We do love our Chinese New Year celebrations. All thanks to some of the family we chose… specifically the den Otters! So even here in Minnesota we do our best to hold onto the new traditions we added to our family while in Alberta. One of these is to spend a month on China, Chinese New Year and Chinese characters. This year we chose to do another poster… and of course with that comes a boatload of resources!
- Celebrating Chinese New Year by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
- Chinese New Year by Alice K. Flanagan
- Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations Chinese New Year by Ann Heinrichs
- Sam and the Lucky Money by Karen Chinn
- Children Just Like Me Celebrations by Anabel Kindersley
- I Wonder Why Countries Fly Flags by Philip Steele
- Kai-Lan’s Great Trip to China by Mickie Matheis
- Pandas by Donna K. Grosvenor
- Chinese New Year by Lola M. Schaefer
- Max Celebrates Chinese New Year by Adria F. Klein
- A Gift by Yong Chen
- The Runaway Wok by Ying Chen Compestine
- Chinese New Year by Fay Robinson
- Asian Holidays by Faith Winchester
- National Geographic Kids March 2014 issue (special focus on twin baby pandas)
- Celebrate Chinese New Year by Carolyn Otto
- Happy Chinese New Year, Kai-Lan! by Lauryn Silverhardt
Our general helpful links!
- Activity Village is the place to go for printables! First Chinese New Year itself list HERE.
- The Horse of the Zodiac specifically HERE.
- China specific HERE.
- And of course the horse as an animal HERE.
- Gotta cover the flag right? You can find out printable HERE thanks to Rainbowkids.com.
- If you want to find out some history on the flag check out this link HERE thanks to the site A China Family Adventure.
- GMA News Online’s image for 2014 HERE. What a gorgeous looking dragon!
- And then there was the video we watched. I do so love watching the dances. This one was done in Hong Kong in 2013. The dancers are AMAZING and well worth a watch. Thanks to HongKongMap on youTube.
Chinese Music/Instruments! We did not cover a ton on the music. More of a surprise addition when I came across a neat picture of what is commonly called a guitar. So I grabbed a couple website, some music and an image to colour.
- The YueQin on Confucius Institute Online HERE
- Top 10 Chinese Instruments on China Whisper HERE. This girl was amazing. Thanks to NoodlesFaced on youTube. This is XiaoMu Ming.
- Our second video was of some traditional Chinese music entitled Shepherdess’ Song. Thanks to MadePossible on youTube.
- Our original printable that started this train of interest is found on Rainbowkids.com HERE. They have a great list of resources on their site HERE. It is an adoption site with some great printables for kids.
The horse itself!
- Zander wanted to know all about the world’s tallest horse so I had to help him out and check into that fact. HERE Guinness World Records site.
- A great list of horse related crafts thanks to Activity Village HERE.
Check out some Zodiac predictions for 2014 HERE. (Huffpost Living Canada)
Links for the three places of interest covered by Ken and the kids: