The Chinese New Year starts today; it is a time for celebration and welcoming the New Year for those that follow the Chinese calendar. It is a great opportunity to learn about a new culture and a different way of life in the multi-cultural world which we live in. The Chinese zodiac calendar is leaving behind the year of the horse and welcoming the year of the sheep.
Activities To Celebrate The Chinese New Year
With this year being the Chinese zodiac year of the sheep, what better way to share and develop your children than with some fun sheep activities? It is a great way to introduce a new culture into their lives in a fun and stimulating way. You can find some great sheep activities here, there are lots of different things you can do using sheep resources which can help develop a deeper understanding of the cultures that surround us.
If you are trying to explain about the Chinese zodiac there is a great printable zodiac available here, learning about what the different animals mean that are on the Chinese zodiac, the potential for people born during the years and how their character traits are believed to be influenced by these animals, is a fascinating subject.
If you are thinking about a Chinese meal to celebrate the Chinese New Year you’re spoilt for choices, the recipes here are great for allowing little ones to help, too. It is important to introduce new foods to children so they develop a taste for trying new things and to understand the different cultures and foods from around the world.
There are many books that you might be able to get from your local library which can help children understand the meaning of the Chinese New Year and the Chinese zodiac calendar. A great resource to give you ideas as to the books available can be found here, there are 7 books all for children, which focus on the importance of the Chinese New Year; this resource allows you to choose the best book for your family to read and understand the differences in the cultures from around the world.
If you are looking for a craft project with which you can use to entertain your children by making something fun and individual, then you need to look at this article, it is a tutorial in making a simple festival lion. These are fun and really simple to make and they are great way to introduce the idea of exploring a new culture and what it means to those people who live there.
Therefore, I think celebrating the Chinese New Year is a great opportunity to introduce a new and exciting culture to our children in a way that helps them to understand and develop their skills in the multi-cultural world that we live in. If people grow up with an understanding of traditions and different cultural values, it can help them to develop an understanding and a respect for these different ways of life.