Author: chinese4kids

5 Craft Ideas for the Year of Goat

The Chinese New Year is coming! This Thursday is going to be the 1st day of the year of Goat (羊). Here are some craft ideas for children to celebrate the arrival of the new year. Let’s first start with a fun poster of the personalities of “Goat People”: elegant, artistic,  tender, loving and so on… 1. Goat Characteristics Poster from activityvillage.co.uk 2. Cotton ball Sheep from freekidscrafts.com Don’t you agree that these sheep look so cute? Actually they are not so difficult to make. You will need the following materials Newspaper Tape Straws Some old cardboard or construction paper Cotton...

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The Great Race

13 animals, a rat, an ox, a tiger, a rabbit, a cat, a goat, a snake, a dog, a pig, a dragon, a rooster, a horse and a monkey gathered together and were arguing because all of them want to have the new year after their names. The noise woke up Jade Emperor and he suggested them to have a race by crossing the river. Who won in the end? Watch this puppet show and find it...

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Xiao Nian – Little Chinese New Year Celebrations

Today is 小年 XiaoNian, the 23rd of the 12th Chinese lunar month. Xiaonian literally means “little new year”. It is a special day because it marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year preparation. People start cleaning their houses and their new year shopping. XiaoNian is also called Kitchen God Festival or Worshiping the Stove Festival. According to the legend, on the day of Xiaonian, the Kitchen God will report to the Jade Emperor on the good and evil of the family. Based on his report, Jade Emperor will decide to give out reward or punishment. To prevent Kitchen...

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Top 7 Chinese New Year Books

Chinese New Year will start on Feb. 19 this year. It is going to be the year of Goat! What are the traditions? How do Chinese celebrate it? Are there any fun activities for kids to work on? Here are the top 7 books on Chinese New Year. Celebrating Chinese New Year: An Activity Book This is a fun-filled craft activity book. In addition to facts and description of traditions, Children can make lanterns, dragon parade and red envelopes etc. It is an excellent resource book for parents and teachers of children of 5-10 years old.   The Dancing...

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Picture Book in Chinese – Turn Left Turn Right

I am a big fan of Jimi’s work. I just love his books and illustrations. This book is no exception. This is a love story. Two young people live in the same apartment building in the same city. However, she is used to turning left and he is used to turning right whenever they leave the building. For this reason, they never met. They have walked in the same street, fed the same cat, listened to the same radio broadcast; they felt equally lonely. Like most people living in the city, they never met until one day… they met...

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Take Me to China Exhibition in Children’s Museum in Indianapolis

Children’s Museum in Indianapolis is now having an excellent exhibition on China. The Theme is “Take Me There: China“. You first board onto an airplane and fly over the great wall, forbidden city and some other places then you land in Beijing. Once you are in China, you can go to several places, such as a home, a tea house, a pharmacy, a supermarket, a restaurant and Shaolin Temple. Have a look at the tea house and the pharmacy. In these places visitors can learn Chinese culture and tradition through music, art, food, Gongfu, Chinese traditional medicine and tea...

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Charlie and Lola6: I am Just not Keen on Spiders

In this episode, Charlie and Lola found a spider in their house. Lola liked insects, but not spiders. She was afraid of spiders because they were everywhere, and they moved fast. Charlie told Lola that spiders were actually smart. He caught the spider and then they decided to set him free outside of their house. What happened next, watch...

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Did you speak Chinese today?

We’ve decided to go to USA for Christmas holidays. Well, I need US visa. I had an appointment in the US Consulate in Florence. After my documents were turned in and checked, I had an interview with the official. To my amazement, this gentleman started to speak Chinese with me! Imagine in an European country where not everybody speaks English, not to mention Chinese, here came an American who spoke Chinese pretty well! I have to admit: I was totally thrilled! Chinese, like all the other languages, need practice. Spoken Chinese actually is not that hard. The key is to make use of any opportunity to start a conversation. If you meet a Chinese, try to impress him/her with your language skills! Did you speak Chinese...

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