fun family activities for the chinese new yearsponsored by ling ling disclosure block

Chinese New Year begins on Monday, February 8th (and runs through February 22nd), and 2016 is the Year of the Monkey. If you’re not familiar with the history and traditions of Chinese New Year, you can read all about Chinese New Year, and then celebrate with crafting, food and lots of fun! Here are a few of my family’s favorite Chinese New Year activities:

Egg Carton Dragons Kids Craft for Chinese New YearThese egg carton dragons are a great Chinese New Year craft for kids of all ages, and I love that they utilize recycled materials!


Chinese New Year Dragon

Work together with your entire family to create this impressive paper plate dragon by The Early Years!


Paper Lanterns for Chinese New Year

Create these quick and easy paper lanterns with your children…


…or try your hand at this pretty and sophisticated version by Lia Griffith!



This Monkey Noisemaker Shaker by Make and Takes is perfect for The Year of the Monkey!

CNY red packet printables held Learn about hong bao, the Chinese red envelope tradition, and print these cute modern envelopes from Design is Yay!

ling ling ready to make foodsOf course, no Chinese New Year celebration would be complete without food, and these quick and easy snacks by Ling Ling® Asian Kitchen are ready for your celebration in just minutes! I picked up a couple of these Ling Ling products from the freezer section of my local grocery store, and I had our Chinese New Year party platter ready in no time (with hardly any effort at all!)!
Ling Ling SnacksMy boys are potsticker fanatics, so our Chinese New Year celebrations always include a tray full of Chicken and Vegetable Dumplings and signature dipping sauce. This year we decided to “take a taste adventure,” and we sampled Ling Ling Asian Kitchen Mini Vegetable Spring Rolls with Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce, too.

Ling Ling Potstickers and Rolls for Chinese New YearThe texture of the rolls were perfectly crisp and flaky straight out of the oven, and the sweet chili dipping sauce was a nice accompaniment.

Ling Ling Potstickers for Chinese New YearThey’re great for a Chinese New Year snack or as a light lunch or dinner option any time of year!

Red Candy Dipped and Gold Glittered Fortune Cookies for Chinese New YearWe always finish off our Chinese New Year meal with fortune cookies, and this year I decided to dip our cookies in red candy melts and top them with a sprinkling of gold edible glitter. Aren’t they pretty?!

New Years Eve Glitter Dipped Fortune Cookies Party FavorsThey also make great party favors along with our printable “Good Fortune” treat bag toppers!

For even more Chinese New Year ideas and quick and easy meals, be sure to follow Ling Ling on Facebook and Pinterest!

xoxo Heidi, signature block from Heidi at Happiness Is Homemade

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Ling Ling® Asian Kitchen. The opinions and text are all mine.

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