Year Of The Tiger

Tiger Puppet

Tiger Craft

Chinese New Year is February 14th this year, and it’s high time we make a Chinese New Year craft to celebrate!  This tiger puppet is easy and promotes imaginative play, my little man sat this one out, he had an eye appointment a few hours earlier and had ” clouds in the way” his eyes were dilated for it and he was not interested in anything close up. He did play with it while I made dinner though!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a paper bag, black construction paper, kid scissors, adult scissors, glue, googly eyes, some white paper ( we used foam because we were out of white- oops), orange paint, paint brush( or roller), and a marker.Tiger Craft
  2. Start by drawing a nose and mouth. Using permanent maker works well , you can make it with paper as well.Tiger Craft
  3. Paint the paper bag with orange paint. I love using these rollers for young kids, they are easy to get good coverage with without too much effort and also dries quickly! Tiger Craft
  4. While they are painting cut the paper into one strip.
  5. When they are done hand them the paper ( if they are old enough to cut) and scissors to cut stripes.Tiger Craft
  6. Time to glue! Glue the stripes on the tiger .Tiger Craft
  7. While they are gluing cut out a tummy from the white paper.Tiger Craft
  8. Glue the tummy and eyes on.Tiger Craft
  9. I cut the bottom of the painted bag off ( so it fit on my son’s arm) and used that to make 2 ears, and glued them on.Tiger Craft
  10. Let dry.

Books

Bringing in the new year

Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin is a wonderful book to explain Chinese New Year and some of the customs that comes along with it to your preschooler. The illustrations are bright and help explain the festivities and preparations that go into the celebration.  The book culminates with a fold out page with a huge dragon briging in the new year. There is also a great explanation of the holiday for parents at the back of the book.

dragon dancing

Dragon Dancing by Carole Lexa Schaefer is a story with a great imagination. A preschool teacher is reading her class a story about a dragon and when the class goes to art they create a birthday dragon and let their imaginations soar! The illustrations gradually change from the children parading as a dragon to a dragon in the wilderness of China, and back again when the teacher calls them in from the playground. My son loved it but was quite concerned that the dragon ate the children, once I reassured him that the were imagining we were set!

Legend of the dragon

Legend of the Chinese Dragon (English and Mandarin Chinese Edition) by Marie Sellier , Catherine Louis and Wang Fei is a great book about the legend of how the children of China wanted to put an end to tribal fighting and created a dragon from all the tribes different animals. I like this book , I like how the  text in English and Chinese characters , the traditional calligraphy and beautiful illustrations. My son loved the illustrations and the story kept his attention as well.

Chinese New Year !

Lantern!

I have always loved this craft, I don’t know the first time I made one but it’s been years and they always turn out beautifully and if you make a bunch they will turn your house into a true Chinese New Years Celebration !

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a red piece of construction paper , some crayons or markers, scissors, double stick tape or stapler and some gold glitter glue.
  2. Cut a small strip off the end of the paper and set aside.
  3. Have your child color with crayons or markers. I don’t use paint with this craft because the paint has in the past made the lanterns brittle and they ripped.
  4. Add your glitter glue ! Using glitter glue makes it so the paper doesn’t get saturated and brittle. Let dry.
  5. Fold and cut into the fold, start about 1.5 inches into the paper and leave the margin on the other side too.
  6. Add double stick tape to one side ( top and bottom) and attach the other side to it.
  7. Using the strip of paper you set aside earlier, tape into a handle.
Book!
“D is for Dancing Dragon: A China Alphabet by Carol Crane is a in valuable book when teaching about China and Chinese New Year, it is more than a simple alphabet book, going into detail about lanterns, chopsticks, panda bears and so much more. What I love about these books is that younger children can be shown the pictures and given a easy to digest synopsis of the text, while older children can read the whole book. The illustrations by Zong-Zhou Wang will make the most reluctant traveler want to get on a plane to china, they are simply spectacular!