Chinese Culture for Kids Series: Chinese New Year Craft – Make a “Fú 福” Lucky Word Sign

Getting ready for the year of the rooster

Getting ready for the year of the Gold Rooster with a lucky word sign!

Your Chinese animal birth sign is chicken/rooster if the birth years are in

2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957, 1945, 1933, 1921.

It will be a 12-year increment so the ages will  be 0, 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, 84, 96, 108. 

Chinese people might ask about your birth sign and figure out how old you are.  It is a math game!  Try it out.



Chinese New Year Greetings and Crafts

Miss Panda Chinese theme-based learning unit: Chinese New Year Greetings and Crafts


Chinese people put red banners with lucky words, phrases and sentences on their front doors, as well as their interior doors, to welcome the Chinese Lunar New Year.  These red banners and lucky word signs are called “chūn lián” (春聯). The paper for the banners is always red, while the words are in gold or black.  The Chinese regard red as an auspicious color.

Follow along below to see how you can make your own Lucky Word Sign with the character “Fú.”  This is the most popular and most auspicious Chinese character that you must know for the Chinese Lunar New Year.


Miss Panda Chinese New Year Lucky Word Sign: Fu 福


What you need:

1. Print out the coloring page on a piece of red paper. I always use red stock papers for this class project.

2. A gold metallic marker. I also have silver ones for the children to try.

Go creative and try glue with gold glitter – They come out very pretty with a 3D style.

Gold and Silver Gel pens – Use Silver for outline and Gold for filling.  It sure makes the lucky sign look like an art!

3. A pair of scissors


Miss Panda Chinese - Craft - FU Character

Lucky Word Sign Printable

We first color the Chinese character with a gold marker.  You can add any design you like in the diamond to be creative. Then we cut out the diamond and your lucky “Fú” word sign is ready!

Miss Panda Chinese- Chinese New Year Craft

Do you know:

The Chinese character Fú means “good fortune”, “good luck”, and “blessings!”  You will see this character everywhere, even on Red Envelopes.  This is a must-know Chinese character, especially during the Chinese New Year!

Now choose a door and put it up. Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy and wonderful Year of the Rooster  雞年|鸡年- jī nían!


Check out Miss Panda’s Chinese Lunar New Year Greetings & Crafts Unit with culture highlights for more hands-on language and culture language activities!

Plan a Children’s Chinese Lunar New Year Party with Chinese New Year Greetings & Crafts Unit!

Chinese New Year Greetings and Crafts

Chinese New Year Greetings and Crafts learning unit with culture highlights




Chinese New Year | Multicultural Kid Blogs

Welcome to our third annual Chinese New Year blog hop! Lunar New Year, more commonly known as Chinese New Year, starts on January 28. It is the beginning of the Year of the Rooster, and we have lots of great ideas for celebrating it with kids! Don’t miss our series from last year and 2015, and you can find even more on our Chinese New Year Pinterest board:

Participating Blogs

The Dumpling Mama on Multicultural Kid Blogs
Bicultural Mama
Crafty Moms Share
Miss Panda Chinese
Living Ideas
Creative World of Varya
The Mommy Factor









  1. Now this is a bit of craft I can’t get wrong, lol. Lovely.

  2. Looks great, and will help us remember those lovely phrases, thanks for the idea!

  3. Great tutorial and template! Thanks for sharing!

  4. This is something that I will need to pin for next year’s Chinese New Year cultural playdate. Thank you so much for linking at the Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop #3.

    • Great! It has always been a pleasure participating in the Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop. So many wonderful ideas from creative Moms! Thank you!

  5. What a great printable! Thank you for sharing it at the Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop!

  6. What a great way to learn about Chinese New Year! Thanks so much for sharing!

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