Chinese New Year 

Broadening children’s horizons and celebrating different cultures and traditions.

January 14, 2020

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!”


a boy feeds a Chinese Lion to bring good luck

Rat: 2008 1996 1984 1972 1960
Ox: 2009 1997 1985 1973 1961
Tiger: 2010 1998 1986 1974 1962
Rabbit: 2011 1999 1987 1975 1963
Dragon: 2012 2000 1988 1976 1964
Snake: 2013 2001 1989 1977 1965
Horse: 2014 2002 1990 1978 1966
Goat: 2015 2003 1991 1979 1967
Monkey: 2016 2004 1992 1980 1968
Rooster: 2017 2005 1993 1981 1969
Dog: 2018 2006 1994 1982 1970
Pig: 2019 2007 1995 1983 1971




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