Free Printable I Spy Chinese New Year (Hidden Objects)

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Celebrate and learn about the Chinese New Year with our free printable I Spy Chinese New Year games!

Also known as Hidden Objects, this fun game is filled with Chinese zodiac animals and other symbols that are seen throughout the Lunar New Year.

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I Spy Chinese New Year

We have been sharing Chinese New Year Printables since the Year of the Monkey in 2016, and these printables are updated annually to reflect that year’s zodiac animal.

cartoon-style Red and gold dragon

For the Year of the Dragon, we’ve introduced a new printable to the collection—I Spy Chinese New Year!

10 February 2024 is the start of the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Dragon!

Your Chinese zodiac is Dragon if you were born in one of these years: 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 200, 2012, and 2024.

It also happens that the Year of the Dragon was one of the first big things we celebrated on The Purple Pumpkin Blog back in 2012 with a Chinese Banquet!

If you are planning your own dinner party, be sure to take a look at these 50+ Delicious Recipes for Chinese New Year.

And if you’re looking for more fun ways to learn about the Chinese New Year, take a look at our:

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Where are the Free Printables?

  • You will find the download links at the end of this page, surrounded by a purple box outline.
  • Tap the purple download buttons to save the PDF file(s) to your device.
  • You can open this type of file with Adobe Reader.
  • Printables are available in two sizes – A4 and US Letter (8.5″ x 11″). 
  • Download the paper size that is appropriate for your printer or send it to a print shop.
  • UK Readers! No printer? No problem! Get your printables printed and sent to you with Doxzoo.

How To Play I Spy Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year picture search worksheet is split into two sections – the hidden object section has a jumble of different things associated with Chinese New Year to look through and find.

The answer section has a picture of the objects to find and count in the jumbled section, with a box next to it to record how many there are.

We understand that fun knows no age, which is why we offer two levels of difficulty in our I Spy games:

  • Easy I Spy: Perfect for younger kids, featuring 6 different themed objects to find.
  • Hard I Spy: Offers more complexity and 18 symbols to search through, providing a fun challenge for older kids or adults.
  • The answers are on a separate sheet.

You could play the game the other way around – use the answer sheet to look for the number of each object in the jumbled picture section and cross it off or draw a circle around it. There are no hard and fast rules!

These free I Spy printables are fantastic for various settings:

  • Educational Use: Teach students about the Chinese New Year in a fun, interactive way.
  • Family Gatherings: Bring families together with a fun and culturally enriching activity.
  • Community Events: Add a touch of fun to your Chinese New Year celebrations.
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Chinese New Year Symbols

Our bright and colorful printables feature the following symbols, which are great talking points when playing the I Spy game with children at home or in the classroom.

While there are 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac, our hidden object game features 9—the buildable animals that we release annually—we’ll update it next year for the Year of the Snake!

  • Rat
  • Ox
  • Tiger
  • Rabbit
  • Dragon (Easy & Hard)
  • Monkey
  • Rooster
  • Dog
  • Pig
  • Fortune Cat is a symbol of wealth, prosperity, and luck. (Easy Only)
  • Lucky Bamboo is a symbol of prosperity and good fortune. (Easy Only)
  • Mandarin Oranges are a symbol of abundance and happiness. (Easy & Hard)
  • Lucky Coins represent heaven and earth.
  • Firecrackers are used to ward off evil spirits.
  • Red Money Envelopes known as ‘hóngbāo are a traditional gift that signifies good wishes and prosperity.
  • Mandarin Oranges are a symbol of abundance and happiness. (Easy & Hard)
  • Lion Dance is a traditional dance that brings good fortune. (Easy & Hard)
  • Dragon Dance drives away evil spirits.
  • Fortune Cookies aren’t actually Chinese, but they are served in Chinese restaurants around the world.
  • The temple is where people will pray for a fortuitous new year.
  • Fu Character means good luck and fortune.

Benefits of Playing Hidden Object Games (I Spy)

Not only is I Spy a fun game to play, but it’s also a wonderful tool for developing important skills. Kids enhance their visual discrimination skills and pay attention to detail, all while immersed in a game. I Spy games also help to:

  • Build working memory
  • Practice and develop maths skills such as counting, sorting, and comparing
  • Develop visual tracking skills
  • Develop problem-solving skills
  • Language development and increasing vocabulary
  • Learn new things via the images to search.

More Free Hidden Object (I Spy) Printable Activities

If your kids love hidden object games, open these ones next:

We have created over 200+ Free Printables for you to download and use. They include seasonal crafts, decorations, puzzles, coloring sheets, and more!

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The downloads are in the purple box below. Click the purple download button link to save the printable file(s) to your computer.

Download I Spy Chinese New Year Here:

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