Chinese New Year


I love any thing to do with China (especially food!). I think their art, clothes, language and architecture is beautiful. I’m really keen for the boys to learn about different traditions so this year we are going to do some Chinese New Year activities.
Chinese New Year is on Friday 31st January this year, and it is the year of the horse. It’s the most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. Houses are cleaned out to welcome in a fresh start and are traditionally decorated in red and gold to signify good fortune, wealth and happiness.
I searched the wonder that is Pinterest (follow me @activities4kidz) and have rounded up five of the best activities. We are definitely going to be having a go at these.

Firstly is this lovely egg box dragon from Spoonful. How cute is he?


Next is this brilliant dragon paper plate puppet from DLTK


We love handprint art so going to be trying this handprint dragon from The Crafty Crow

This chopstick practise activity from Pre K and Sharing is a great fine motor activity.


And finally my favourite, the Chinese lantern from Red Ted Art




Reindeer Food

At playgroup the other day we made little bags of reindeer food which is something we are going to turn into a Christmas tradition for the kids!

The idea is you sprinkle the food out in the garden on Christmas Eve and it sparkles in the moonlight so Santa and his reindeer know exactly where to land!

For each bag of reindeer food you will need about 4 big spoons of porridge oats, and 1 or 2 (depending on how sparkly you want it) of glitter or coloured sugar.

Mix the oats and the glitter/sugar together. Hold a small clear bag – we twisted ours into a cone shape – and secure. Tie some Christmassy ribbon around and attach a tag with the following poem on:

Sprinkle this reindeer food outside tonight
The moonlight will make it sparkle bright
As the reindeer fly and roam
This will guide them to your home

Alternatively, print a tag off here

We will be sprinkling ours outside on Christmas Eve and leaving it with the special key for Santa to get in, before getting into our new pjs and watching The Snowman!

Don’t forget to leave a mince pie and milk out for Santa!