

Learn all about the Chinese New Year story which includes a link to printables for your own storytelling fun shared by Adventures and Play!

If your child loves books then reading Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems and creating this magnetic paper doll dress-up activity from Crafty Moms Share might be a big hit with your toddler or preschooler.

teach your children about the Year of the Rat

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