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Celebrate Chinese (Lunar) New Year With A Year of The Sheep Gong!

sheep gong craft picBang a gong and everyone listens!

Gongs are amazing, loud, inspiring instruments, but where can you find one?  If you have some basic supplies, then you can craft one right in your own home or classroom.  And you can decorate your new gong with a Chinese zodiac symbol or some other creative theme.


Large metal pan (like a recycled pie tin, pizza pan, or a turkey roasting pan)
Pipecleaners or yarn
a smaller pie-tin gongStick, broomstick or long cardboard tube
Paint, stickers, glitter, glue or textured paint for decorating the gong
12 – 18” wooden dowel or wooden spoon (for the drum beater)
Colorful tape (for the drum beater)

Step By Step Directions

You can find step-by-step instructions as a pdf on DARIA’s world music for kids website or in her TeachersPayTeachers store.  Both are free, here:



horse gong imageWhat Year Is It?

In February 2015, we’ve entered into the year of the sheep or the goat.   You can see an image of a ram on the pie tin gong at the top of this post!  But, there are 12 Chinese Zodiac signs so you may also want to use any of the other animals as part of your design.  You might also want to find out what year you were born in.

Take a look at the chart below and you can find out if you are a pig, an ox, a monkey or a rat!

Chinese ZodiacLinks and Resources

Bolang Gu on redMake Your Own Bolang Gu  (Monkey Drum)

Kids Music Videos of Chinese New Year Drums and Celebrations

Two Popular Chinese New Years Songs

“Gong Xi! Gong Xi!” – The Excitement of Chinese New Year


Musical Fun For Chinese New Year!

dragon dance imageHave you ever celebrated Chinese New Year?  It’s almost half a month long and includes great food, exciting activities, family fun and – of course – music!

Want to learn the most popular Chinese New Year song?   Make your own gong?  Find the animal of your birth year in the Chinese Astrology?  Get a great overview of the celebration?

Take a look at the links below for some wonderful fun that you can use to welcome and enjoy the Year of The Horse!

Chinese New Year Resources

horse gong imageLearn A Chinese New Year Song

Make Your Own Gong  +
Discover Your Chinese Zodiac Sign

Erhu - Color ImageColor The Erhu – A Chinese Style Violin

15 Chinese New Year Crafts: Preschool through Elementary from Kid World Citizen

Chinese New Year ScrollsThe Excitement of Chinese New Year by Mandarin Language Instructor, Amanda “Miss Panda”

tingsha on white 1Gongs, Handbells and Singing Bowls: Three Great Instruments For Exploring the Culture of China, Tibet, Nepal and Asia

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