In 2017 Chinese New Year falls on Saturday 28th January, marking the beginning of the year of the Rooster. It’s a great opportunity to learn about another culture through food and crafts, so I’ve put together some ideas for how you could celebrate. In some communities in China, the celebrations last for over 2 weeks, starting with a family ‘reunion’ dinner on Chinese New Year’s Eve and fireworks to chase off evil spirits on New Year’s Day, and ending with the lantern festival on the 15th night – with plenty of other celebrations in between.
- Make your own toilet roll holder dragon with some card, tissue paper and some googly eyes, like these ones from One Little Project.
- Use cupcake liners to make this colourful dragon picture from I Heart Crafty Things.
- Decorate your house for Chinese New Year with these easy to make paper lanterns – La Jolla Mom tells you how.
- Make your own fortune cookies out of wrapping or scrapbook paper – find out how on the Domestic Mommyhood blog.
- Learn about the Great Race and why each year of the Zodiac is named after a different animal.
- Your child could learn how to write their name in Chinese – simply type into Google “How to write Chinese” and your child’s name and the image will come up in the search results.
- Fancy a challenge? Learn how to sing the Chinese New Year song with this video on YouTube.
- Babies and toddlers can explore textures with some Chinese-themed sensory play – uncooked rice or cooked noodles make excellent sensory materials.
- Give money in lucky red envelopes like these DIY ones from Thrifty Jinxy. In China, adults give money to children and teens in red envelopes as a blessing,
- This is a good opportunity to try out some new flavours – put together a selection of different foods for everyone to try. You can buy ready made, order takeaway or cook up something yourself, such as this baked sweet and sour chicken.
- Eat the Chinese way – or at least give it a try with these easy to use chopsticks from Amazon*. Even our 2 year old gave them a try (though she mainly just stabbed her food with them!)
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