We had a great time yesterday with our Chinese New Year Celebration.
Late last week, we started a FREE Chinese New Year Unit Study. We watched a few small videos on the history and traditions of Chinese New Year! As part of the unit study, the kids put their knowledge to the test, and had a lot of fun, making a video on 5- facts they learned about Chinese New Year.
Dragons and Rabbits – Oh My!
We learned that dragon and rabbits were the two most important animals in Chinese New Year celebrations. Both are thought to bring good fortune in the new year. In Chinese New Year celebrations, you will see a lot of dragons and rabbits! We watched a parade and a traditional lion dance – and then we made our very own puppet dragon.
I’m sure, not surprising, but those puppets were dancing around our house all weekend and are still today.
Chinese New Year Paper Lantern Tutorial
We also learned the importance of lanterns. In part of the 15-day celebration – taking place sometime between January 21st and February 19th, there is a festival of lanterns. It is beautiful. Most of the lanterns are in the shape of rabbits.
So Ava decided to make her own paper lanterns to decorate our house. If you want to make your own, here is the tutorial she put together.
Yes, the paper lanterns are still decorating our house!
What did your family do for Chinese New Year? Did you learn anything new?