ToddlersMy First Chinese New Year - In this colorful picture book, a young girl prepares for and celebrates the Chinese New Year with her extended family, describing how she makes an altar to honor her ancestors, gets a haircut, feasts with her relatives, and attends a Chinatown parade. The tale radiates warmth and quietly builds up to the dramatic dragon dance and the traditional greeting of "Gung Hay Fat Choy!" The collage illustrations, cut from paper with colorful Asian designs, also include paint and other media to capture the joyful celebrants. ~ School Library Journal
Wes did not like this book as much as he liked Dragon Dance (see below). It could have been because the main character is a little girl. He is in this stage where he prefers to read books about boys. I believe it is because it makes it easier for him to relate to the main character. I, on the other hand, love Karen Katz, so I thought is was adorable. The main character is extremely likable and very cute. In addition, this book offers lots to learn.
Dragon Dance: A Chinese New Year - This lift-the-flap book follows a family as they plan for the Chinese New Year and celebrate the traditions (red envelopes, p Garade). This is a great book for preschoolers. It is relatively short and the rhyming text is fluid and easy to understand. Wes really enjoyed it. He liked lifting the flaps (of course). He also appreciated the detailed illustrations. He spent a lot of time looking at them and asking questions. Good Choice!Lion Dancer - In brief, simple sentences, Ernie Wan describes his Chinese -American family's celebration of the lunar New Year. Ernie lives in New York City's Chinatown, where traditions are rooted in the culture of southern China. Ernie's father, a kung fu master, choreographs The Lion Dance, the center of the community celebration and a major tourist attraction. This year, Ernie dances in the place of honor under the lion's head. Color photographs depict private and public festivities. ~ School Library Journal
Wes loved the photographs in this picture. This book really got him excited about going to the Chinese New
Year Parade and celebration.Happy Chinese New Year, Kai-Lan - Join Kai-lan for a Chinese New Year celebration! Kai-lan and her friends get to carry the dragon costume in the big parade - but can they work together to make the dragon dance? ~ Product Description
Wes loves Kai-Lan, so I have ordered this for him. I will let you know what we think.
School-AgeCelebrating Chinese New Year - Readers follow 10-year-old Ryan Leong and his family as they celebrate the Chinese New Year in San Francisco. Through big, bright photographs and a clear, easy-to-follow text, readers see the preparations and festivities and learn about the history and traditions. The author includes the symbolic meanings of the foods eaten and other customs, an explanation of the Chinese Zodiac, and an in-depth look at the Lion Dance. ~ School Library Journal
Samantha and Gracen enjoyed this one. They especially liked the photographs and the fact that it is non-fiction.
The Chinese New Year Mystery (A Nancy Drew Notebooks Mystery) - The third-grade classes at Nancy's school are learning about Chinese culture, and they'll celebrate the Chinese New Year with a special parade. The highlight of the parade will be a dragon costume. Nancy's class is making it out of feathers, sequins, gold tassels, and red silk. But right before the big day, the dragon disappears! ~ Product Description
Samantha loves this series, so I have ordered it for her to read. I will let you know what she thinks.
The actual date of the Chinese New Year for 2010 is February 14.
According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2010 is the year of the tiger. Make a tiger paper bag puppet.
Chinese New Year paper dolls and clothes and more clothes.
Color the Chinese Flag.
Make a dancing lion or dragon toy.
How to make a Chinese lantern.
Practice using chopsticks. Children can practice picking up food, craft pompoms, marshmallows, cotton balls, and small toys. For young children - tie a rubber band around the chopsticks to make them easier to use. Great fine motor practice.
Make a parade dragon puppet.
Lots of Printables for School-agers.
Activities and Printables for Preschoolers.
Countdown to New Year - On-line game
Musical Lanterns - On-line game
On-line Tangram (originated in China) Puzzles
Cook some traditional Chinese New Year's Eve foods.
Do you have any fun Chinese New Year activities planned? If so, I would love to hear about them.