Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

2014: Year of the Horse {Craft Round Up}

It is 2014, and according to the lunar calendar, as of January 31st, we will be headed into the Year of the Horse. 

The Horse year is considered fortunate, bringing good luck, unexpected adventures, and victories. 

Horses are a favorite animal of the Chinese. They are a symbol of nobility, travel and perseverance. 

It is believed that those born in the year of the horse (2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966,1954, 1942* ) are active, energetic and like to be in a crowd. They don't like to be confined, are free spirited, and become rebellious if they feel their freedom is being constrained. They are proud, stubborn, sweet natured, generous and impulsive. They pay attention to appearance and style, and they like extravagance. 

Elle was born under the sign of the horse, and I can't help but notice that the description bears an uncanny resemblance to her!

*Based on the lunar calendar, lunar years start and end on different dates each year, sometime in January or February. If you were born in either month, your "year" may be different than you think. You can find out which sign you were born under here

Making a horse craft is a great way to prepare for the Lunar New Year and bring forth a lucky 2014! 

Tina Kraus at Faltmanufaktur offers the printable design and instructions to make this gorgeous, colorful paper horse.

Let's Go Fly A Kite crafted these horses with recycled materials and lucky money envelopes.

Craftiments offers a tutorial and free printable template to make your own Year of the Horse paper cutting. We made a few of these as part of our Chinese Papercutting, and Elle, having been born in the year of the horse, made one as a keepsake.

Mer Mag made these gorgeous cardboard horses with the printable pattern and great instructions found at Ann Wood Handmade. 

The Japanese site Papermodel offers this adorable printable horse.

Inna's Creations offers simple instructions to make this cute cork horse.

Activity Village also offers Year of the Horse printable cards, posters and coloring pages. 


  1. Thank you for including my paper cutting!

    1. Thank you Kirstin, the template is just perfect. Glad to have come across it!

  2. What an amazing collection of activities. Makes me want to do China all over again!

    1. There are some pretty great ideas out there - what would I do without the internet??


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