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The Chinese New Year celebrates the beginning of a new year in the Chinese Zodiac, which associates each year in a 12-year cycle with a different animal.

We provide a few new activities on the theme of the current Chinese Zodiac animal every year. Depending on the year you were born, there are different attributes associated with you. Select from the dropdown to see what year you were born into! Or see what upcoming years will be!


Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year

Chinese Zodiac Story

Year of the Rat Activities

Year of the Dog

Year of the Rooster

Year of the Monkey

Games and Songs

Chinese Numbers


Chinese New Year Ideas

Aistear Observations

Download and print out these observation sheets to make individual observations. The Aistear framework specifies that your curriculum should always be responsive to the children's interests. Use our curriculum plans as a starting point and then be led by the children to plan future curriculum and discussions. Sample observation sheet »

By using observation sheets, you have well-documented evidence that you are working within the Aistear guidelines.

Aistear Observation Sheet

Aistear/Montessori Observation Sheet

Weekly Observations (Simple)

Weekly Observations (Detailed)