Sunday, 28 April 2013

CHINESE NEW YEAR 2013 - Year of the Snake

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Happy Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year! It’s all about the snake this year, which means it’s all about steady progress and attention to detail. “Focus and discipline will be necessary for you to achieve what you set out to create.” Throughout the2 weeks leading up to Chinese new year we got our little monster involved in decorating the room for our celebrations, Chinese food tasting, role play and different Chinese craft activities:
 
We did our own version of Chinese Money Trees, using coins to stamp the leaves onto our branches! We talked with the children about what Money Trees are and about the Chinese belief that Money Tress will bring good fortune to the owner while still alive. The children enjoyed using real money to stamp with and got creative with the colours they used- We found it great for small gross motor skills.
DIY: We just super glued coins to corks!!

Chinese writing. The kids picked what symbol they wanted to do and enjoyed making the marks to create the symbol! It was a great way to introduce a different culture and work on their mark making skills!!
 
The home corner was set up with handmade amigurumi food, chopsticks bowls and plates and fortune cookie boxes!
Snake Small World and Sensory Play (dry rice & cooked noodles)
We also set up a game to incorporate the Chinese tradition of giving money in Red Envelopes, during holidays or special occasions!
 

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