Chinese New Year
What an amazingly busy week we have had celebrating Chinese New Year. The children enjoyed learning the story about how the zodiac came about and how it is celebrated around the world. Babies got very messy making a paper plate dragon as they explored using their body parts as well as paint brushes to turn everything red. The toddlers made paper plate fans and then practiced their cutting skills by making Chinese lanterns. Pre-School created a Chinese restaurant where they took their orders (practicing their writing skills) and pretended to eat lots of noddles. This led to Alice making some Chinese dishes with the children (noodles,rice and spring rolls) All went down really well especially the prawn crackers. The Pre-school have also created their own Chinese Dragon parade, drew some beautiful masks and tried some Chinese writing.
Chinese Zodiac signs
Which animal are you?
“This year is the year of the rat, so why not begin by finding out together what that means for the year ahead?
Once you have learnt this, you can then work out which animal each of the children is using the year they were born in the chart below.
Your under fives are likely to be horses, goats or monkeys.
Let practitioners join in too to give yourself a broader range of animals to include in activities.
People are said to have similar characteristics to their animal, so you can have fun deciding what each animal means. Is it a fierce, brave, kind or clever animal?
This is a great introduction to feelings and behaviours as part of personal, social and emotional development. If you successfully stimulate children’s interest they will want to spend more time finding out about their animal by looking at books, pictures or perhaps even observing first hand!”
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To help our budding young scientists we have been trying lots of different experiments.
Here are some of the activities we have been up to and some you can possibly try out at home.