Here’s an a-moo-zing easy-to-follow guide that will teach you how to draw a cow for kids in minutes!

Chinese New Year 2021 is the Year of the Ox! Let’s explore this animal zodiac by drawing a cow.   

Celebrate safely at home with your kids and check out this fun activity!

Now, grab your pencil and paper, and let’s go!

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A vector image of a cow with red, orange, and pink floral patterns.

Lunar New Year 2021 – The Year of the Ox (Cow)

Chinese New Year 2021 is the Year of the Ox! It starts on February 12, 2021, and will last until  January 31, 2022. The next Year of the Ox will be in 2033. 

Why is it Year of the Metal Ox?

The Lunar New Year 2021 animal is the ox. Aside from the animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, there is also a cycle of five important elements – wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. 

The cycle falls in the metal for the year 2021. 

Ox and the other Chinese zodiac animals

The Ox is the second in the 12-year cycle of the
Chinese zodiac animals

The other zodiac signs, in order (from left to right), are:

Are you born in the Year of the Ox?

Not sure if you were born in the year of the Ox? Here are the previous years of the Ox, which occurs every 12 years.

1925  1937  1949  1961  1973  1985  1997  2009

You can find out about your Chinese Zodiac here.

What is Ox’s personality?

The Ox is an important farmyard animal in many countries. According to astrologers, people born in this year symbolizes hard work, positivity, and honesty all throughout the year.

How to Draw a Cow (Ox)

What’s a fun way to welcome the year of the metal ox? Draw them!

Ready. Set. Draw!


  • 1 White sheet of paper
  • Pencil
  • Colored Pencil
  • Pen
  • Eraser


A basic sketch of a cow using two circles and a rectangle connected with a line.

Step 1. Draw the head and the body.

Draw a big rectangle for the body and a small circle for the head.

For the snout, draw a smaller circle, then connect the three shapes using straight lines.

A sketch of a cow with a rectangular body.

Step 2. Add details for the head.

Draw ovals for the ears, and two small circles for the eyes. Add dots for the eyeballs and the nostrils.

Draw a small curve for the mouth, then erase the connecting line on the nose.

A sketch of a cow with a rectangular body and four legs.

Step 3. Draw the legs.

Draw two rectangles each for the front and hind legs.

A sketch of a cow with a rectangular body, four legs, and a short tail.

Step 4. Add the tail.

Draw the tail using two narrow curve lines and a small oval at the end.

A sketch of a cow with a round body, four legs, and a short tail.

Step 5. Make the body rounder.

Soften the edges of the body to make it rounder.

Completed sketch of a cow with large black prints.

Step 6. Draw spots all over the body.

Mooooo!!! Here comes the cow! 

Draw some more and make a family of cows. 

Tips for art-mazing success

  • Color your cows! Switch out the colours for browns, blacks and reds, and they would make fabulous Year of the Ox too!
  • Add colorful backgrounds to your drawings.


Here’s another cool activity for kids to do to celebrate the new year’s festive spirit!

Graphic template showing the word "spring" in red in white background.

Chinese New Year is also known as Spring Festival. We will make paper cutouts of the word “SPRING”.

Here are the easy-peasy steps:

Step 1. Print the Spring template.
Step 2. Cut-out the square template.
Step 3. Fold the dotted lines.
Step 4. Cut the shaded area.
Step 5. Unfold the paper to reveal the surprise!

TIP: Create many spring cutouts and decorate your home! 

Happy Lunar New Year of the Ox! 

Visit Creativity School for more fun and easy art activities you can do this holiday season!

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