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Chinese language New 12 months Sensory Bin Concepts

January 10, 2023
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Create a Chinese New Year Sensory Bin as you learn about the Chinese New Year with your child. We’ve put together a collection of adorable Chinese New Year Sensory Bin Ideas. They are sure to be a big hit!

Plus we’ve included a few fun Chinese New Year Books to go along with the fun.

Collection of Chinese New Year Sensory Bin Ideas

Chinese New Year Sensory Bins

We were inspired by the traditional of the Chinese New Year to share with you these 3 adorable Chinese New Year Sensory Bin Ideas.

They were shared with us from one of our Virtual Book Club for Kids members, you can follow her on instagram as Little Miss Kaye

Each of the sensory bins allows your child to explore some of the traditions and items you’ll see families doing to celebrate this special day.

Disclosure: We’d included Amazon affiliate links to easily shop for these items to set up your own sensory bins at home or in your school.

Child with chopsticks and pompom for Chinese New Year Activity

The book Maggie’s Chopsticks shares an inspiring message to young children about the importance of being true to yourself as you navigate the challenges of growing up.

Maggie’s Chopsticks by Alan Woo

The colorful illustrations capture the family dynamics between the different personalities and beautifully portraying details of a traditional Chinese New Year gathering.

This book is a wonderful resource makes a perfect read-aloud during classroom observances of Chinese New Year. A few Chinese words are even included within the story, with translations and phonetic spellings provided in the front of the book.

Maggie's Chopsticks book with practice chopsticks and red and yellow pom poms in silver bowl

Chopsticks Sensory Bin

For this chopsticks sensory bin activity encourage your child to practice their chopsticks skills by transferring sparkly pom-poms into a bowl using training chopsticks. 

  • 7-Inch 4 Acacia Wood Bowl Set
  • RaoHello Kitty Brain Training Children Kids Right Handed Chopsticks
  • 100pcs Red Glitter Tinsel Pom Poms Sparkle Balls
  • 100pcs Yellow Glitter Tinsel Pom Poms
  • Shredded Paper/ Decor Gift Box Filler (red)

Young girls learning to use chopsticks with red and yellow pom poms in silver bowl

This Chinese New Year is the year of the Ox. These Feng Shui Coins with Chinese Knot have this adorable Chinese ox on this to make this even extra special for the year of 2021.

6 Pieces Chinese New Year Ox Year Charm Decorations 2021 Chinese Feng Shui Coins Chinese Knot Lucky Coins Hanging Pendants for New Year

Chinese New Year Sensory Bin with Black Beans and Golden items and red envelope

Red and Gold Sensory Bin

Red and gold are the traditional colors associated with Chinese New Year so you can set up a simple bin of red and gold items for sensory play, using black beans as a filler.

The color red symbolizes good luck and the color gold symbolizes wealth.

Mini Ignots

White Storage Bin

Chinese New Year Hanging Coins and Knots

Chinese New year Coins

  • 20 Pcs Lucky Money Golden Tone Ingot
  • Open Bin Storage Basket White
  • Golden Chinese Feng Shui Ingot by Asian Home
  • 8 Set Chinese Five Coins Feng Shui Tassel Hanging
  • 50 Pieces Chinese Good Luck Fortune Coins

Chinese New Year Montessori Sweeping Activity for Preschoolers

Montessori-inspired Sweeping Sensory Bin

For days leading up to the Chinese New Year, we carry out a complete sweeping of the house to sweep away the “old year” (bad luck) and welcome the New Year.

Young girl using small broom on wooden tray for Chinese New Year Activity

For this activity, the child pours red sparkly pom-poms (dirt) onto a marked square, and sweeps them using a mini broom and dustpan. 

  • Bamber Wood Rectangular Serving Trays, 13.4 x 9 Inches
  • Natural Whisk Sweeping Hand Handle Broom
  • 100pcs Red Glitter Tinsel Pom Poms Sparkle Balls
  • Red Paper Tape Set

Wooden tray with small broom and red pom pom for Chinese New Year activity

Young girl using small broom on wooden tray for Chinese New Year Activity

Hope that you have fun setting up these Chinese New Year Sensory Bin Ideas with your child as you welcome the new year.

Chinese Zodiac Safari Toob Set

Toob Chinese Zodiac Animal Set

Here are a few more book suggestions to go along with these ideas.

My First Chinese New Year (My First Holiday) by Karen Katz

Bringing In the New Year by Grace Lin

Here are some Additional Chinese New Year Books for Kids

Book covers featuring books about the Chinese New year for ids


What is the Chinese New Year

The festival lasts for about 23 days, ending on the 15th day of the first lunar month in the following year in the Chinese calendar.

The Chinese New Year is a Chinese festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. This festival has a history of over 3,000 years.

Click here to see when it will be celebrated this year.

The main Chinese New Year activities include

  • putting up decorations
  • eating reunion dinner with family on New Year’s Eve
  • firecrackers and fireworks
  • giving red envelopes and other gifts

If you’re looking for more ideas check out these Chinese New Year Activities and Chinese New Year Books with your child.

Collection of Chinese New Year Activities for Kids with with boos and activities


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