Monday, January 31, 2011

Chinese New Year

This Thursday is the celebration of the Chinese New Year.  We will be welcoming in the Year of the Rabbit all week!

Chopstick Picture Frame- we'll use wooden chopsticks to make a special picture frame

Paper Fan-  a cardboard rectangle and a tongue depressor will be transformed into a beautiful fan

Paper Lanterns- similar to the Halloween lanterns we made last year, these lanterns will be used to decorate our dining room for the new year feast

Egg Carton Dragon- no Chinese New Year celebration is complete without a dragon puppet

Red Envelope- we'll make a red paper envelope and maybe Eva will find some lucky money in it on Thursday

Chinese Yo Yo- using a spool, some string and two popsicle sticks, we'll make this Asian take on the yo yo

Chinese Character Memory Game- Eva's been getting really good at playing Memory so this version will help her look carefully at the details

Chopstick Transferring- we'll use chopsticks to move felt fortune cookies from one bowl to another

Rice Sensory Tub- the snow is emptied out and in it's place is a lot of rice- one of Eva's favorites

Lucky Noodles- we'll make a yummy noodle lunch

Chocolate Covered Chinese Noodles- a sweet treat to celebrate the new year with

My First Chinese New Year Dragon Dance: A Chinese New Year LTF: A Chinese New Year Lift-the-Flap Book (Lift-the-Flap, Puffin) Lanterns and Firecrackers: A Chinese New Year Story (Festival Time) The Runaway Wok: A Chinese New Year Tale Lion Dancer: Ernie Wan's Chinese New Year (Reading Rainbow Books) Sam and the Lucky Money Happy New Year! / Kung-Hsi Fa-Ts'ai! This Next New Year The Runaway Rice Cake D Is for Dragon Dance Bringing in the New Year (Read to a Child!: Level 2)


  1. Thanks for all the book recommendations! Kerri

  2. What super fun ideas to celebrate Chinese's new year!

  3. Looks like some great activities! I'm so glad it is February-a month filled with great themes!