These free printable Chinese zodiac animal themed dot marker pages are a fun activity for a unit theme about the Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year. The set includes all 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac in black and white. I hope you enjoy!
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This set of free dot printables are a fun way for little hands to practice fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. They're a great quiet activity for rainy days (or snowy ones!) that can be used at home or in the classroom.
These dot marker painting pages for the Chinese New Year are great for homeschool preschool lesson plans, morning work, independent work, fine motor centers, and more.
If you'd prefer a colorful set of dot painting printables, please get this set of Chinese Zodiac animal dot marker pages in full color.
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What's the difference between the Chinese New Year and Lunar New Year?
The terms Chinese New Year and Lunar New Year are not exactly interchangeable and they've both created some controversy in recent years.
In short, Chinese New Year is a specific term and Lunar New Year is a general one that can refer to any Lunar New Year celebration. The Chinese New Year is a Lunar New Year celebration, but not the only one. (For example, the Vietnamese Lunar Near Year holiday is called Tet.)
The Chinese New Year is typically celebrated on the second new moon after the winter solstice.
Some countries and cultures celebrate a lunar new year on the Chinese New Year date. Other countries/cultures celebrate on the first new moon after the Winter Solstice, and some have an entirely different date (for example, the Thai New Year on April 13). Each region has its own specific foods and traditions for their Lunar New Year celebration.
Many Asian Lunar New Year celebrations include major elements of the Chinese New Year tradition, such as fireworks and the color red. Many, but not all, Asian countries use the Chinese Zodiac animal system.
These Chinese Zodiac animal dot painting pages could be appropriate for a Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year lesson theme, depending on what you're teaching and what holiday you're focused on.
The book The Great Race is a fun introduction to the Chinese zodiac for little learners. The Great Race tells the story of the Chinese zodiac animals in simplified Chinese, Pinyin, and English.
When you purchase the book, you gain access to an audio recording in Mandarin to help with pronunciation or to expose your child to the sounds of another language.
- Lee, Ling (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- 37 Pages - 12/03/2020 (Publication Date) - Independently published (Publisher)
What is a dot painting printable?
Dot pages, frequently called dot painting pages or do a dot pages or the popular Do a Dot marker brand, are coloring pages with blank circles for young children to fill in with bingo markers or colorful dots stickers.
Dot marker painting pages are no-prep for you and developmentally appropriate for young children.
Dot marker pages are an easy way to keep young learners occupied on the go, screen-free, when you use round stickers instead of bingo daubers. Dot stickers are inexpensive (you get thousands for just a few dollars!) and build finger strength and hand eye coordination.
At home or in the classroom, you can give your child extra hand dexterity practice by having them use plastic chips or pom poms to cover each circle on the dot worksheets. For an even bigger challenge, you have your child/students place each pom pom with plastic tweezers or toast tongs.
How to use dot marker pages
These black and white worksheets are easy on your printer ink or copy budget.
The blank circles on the worksheets are perfectly sized for popular dot marker brands like Do a Dot markers and Doodle Hog.
Doodle Hog markers are easier for little kids to grasp and they have a couple of small ridges on the cap that make it easier for little fingers to open and close the markers. At the time of writing, they're also a better per unit price than the Do a Dot brand.
I still think Do a Dot is an outstanding brand, but Doodle Hogs are easier for kids to use and a better value.
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I filmed a quick video highlighting these dot markers to show why we're loving them. (This post is not sponsored - I bought the Doodle Hog markers with my own money.)
If you want to use stickers with these free worksheets, make sure to get ¾" round stickers. We like this brand because you get thousands (yes, thousands!) of stickers for just a few dollars and they come with a zipper pouch for storage.
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Free Chinese zodiac animal theme dot it pages download
This set of Chinese zodiac animal themed dot marker pages includes 12 sheets - one of reach animal of the zodiac cycle. Each image has its own page in the PDF. Here's a preview of what's included:
Like other preschool printables on The Artisan Life, these are for personal and single classroom use. This includes use with scout groups, homeschool co-ops, library activities, your own therapy clients, etc.
You are not licensed to sell, or redistribute, the files to other adults for use with their students/children. This includes posting them for sale or download on other websites. Instead, please refer them to this post so they can download their own copies.
I hope you enjoy using these Chinese New Year dot painting pages with your child/students! Be sure to check out these additional dot marker printables for little learners: