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.1485210658781.jpg

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Learn

  • 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.
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  • Fancy a challenge? Learn how to sing the Chinese New Year song with this video on YouTube.

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  • Babies and toddlers can explore textures with some Chinese-themed sensory play – uncooked rice or cooked noodles make excellent sensory materials.

Celebrate

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  • 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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9 comments on “Ideas for Celebrating Chinese New Year with Kids”

  1. Great post! It’s always fun to learn about other cultures and Chinese New Year has always sounded like lots of fun! The sense of quality time as a family is strong as well 🙂 #tuesdaytreasures

    • Family time plays a big part – and its so nice to have something like Chinese New Year where we can learn something new as a family, make sure we sit down to eat together and do crafts together – things which are sometimes hard to do when we are all so busy!

  2. Love these ideas. I also love learning about other customs. I hadn’t realised just how little I knew about Chinese New Year so it was interesting to read #TuesdayTreasures

    • I’m looking forward to telling Izzy some of the stories and customs at the weekend, she’s really interested in learning about Chinese New Year.

  3. Great ideas! We often celebrate Chinese New Year, even if it’s just for Chinese food, which we all love! I really like the dragon craft though, we might have a try of that this weekend. #TuesdayTreasures

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