Celebrating the Chinese New Year #fiveforfridayPosted: 24/01/2014
The Chinese New Year falls on 31 January in 2014 – will you be celebrating?
I plan to talk a little about the festival to ToddlerGirl this year, although in a very small way as I think she is still a little young to really understand that there are many countries around the world. But it is a great way to introduce the idea of different cultures and, as she gets older, a fun and colourful way to explore this properly.
My #fiveforfriday focus on some interesting and imaginative ways to join in with the Chinese New Year with these toddler crafts and books.
- A good place to start is by reading about China and the Chinese New Year together. This is a brilliant book list from No Time For Flashcards that covers traditions for celebrating the new year as well as information about the country.
- Once you’ve read up on the celebrations, this is a fab dragon puppet craft to make from Red Ted Art. There’s a free printable so you don’t need to worry about your drawing skills! ToddlerGirl and I will definitely be giving this one a go.
- 2014 is the Year of the Horse so why not make this cute toy horse craft on Sprout Online.
- The celebrations for the Chinese New Year finish with a lantern festival. This lantern craft from Activity Village is easy to do and they would look great strung up as a decoration.
- To help the new year start with a bang, try making some fireworks paintings. We had a lot of fun creating these fireworks paper plates for Bonfire Night. They look very effective pinned against black card or on a large window!
Find out more about Chinese New Year with this great little guide on Netmums, including background information on the festival, more craft ideas and food suggestions.