It’s almost Chinese New Year! One of the most-awaited and well-celebrated festivals of the year. Teachers, have you decided how to celebrate this festive occasion with your kids?
If you haven’t – look no further! We’ve compiled a variety of fun activities you can choose to do with your kids.
ART AND CRAFT
Every great festival is celebrated with art and craft (aka the activity that makes children squeal with joy). What are some great crafts you can do?
There are children straddled all over the place. Laughing, screaming, crying. The place is a mess. You stand and stare at the young children, struggling to get their attention. If this is what you wake up to everyday, it’s best to go with a fuss-free craft. You can’t go wrong with making Citrus fruits. Click here to find out more!
CRAFT WITH AN IMPRESSION
If you’re looking to impress children or their parents (or to sweeten an existing tense relationship), you might want a craft activity that uses additional craft materials. This dragon craft is perfect for the occasion – it has ‘special materials’ like pom poms, googly eyes, and is aesthetically pleasing. Be prepared to amaze children and parents with this!
Do you have kids that come back to you with teary eyes, telling you how their art and craft piece went missing, or got thrown away? For children who truly cherish art and craft (and are sure to notice missing art and craft pieces), you might want to consider creating sun catchers. These can be easily used for decorations at school or at home! For more instructions, click here.
CRAFT FOR INDEPENDENT LEARNERS
Do you have kids who speed through lessons, and finish class activities at a rapid pace? If that’s the case, you might want to do this dragon craft activity. With so many paper plates involved, it takes great spatial orientation skills to form this dragon in the right shape. It’s even more challenging to decorate this dragon within a limited period of time. If you want to stretch your kids, this is the perfect craft! For teachers with lots of other teaching buddies, click here.
SONG AND DANCE
If art-and-craft had an equally appealing twin for young children, it would be …. Song-and-dance! You know that your kids literally jump, run and smile when they hear the phrase, “song-and-dance”. Check out Montessori’s compilation of various Chinese New Year resources. This includes various Chinese songs, dance routines and even stories about Chinese New Year. Time to start singing, pumping up and reading with the kids!
GAMES AND ACTIVITIES
What’s New Year without games? You can choose to play dumb charades (based on the Zodiac animals!) or even play a game of “I-Spy something red” (Click here for more ideas!). But, wait! If you’re looking for an activity that exercises a great deal of creativity – get your children to make their own lion heads and perform a lion dance! For instructions, click here.