Celebrate 2016, Year of the Monkey with a mask making activity: download a printable Chinese New Year monkey mask!
The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar, so the dates change from year to year. This year Chinese New Year falls on the 8th of February and 2016 is the year of the monkey!
The monkey is the 9th animal in 12 Chinese zodiac signs, all characterised by animals. People born in the Year of the Monkey are characterised as quick-witted, curious, innovative and mischievous. The last Year of the Monkey was in 2004 and the next will be in 2028.
As you know we love all types of animal masks at Happythought, so we were excited at the idea of making a monkey mask to celebrate the Year of the Monkey. The instant download also includes a black and white version to color-in. We hope you like it. Happy New Year to all you monkeys!
How to make your printable paper monkey mask
You will need scissors, a glue stick, masking tape and some ribbon. For a longer lasting mask, print your template on to a slightly heavier stock paper. Carefully cut out the mask, ears and eye holes.
Glue the middle panels together with your glue stick.
Next stick the two side panels. Bend the nose out as shown and glue the small tab at the bottom.
Glue the small tabs on the ears and attach them to the reverse of the mask with glue.
Attach a length of ribbon to either side of your mask. You can glue it in place, then stick with masking tape for a really firm hold.
Hooray! Your Monkey mask is ready! Happy Chinese new Year!
Download the templates here – https://happythought.co.uk/product/chinese-new-year-monkey-mask-template
Year of the Monkey
Months: The Chinese lunar months 8 and 12
The 12 animal signs in Chinese astrology each have unique characteristics:
Rat: Intelligent, adaptable, quick-witted, charming, artistic, sociable.
Ox: Loyal, reliable, thorough, strong, reasonable, steady, determined.
Tiger: Enthusiastic, courageous, ambitious, leadership, confidence, charismatic.
Rabbit: Trustworthy, empathic, modest, diplomatic, sincere, sociable, caretakers.
Dragon: Lucky, flexible, eccentric, imaginative, artistic, spiritual, charismatic.
Snake: Philosophical, organized, intelligent, intuitive, elegant, attentive, decisive.
Horse: Adaptable, loyal, courageous, ambitious, intelligent, adventurous, strong.
Sheep: Tasteful, crafty, warm, elegant, charming, intuitive, sensitive, calm.
Monkey: Quick-witted, charming, lucky, adaptable, bright, versatile, lively, smart.
Rooster: Honest, energetic, intelligent, flamboyant, flexible, diverse, confident.
Dog: Loyal, sociable, courageous, diligent, steady, lively, adaptable, smart.
Pig: Honorable, philanthropic, determined, optimistic, sincere, sociable.
新年好 – New Year goodness