As part of Chinese New Year tradition, children
receive special attention - new clothes, and new shoes. They also
receive gifts of money in red paper envelopes called licee.
Parents distribute them on New Year's Eve when children put the
licee under their pillows for
are also given on other happy celebrations and occasions. For example,
there are special envelopes for weddings, birthdays, and bon voyage
gifts. The red envelopes with their gold designs symbolize happiness
In this activity, each student constructs a licee
and decorates it with a Chinese symbol of an ancient coin or of
tangerines. Instead of filling the envelope with money, they write
a message describing a special job they will do at home and insert
the note into the licee as a
gift for their parent(s).
One red paper with the printed pattern outlines
per student (Students can color envelope red if pattern is printed
on white paper)
Small pieces of gold or yellow paper for design.
Small strips of yellow paper for writing messages to fit inside
The ancient coin design
1. Use pattern to cut out the red envelope along solid lines.
2. Fold on the dotted lines and glue where indicated.
3. Trace ancient coin or tangerine design on a small piece of gold
4. Cut and glue design to the front of the red envelope.
5. Write a message describing the job that you will do as a gift
for your parent(s).
6. Insert the message into the red envelope.