Thursday, March 21, 2013

Activity Day - China

This group of girls is always fun to work with.  We “traveled” to China this month and looked at the Great Wall, it’s architecture, and some of the stories that go along with it.   We also learned about the Chinese New Year (this is the year of the snake). 

We made our own version of Chinese firecrackers.  These were toilet paper tubes wrapped in red tissue paper.  We taped the bottoms closed, filled the tubes with candies and then added a yarn fuse before closing the top of the fire cracker.  Once completed the girls practiced writing some Chinese words on their firecrackers.

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We also enjoyed some eggrolls, cheese wontons and fortune cookies.  I bought each of the girls a pair of chopsticks and they practiced using them on some goldfish crackers.  It took a bit, but everyone eventually mastered the chopsticks!

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Each girl received a Chinese yo-you and a little goodie bag in  cute little spring colored Chinese take out boxes I found at the Dollar Tree.  The girls then had some yo-yo competitions.  We set up obstacles for them to try to knock over with the tip only of the yo-yo.

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Books we used:

Paper Crafts for Chinese New Year; by Randel McGee
Chinese New Year Crafts; by Karen E. Bledsoe
Celebrating Chinese New Year, by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
The Great Wall; by Elizabeth Mann
The Great Wall From Beginning to End: by Michael Yamashita and William Lindesay
National Geographic Traveler China;
China the Land and Its People; by Jonathan Hammond
My First Mandarin Chinese Phrases; by Jill Kalz
Recipe and Craft Guide to China; by Joanne Mattern
Beyond the Great Mountains (A Visual Poem About China); by Ed Young

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