The Chinese culture has always fascinated me, especially the signs of the zodiac. Download our free printable Chinese zodiac coloring pages for kids and work out which one you are.
I have added the most recent years for each of the animals so you can work it out.
The Chinese New Year in 2023 falls on January 22nd, but this changes each year depending on the full moon. So it will be sometime between January and February each year.
There are many stories about how the Chinese Zodiac came about, but my favorite is when the Jade Emperor wanted to select 12 animals to be his guards. He proclaimed that the animals that arrived first would have a better ranking. Therefore the order of zodiac signs that we know now was supposedly the order in which the animals arrived.
I have added the order of the Chinese zodiac animals below along with the Chinese zodiac coloring pages for kids.
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Chinese Zodiac Coloring Pages for Kids
The kids are going to enjoy coloring in these Chinese New Year images.
Print out the coloring pages below, it will print out on 13 full pages. Make sure to check the printer settings.
You can of course print this on normal printer paper, but with all of our crafts, they always look better on cardstock.
This free coloring set includes 13 pages:
The first page is just the cover for the Chinese zodiac animals. I highly recommend getting a copy of the Great Race book it will make a great read aloud.
The year of the rat is the first sign of the zodiac. The sneaky rat who could not swim hopped on the back of the ox who kindly offered to carry him, he then sprinted ahead to win the race.
The ox came second.
The tiger came in third.
Then hopped the rabbit securing fourth place. I think you will also enjoy our free rabbit handprint template.
Everyone thought the dragon would win the race as he could fly, but legend has it that he helped some villagers and the rabbit before landing 5th place.
The snake was 6th after wrapping itself around the horse.
The horse came in 7th place after being scared by the sneaky snake.
Soon after, the monkey, the rooster, and the sheep landed onto the shore. Unlike some of the previous animals, these three actually helped each other to get to the finish line. The rooster found a raft, and the monkey and sheep hopped on. Working hard together through the water currents and the weeds, they reached the shore. The sheep came in 8th place.
The monkey came in ninth place, and the rooster arrived in tenth place. I think you will enjoy our monkey handprint template.
Even though the dog was a great swimmer, it was late. It told the emperor that it needed a bath, and the freshwater from the river was too tempting. So he came in 11th place.
Just as the emperor was about to close the race the lazy little pig arrived in 12th place. The pig felt hungry in the middle of the race, so it stopped, ate something, and then fell asleep.
Free Printable Chinese Zodiac Animals
Make sure you choose the correct paper size and click on the shrink to fit button. All of our printables work better when printed on cardstock (this is the one we use and love.)
I think you will also enjoy our alphabet animals coloring pages.
What is your Chinese zodiac animal, mine is the snake. Let me know in the comments.
Last Updated on 19 August 2022 by homeschoolof1