Red is considered a lucky color. During Chinese New Year, window sills and doors are sometimes decorated in red to usher in good luck! Wrap some blocks in red paper. Encourage the children to build houses using the red blocks for windows and doors.
Snack Ideas to Cook Up for Your Preschool Chinese New Year Theme!
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions.
It also allows for some great conversation!
Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation!
Be sure to ask specific theme questions while making these fun snacks!
The disclaimer: PLEASE, PLEASE check files for allergies..we've had a child allergic to strawberries, another to hazel nuts (all tree nuts, actually) and yet another to egg products. It is important for you to know before doing any cooking with the children.
Egg Drop Soup
Ingredients and Items needed: Chicken or vegetable broth, 2 eggs.
Cook broth until hot.
Open eggs into a bowl and beat.
Stir beaten eggs into the broth very quickly.
Serve when cooled a bit.
Ingredients and Items Needed: Chinese Dumplings (purchased or provided by a parent!). on the night before Chinese New Year, families typically prepare and cook dumplings. There is a tradition that a coin is inserted into one dumpling and the one who has the coin is supposed to have good luck in the coming year.
I do NOT suggest placing a coin in their food! What you could do is tape a play coin under each child's chair and when they are done with their dumpling snacks, have them look under their chairs to see if they have a lucky coin!
Tray of Togetherness
This tradition is a way of providing a sweet beginning to the Chinese New year. Customarily, foods like lotus seeds and lychee nuts and the like are used. However, due to allergies and children's resistance to try foods they have not tried before, provide healthy snack foods that they know!
This tray is usually a large round or octagonal shaped tray with 8 compartments. Choose 8 healthy foods for the children to try.
Bananas, kiwi, oranges, apple slices, grapes, strawberries, cucumber, carrots
EXTENSION: Rather than having this prepared for them, try having them help you slice and prepare it!
Preschool Chinese New Year Themed Ideas for Your Easel!
--More Than Just Painting (Although that is always THE favorite in our classroom!)
Materials Needed: Paper, red and yellow paint.
The Chinese flag is red with yellow stars. Provide these paints and a picture of the flag for the children to see. They may get more excited about making orange with the two colors....hang their flags!
VARIATION: Provide different shades of red with a bit of glue mixed in. Then provide precut yellow stars for the children to recreate the flag.
Preschool Chinese New Year Themed Music and Movement Activities and Ideas to Get Your Preschoolers Movin' and Groovin'!
Chinese New Year Theme Music and Movement Activities and Ideas to get your Preschoolers Movin' and Groovin'!
Preschool Chinese New Year Parade!
Provide musical instruments and have a parade! Let each child have a turn leading the parade!
Show the children pictures of a Chinese Dragon used in the New Year celebration. Pretend to be a dragon train! The child in the front leads the other children. They copy whatever the person in the front is doing. That child then goes to the back and they all follow the new leader's actions!
Mix 1/4 cup of vinegar into a cup with 1 teaspoon of salt and mix.
Put a few pennies in the jar.
Watch what happens! The salt and vinegar, when combined, make an acid that cleans the dirt right off the pennies.
Use the plastic spoon to scoop out the pennies.
****Caution: Because young children touch their eyes often, do not leave this unsupervised as vinegar STINGS and the salt can scratch their eyes. I usually do this as a small group activity (1 teacher 2 children) and have lots of water available. Another thing you could do is to provide plastic safety glasses if you want the children to be able to do this hands on! Highly recommended!
Writing Activities Ideas for Your Preschool Chinese New Year Theme!
This may be difficult for the children to do based on their fine motor ability, but boy oh boy is it fun to try! Provide a print out of some symbols for Chinese words. Explain to the children what each means or draw a picture of what each one means as well as the word. Let them have fun trying to create them or create symbols of their own.
You can search online for some symbols for basic words such as water, sun, etc.
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