This lovely hand-drawn Chinese New Maze challenges children to help the Chinese rat make his way to the temple.
Year of the Rat Resources
Welcome to our Year of the Rat page! Here you will find all our resources that are specific to Chinese New Year of the Rat.
We also have all sorts of general rat pages to explore, if you want more activities for the kids.
In the Chinese Zodiac, rats are thought to be clever, energetic and charming - and the rat on our colouring page looks as though he has those qualities! Ask the children to grab some pens or crayons and colour him in...
We've hidden the word "rat" many times in this word search puzzle - horizontally, vertically and diagonally. Your job is to find all the rats!
Chinese lanterns in all sorts of lovely bright colours are very much a part of the Chinese New Year celebrations. Colour some in for the Year of the Rat!
A fun printable Year of the Rat poster with words describing rat characteristics - talkative, ambitious, charming, imaginative, energetic, clever and honest.
Colour in this decorative, doodly picture for Year of the Rat. It would be traditional to use pink, orange, red and gold ... but you don't have to be traditional!
The design on this Chinese-style rat is intricate enough to require some careful colouring in! You could could out the finished rat (minus the whiskers) for display or to use as a special bookmark for Chinese New Year - it would look stunning.
Chinese paper cuts are an ancient craft and tradition - and here at Activity Village is a tradition that we do one every year for Chinese New Year. Scroll down to find instructions and a template to produce 2 variations of this rat paper cut.
These super little Year of the Rat bookmarks are fun to give out at Chinese New Year to children born in the Year of the Rat! They list some of the typical Rat characteristics...
Here are 3 large and colourful bookmarks for Year of the Rat with a variety of different styles to choose from. They would make a fun hand-out for Chinese New Year ... perhaps with a lucky coin attached?
Who would have thought that rats could be as cute as this! I have one of these little Year of the Rat bookmarks peeking out of my diary right now and it looks fab!
Print out a card for Chinese New Year, and celebrate the new Year of the Rat! It makes a fun writing project for kids, who could write a message for parents, family or friends...
Here's a fun way for children to practise describing characters and character traits in their writing. Imagine you are writing a script for a television programme and your main character is typical of people born in the Year of the Rat.
Colour in these gorgeous Year of the Rat bookmarks for a fun Chinese New Year activity. You could get the kids to write a message on the back - or just sign and date the back - then laminate them for them to give as gifts to parents, perhaps?
Why not colour in a card to welcome in Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rat? It would make a fun writing activity too, and whoever gets the finished card will appreciate the effort that has gone into it more than a "bought" card!
Here's our fun Year of the Rat colouring page for the kids to colour for Chinese New Year ... with cute rats everywhere!
This cute little colouring page for Year of the Rat is designed for younger children. Who could resist this pretty little rat?
Choose from 3 versions of this super Year of the Rat frame, which is just right for drawing or writing projects to welcome in the new Chinese New Year (or perhaps for children born in the Year of the Rat). And of course the kids can colour in the frame too.
Practise handwriting with this fun Year of the Rat handwriting worksheet, which takes children through the proper formation of the letters from stage to stage and then provides a blank line for them to try it on their own.
Try this How Many Words printable for Year of the Rat as a solo puzzle, group game or timed challenge - however you do it, it's great fun and good practice too.
Help the rat reach the Chinese New Year goodies - lanterns, firecrackers and so on - by finding his way through the maze.
Here's a set of 4 mazes that are just right for younger children. You could encourage them to find the route with their finger first, then trace it in pencil or crayon. Or laminate the page and use a dry wipe pen for repeat use.
This collection of four Year of the Rat mazes are getting quite tricky - perfect for challenging older children. You'll find the solutions on a separate pdf file below.
Decorate the classroom or home with this lovely, colourful Year of the Rat poster - and celebrate the new Chinese New Year!
In colour or black and white, and with lined or handwriting lines, this Year of the Rat story paper is sure to be useful this Chinese New Year.
Have some fun writing about Chinese New Year using this new Year of the Rat writing frame, which comes lined or with handwriting lines for younger kids. Don't forget to colour in the picture!