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[Chinese New Year Craft Activity] How to Make a Lucky Fish Poster


The fish(鱼yú)is a pun for ‘abundance’, ‘surplus’ or ‘plenty’ in Chinese language. Hence in Chinese culture fish has always been an auspicious symbol for centuries. We often see a lot of them around Chinese New Year when people hope to have a lucky start of the year.

This activity is for children to learn about the symbolic meaning of fish in Chinese culture and create their own lucky fish poster to celebrate the start of Chinese Lunar New Year.

To make this poster you will need: 

  1. Craft paper: red x 1; yellow (gold) x 1; assorted colours x 3 of your choice. Note: red and yellow are the key festive colours of Chinese New Year.
  2. A pencil
  3. A pair of scissors
  4. Glue
  5. A round bowl or small dish
  6. A small bottle cap
  7. Googly eyes x 2 (non-essential as you can draw the fish eyes!)  

To read step by step instructions please click here to visit the official website of The Royal Museums Greenwich.

Or, watch the video tutorial which provides a one-minute-long guide. Go crafty!  

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Commissioned by The National Maritime Museum Greenwich

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