Gong Hey Fat Choy….. Happy New Year to you all

We have had a lovely week this week learning about Chinese New Year. Did you know that this year is the year of the monkey? We have been learning all about the Chinese zodiac in my childminding service this week and have had great fun making monkey masks, painting dragon pictures and making Chinese lanterns, learning to use chopsticks (with varying degrees of success!), making good fortune cards for our families and even writing our names in Chinese…… what busy bees we have been :0)

Check out these scary dragons:
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We made these very simply and if you want to have a go too you will need the following:

  • Paper
  • Paint – mixed colours
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Curling ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tape
  • Red paper

and you do the following:

  • Fold the paper in half
  • Let your little one make marks with the paint on one of the halves (the children in my service loved using their fingers to make their marks)
  • Fold the paper over to make your symmetrical picture
  • Your little one can now choose where they want to place the googly eyes and can stick them on with the glue
  • Make your dragon a beard by curling some of the curling ribbon and sticking it in place with the sticky tape
  • Finally cut a tongue shape out of the red paper and use the glue to stick that in place
  • Why not play some Chinese music and get your little one to do a dragon dance with their special dragon picture

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