Saturday, 1 February 2014

CHINESE NEW YEAR 2014

This year is the year of the Horse! I have been trying to find some fun horse related Chinese activities but found it a bit tricky.

We brought out the Origami set and after trying  to make a horse decided that it was a little bit adventurous and made a star box and paper balloon instead.


The older school children helped the younger key stage 1 children to make dogs. These are a really simple thing to start with especially with little ones.



I cooked up some egg noodles and placed them (still warm) in to a dish and let the children explore them.
They told me they were like Wiggly worms. That they were squidgy, They go wiggle wiggle!

Communication and language (Speaking)

  • 30- 50 months - Uses talk in pretending that objects stand for something else in play, e.g. ‘This box is my castle.’ 



Little "L" ran to the playroom to gather some of the figures that I put out on the Chinese table. We talked about how the Lion scares away all the bad things from last year and the Dragon brings in the good luck. But she just wanted the Dragon and Lion to have a fight!

Expressive Art and Design (Being Imaginative)

  • 30-50 months - Uses talk in pretending that objects stand for something else in play, e.g. ‘This box is my castle.’
Expressive Art and Design (Exploring and using media and materials)
  • 30-50 months - Beginning to be interested in and describe the texture of things. 



We used some of the noodles for painting with! We used red and yellow paint as these are colours associated with Chinese decorations.
Both little "L" and little "C" enjoyed this. Getting their fingers messy as they fished in the paint for the noodles and then dragged them across the paper or rolled them.







We also made Chinese Blossom tree paintings using black and pink paint and a straw.
We moved the paint around the page to make tree branches, using the straw. We drew with the straw and also blew the paint around with it.

We used our fingers to make the blossom!

Expressive Art and Design (Exploring and using media and materials)

  • 16-26months -  Notices and is interested in the effects of making movements which leave marks.
Physical Development (Moving and handling)
  • 30-50 months - Uses one-handed tools and equipment, e.g. makes snips in paper with child scissors. 




We made sticker pictures. Pealing the backs on these stickers are a great little work out for fingers.
I did however peal the backs of for little "B" who has just turned 1. She had a lovely time sticking and then pulling them back off again.



I set up a little Chinese homecorner. Which has been used daily and everyone has had a go at using the chopsticks.


We made horse masks and lanterns! at the local Toddler group!


Pom Pom transferring using training chopsticks.

Physical Development (Moving and handling)
  • 30-50 months - Uses one-handed tools and equipment, e.g. makes snips in paper with child scissors. 


Even the little ones had a go!


We spent a lot of time in the home corner!

Expressive Art and Design (Being Imaginative)

  • 30-50 months - Engages in imaginative role-play based on own first-hand experiences. 





We finished off the day with a nice Chinese meal!
 Duck Pancakes, sweet and sour chicken, 2 types of noodles, 2 types of rice, stir fry vegetables, prawn crackers and prawn toast!
We finished it all off with Lychee and some Mango ice cream!





"Kung Hei Fat Choy


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