Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival, marks the start of a new year on the lunar calendar.
It is one of the biggest festivals for the Chinese! While the festivities might be a little more muted this year, families and friends may still visit one another in small groups to exchange Mandarin oranges and new year greetings.
Here are 3 themed activities that you can do with your child at home, whether or not your family celebrates the Lunar New Year!
1) Create a picture graph to represent the number of pieces of new year snacks you have eaten
What better way to celebrate the new year than to feast on all the delicious festival snacks!
Invite your child to fill in a picture graph and track the number of each snack that he or she eats. You may also join your child to track your own snack intake and compare between two sets of data!
Which snack would you and your child have the most of? For us, it’s pineapple tarts for sure!
2) Use Chinese zodiac signs to determine the ages of family and friends
According to the Chinese, Zodiac signs are specific to each person’s year of birth and the Chinese zodiac cycle repeats every 12 years. Therefore, a person born in the year 2022 will have the same zodiac sign as a person born in the year 2010 — Tiger!
When visiting relatives this Lunar New Year, invite your child to politely ask a family member to share his or her zodiac sign. Your child may refer to the Chinese Zodiac Sign chart to guess the age of the person and determine the year that he or she was born in!
Download and print the Chinese Zodiac Sign chart here.
3) Fold an origami tiger
There are several traditions associated with the Lunar New Year that many people partake in every year. One of the customs include decorating the home with firecrackers, cherry blossoms and Chinese calligraphy.
As we enter into the Year of the Tiger, consider decorating your home with origami tigers too! A fun activity to do with your child or to keep them occupied during visits to your relatives’ houses!
Click on the YouTube link below to watch an instructional video on how to fold a paper tiger.
Easy Tiger Origami by Red Ted Art
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