Chinese New Year Crosswords, Word Searches, and Puzzles for Kids

Celebrate or Learn About the Chinese New Year With These Games

Red paper lantern for Chinese New Year

Kids can improve their spelling as well as learn new words with these easy to challenging word search puzzles spotlighting the Chinese New Year, celebrated each year on the new moon of the first lunar month.

Chinese New Year Word Search Printables

For offline solving, we have a selection of word search worksheets to print and solve. The puzzles are listed in order of difficulty, from the easiest to the most challenging.

  • Chinese New Year Word Search - Ten words related to the holiday are hidden in a small grid. Good for beginners.
  • Chinese Horoscope Word Search - The names of the twelve animals representing the zodiac signs of the Chinese horoscope are featured in this word puzzle. Though the words to find are fairly short, they are hidden in a medium-sized grid of letters, making this game better suited to elementary level students.
  • Chinese Zodiac Word Search - Probably the most challenging game in this section, this game features only 12 words, but they are hidden in a large jumble of letters.

Online Word Search Puzzles for the Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year Crosswords

Children and second language learners can learn and practice new vocabulary in an entertaining way with these easy to challenging crossword puzzles celebrating Chinese culture and the annual, 15-day New Year festival.

These themed crossword puzzles use the freeform format and are listed in order of difficulty, from the easiest to the most challenging. Unless indicated otherwise, they are print only.

  • Chinese New Year Crossword Puzzle Worksheet - Here's an easy crossword game with which to test your knowledge of the Chinese New Year celebration. The puzzle uses nine themed entries in a freeform grid and features cute artwork depicting symbols of the Chinese New Year. The solution appears upside-down on the bottom of the worksheet.
  • Chinese New Year - Crossword Puzzle - This easy interactive crossword game has 10 themed entries, most of them fairly short. There's a hint feature if you get stuck. Play online.
  • Chinese New Year Criss-Cross - Two themed crossword games are featured here; an easy crossword game using nine words in a freeform grid as well as a more challenging puzzle with 14 entries.
  • Chinese New Years Crossword - This freeform-style crossword puzzle features 19 themed entries, some of which are fairly long. The list of words that appear in the puzzle is provided as a solving aid. A good choice for elementary level students.
  • Chinese New Year - In this crossword puzzle, the word is already given. The challenge is to figure out where to place it in the grid. The puzzle uses a list of 23 words and the solution is provided.
  • Chinese New Year Crossword - This challenging crossword game featuring 34 themed entries is better suited to adults. With a large number of vocabulary words, this puzzle is a good choice for ESL students to practice their Chinese New Year vocabulary. Solution provided.

Chinese New Year Jigsaw Puzzles

These free jigsaw puzzles all have themes related to the country of China, the animals that inhabit it, cultural celebrations such as the Chinese New Year and scenic vistas.

  • Panda Jigsaw Puzzle (40 pcs) - A slightly more difficult jigsaw game to puzzle through.
  • Tiger Jigsaw Puzzle (35 pcs) - One of the animals featured in the Chinese horoscope sits prettily while you piece him together.

Chinese New Year Maze Puzzles

Children will enjoy finding their way through the themed labyrinth puzzles or testing their knowledge of fun facts related to the Chinese New Year. We also show you where to find spot-the-difference games featuring various symbols associated with the Chinese New Year.

Maze puzzles are a great activity to help children develop strategic planning and problem-solving skills. Below, you'll find a couple of printable maze activities for young puzzlers.

  • Chinese Maze Puzzle - Help the rat find his way to the temple in this print-friendly maze game.
  • Chinese New Year Maze Game - In this maze puzzle, students help the Chinese children navigate their way to the lucky red envelopes.

Chinese New Year Quiz Games

  • Chinese New Year Quiz - From the BBC, an easy, five-question quiz with some interesting Chinese New Year facts.
  • Chinese New Year Quiz - Test your knowledge of Chinese New Year beliefs and traditions with this 10-question trivia quiz.

Chinese New Year Spot the Differences

These printable spot-the-difference puzzles are an excellent way for children to test and develop their observation skills.

  • Chinese Scene Spot the Difference - The challenge is to find the differences between the two sketches of a Chinese scene. Unfortunately, there's nothing to indicated how many differences you're supposed to find and there's no solution to the puzzle.
  • Chinese New Year Spot the Difference - This very easy spot-the-difference game is perfect for preschoolers and primary school students. However, you need to register (it's free) to download and print the game.

Chinese New Year Dot-to-Dots

Young children just learning their numbers can practice them with these easy themed connect-the-dot games, while older ones with a good knowledge of their ABCs can try rearranging the jumbled letters to form words related to the Chinese New Year.

Below you'll find printable dot-to-dot games ranging in difficulty from very easy to fairly challenging.

  • Chinese New Year Dot-to-Dot Puzzle (to 16) - Help the dragon "save face" in this printable connect-the-dots game.
  • Chinese New Year Dot To Dots - Activity Village has several connect-the-dot puzzles with themes related to the Chinese New Year, such as Chinese lanterns, Chinese fans, red packets and some of the animals represented in the Chinese zodiac. Most of these are quite easy, but there's also a more difficult puzzle for older kids that goes up to 105.
  • Chinese New Year Dot to Dot Game - Connect the 40 dots to arrive at a picture of one of the animals that make up the Chinese zodiac.
  • Chinese New Year Dot to Dot Game - In this easy counting game, you need to connect the 29 dots to form a picture of a common Chinese decorative item.

Chinese New Year Word Scrambles

To solve these easy anagram games, you must rearrange the letters to form a word or phrase related to the Chinese New Year celebration.

  • Animals of the Chinese Zodiac Word Scramble - The names of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac are featured in this printable anagram game.
  • Chinese New Year Word Jumble - Unscramble the 20 themed entries in this free anagram game. Play it online or print and solve on paper. The list of words is provided on the bottom of the sheet and the solution is also available.
  • Chinese New Year Word Scramble - This interactive game features a short word list of some of the animals featured in the Chinese zodiac.
  • Chinese New Year Word Scramble - This site allows you to create your own printable word scramble worksheet. You can use the predetermined word list or modify it to your own taste.

Miscellaneous Chinese New Year Games

  • Chinese Zodiac Concentration - Here's a fun little game to exercise your memory. See if you can pair together the animals from the Chinese Zodiac in this interactive puzzle game.

I hope you and your children have enjoyed these free puzzles and games celebrating the Chinese New Year and the various traditions associated with it. Here's wishing you a Happy Chinese New Year!