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Year of the Rooster 2017

by Jenna Gleason

Celebrate this Lunar New Year with a fun, simple and cheap Chinese New Year craft for kids! 2017 is the year of the rooster, and this craft emphasizes the lucky colors and excitement surrounding the festival. Roosters are active, amusing and popular among the crowd, and according to Chinese culture, babies born in this year are hardworking, resourceful, courageous and talented. Let's start the new year off with a celebration of the rooster.


Red, orange, yellow, black, brown and white construction paper



1 Pipe Cleaner (Color of your choosing)

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Cut out the circle head of the rooster on white construction paper (keep it proportional to all of the pieces you will be cutting out). Next cut out the round eye of the rooster using black construction paper. Tape the eye off to one side of the rooster’s head. Using the orange construction paper, cut out the triangle beak and tape it near the eye.

Next, cut out the comb on red construction paper and tape that to the top of the roosters head. For the tail, cut out 1/2 inch thick strips of the construction paper about 8 inches long. With every strip, tape the ends together to make an oval shape. Place each individually on the rooster to form it's tail.


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To add feathered wings, simply cut out three different colored "B's" in various sizes (this should make it look like layered feathers). Curl the ends of the "B's" and tape them to the side of your roosters stomach.

Lastly, for the feet, bend your pipe cleaner in a zigzag formation, then in half, and tape it to the bottom center. Cut out your rooster feet in any color and tape them to the ends of the pipe cleaner. You are done! To hang this decoration, simply tape a ribbon or strip on the back of the rooster so it can hang.

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Jenna is a staff writer and production assistant at Creative Child Magazine. She is currently attending University of Nevada - Las Vegas.

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