Celebrating Chinese Language and New Year Cultural Traditions

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The Lunar New Year is happening in just a few days (February 8th), and the kids are learning about Chinese cultural traditions to celebrate!

Have you heard of Chinese New Year?


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I wanted the kids to learn more about the Chinese New Year, but since The Squishable Baby doesn’t like complicated and doesn’t like creating curriculum by herself (Hahaha!), I immediately went to Google to see what unit studies are available on the subject.

I found a great one (did I mention it is free) from Online Unit Studies. I like that all the activities are online, and they always put a fun (and easy) project at the end.

This unit consists of short and interest videos on the history and customs of Chinese New Year.

To celebrate Chinese New Year, we created a dragon puppet (tutorial is part of the lesson).


Celebrate the chinese language and New Year Cultural Traditions. #lunarnewyear


On Monday we are are going to make an animated video in which we will feature 5 new fun facts we learned about Chinese New Year!

As an addition to this unit, we read a few picture books – which highlighted some of the customs and traditions of Chinese New Year.


Chinese New Year #picturebooks #lunarnewyear


1. The Usborne Linked – The First Thousand Words in Chinese – This book of Chinese vocabulary can help with world recognition and provide amusement for young readers.

2. The Voices of the Heart by Ed Young – The author explores 26 Chinese characters, each describing a feeling/emotion, and each containing a symbol for the heart. The author uncovers layers of meanings for the words such as; Joy, sorrow, respect and rudeness.

3. The Dragon’s Tale and Other Animal Fables of the Chinese Zodiac – Each of the fables in this collection about the twelve animals o the Chinese zodiac contains a jewel of wisdom.

4. Chinatown – Chinatown is a city within a city! When the Chinese New Year begins there is a New Years parade complete with a lion dance! Young readers will be delighted by their tour!

5. Dumpling Soup – Dumplings are a well-known food when celebrating the New Year. This year, Marisa finally gets to help make the dumplings for her grandmother’s soup!

6. Sam and the Lucky Money – It’s Chinese New Year, and Sam’s grandmother gave him the traditional gift of lucky money. He can spend it how he chooses, but it’s not enough money for what he wants. Sam’s mother tries to convince him that he should appreciate the gift, but he is not convinced until he runs into a stranger.

Ways to celebrate Chinese New Year with your kids

1. Make Chinese dumplings together
2. Make the Dragon Craft – which was a lot of fun.
3. Make paper lanterns
4. Learn a few chinese words.
5. Lion Dance
6. Make a dragon craft with your kids.


Any other ideas? How will you spend the Chinese New Year?

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  1. Youtube is such a wonderful resource for education. Last year, we were able to study the holidays around the world using YouTube and other free resources. 🙂
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  2. We didn’t celebrate the Chinese New Year, but it would be a nice tradition to start for next year! I think it’s great to teach children and ourselves about different cultures.
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