Chinese New Year Memory Game Printable (free)

Chinese New Year memory game printables offer a colorful and engaging way to celebrate the rich traditions and vibrant festivities associated with Chinese New Year.

These Chinese New Year free printables are not only perfect for children to develop their memory and cognitive skills but also serve as a fun educational tool to learn about the animals of Chinese New Year.

Incorporating colorful illustrations of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. These memory games are designed to capture the essence of the celebration. Making them an ideal activity for family gatherings, classroom settings, or cultural exploration at home.

There are 12 different Chinese zodiac animals to print out, and you can design the back however you want.

chinese new year memory game printable

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Chinese New Year Matching Game

Test your memory and celebrate the Lunar New Year by matching beautifully designed Chinese zodiac symbols, in this fun and educational game.

Printable memory games are great for preschoolers and younger kids, but I have to admit I love them too. They are such a simple game, and the first ever game my son won. Really won, not when I let him! Kids’ memories are generally better than ours and the excitement they get when they beat you is adorable.

Supplies needed:

How to set up the memory game?

Download the Chinese New Year memory game below. There is 1 page included with 12 different images on and it will print out in portrait. Make sure to check the printer settings.

You will need to print the page twice, so you can match the images.

chinese new year memory game printable

Have fun with Chinese zodiac coloring pages

We like to decorate the back of the images. So cut around the border around the edge so you are just left with the 12 images. Then just grab your coloring pens (these are the ones we love and use all the time) and have fun.

The back of chinese new year matching game printable with colorful squiggles

When you have printed the 2 pages you will need to cut out all of the different images. I prefer to use a paper cutter as it’s easier, quicker, and more accurate, but scissors will work too.

cutting with a paper cutter the free chinese new year matching game

Now you will have two sets of 12.

Shuffle them up and lay them on the table face down in rows to make it easier, or just randomly on the table for older kids.

When the kids have finished this they will love our free Chinese New Year word scramble.

If you are placing them in rows I find 6 rows with 4 images each works best.

free chinese new year memory game

Playing the game is simple. Take it, in turn, to turn over only 2 images. If it is a match you can either remove them from the game and place them in front of you or leave them turned over face up.

The winner is the person who creates the most matches.

We also love this I never forget a face memory game with 24 pairs to match.

You will love our free New Year’s memory game printable.

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Need to print later? Add this to your Pinterest board or share it on Facebook. You’ll have it handy whenever you’re ready to use it!

Download the Lunar New Year Memory Game Printable

Make sure you choose the correct paper size and click on the shrink to fit button. All of our free printables for kids work better when printed on cardstock (this is the one we use and love.)

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Last Updated on 4 February 2024 by Clare Brown

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