I did this story time a few different times in mid-February, as the Lunar New Year was being celebrated. The pics below are from an outreach story time I did at a local preschool. This was a great craft to bring on the road as it travels well and required little (crayons, scissors) from the preschool teachers.
Can you tell I love anything Grace Lin? Bringing in the New Year is short but factual. It has a lot of good info about ways that the Lunar New Year is celebrated. The Seven Chinese Sisters is a book I absolutely love sharing. It may have been a little above this preschool group, but they enjoyed it nonetheless. I will say that it does go over better with kindergardeners and first graders.
I also read Bringing in the New Year to a toddler class, pairing it with Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh. (Probably my favorite snake book of all time.)
This new year is the year of the snake, so I did an old-favorite snake craft. I took big construction paper and with a pencil, drew a coil snake pattern. I trimmed off the extra so the kids were each given a round/oval snake shape to color in. When they were done, they (or a grown up) cut along the pencil line to uncoil the snake. The only thing I would have changed was perhaps making the snakes a big smaller. They were quite long, and as the kids paraded around with them, many of them ripped underfoot. The perfect size would probably be paper plates.