There are many occasions we celebrate Chinese culture and traditions. Chinese new year, also called Spring Festival, is a great chance. International Day is another great event. China study is for sure the 3rd opportunity to embrace Chinese culture and traditions to our children’s lives. However, it is not always easy to find the Chinese elements for decoration, for celebration, for activities and for further reading.
Having been asked many times, I finally put pieces of information together and compiled a list of supplies. They are categorized into Decoration, Activities and Celebration. I also linked the Top 7 Books for Chinese New Year.
This sophistic looking lantern can really add some festive atmosphere to the surroundings.
Putting paper-cut onto windows is a tradition to celebrate Chinese new year. Traditional Chinese paper-cuts are pieces of art which are not only good for the celebration but also great for Chinese culture introduction.
This cool book features translucent paper on which you or your child can color with sharpies, markers or pens. The finished ones are beautiful against the light, giving a stained glass appearance. It is great to hand them on the window. It is something children and adults enjoy doing together.
There are 31 pieces in this set: 1 set Large Couplets(135cm Lx20cm W);6 x Large Red Envelopes(18cmx9cm);6 x Small Red Envelopes(11.5cmx8cm);1 x 3D Fu Character(34x34cm); 4 x Velvet Fu Characters(34cm); 10 x PVC Paper Cuts(28cm); 1Pair 3D Doorways Monkey Decor(31cmx19cm); 1 x Gift Bag. If you get this set, you don’t need to worry about decoration.
Have you heard of 中国结(Chinese knot)? A Chinese knot is a knot that is tied and woven from a single length of cord. It can be a variety of shapes with varying complexity. Chinese good luck knot is a nice activities for children, esp, girls to explore Chinese culture and enjoy the craftwork at the same time. To learn how to make a Chinese Good Luck Knot, watch this tutorial.
You need red envelopes to celebrate Chinese new year. In China, it is the happiest time for children when they receive red envelopes which contain LUCKY money from relatives and family. I always like to give out red envelopes with some fortune coin (or chocolate coins) to students and all the children who come to our house. It is always a highlight of the day!
These inexpensive coins are perfect to be given out in the red envelopes. Compared to chocolate coins, they are more Chinese and can be kept as an artifact.
These 7 books are great to introduce Chinese New Year to children. Have fun reading them together with your children.