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.


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.

Tiger Craft

tiger craft
My son has been talking a lot about tigers lately, so it was no shock to me when I asked him what he wanted to make for art and he replied “Tiger?”. He loved making this and even though we didn’t cut eyes out, he has been playing with it like a mask , pretending to be a ferocious tiger. If your child loves Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood ( which wasn’t on when this was first published) they will adore this paper plate tiger craft.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some orange and black paper, a paper plate, some orange paint ( or mix red and yellow like we did), scissors, googley eyes, and glue.
  2. Start by mixing your orange paint
  3. Paint your plate- we started out with the dainty brush,but finished with hands.
  4. While our child is painting, cut a nose and mouth.
  5. As well as some black stripes – we used 8
  6. And ears out of the orange paper.
  7. Add the stripes on either side by first adding glue
  8. Then the paper.
  9. Next add the mouth and nose.
  10. My son was begging to add the eyes before we finished the stripes, so we did it before we did the head stripes, it doesn’t really matter what order you do the gluing in.
  11. Add the stripes on the top of the head too.
  12. Next up, the ears, add two stripes on each ear.
  13. Glue the ears on and let everything dry.
Books !

“Tigress” by Helen Cowcher is a book that is definitely not for the sensitive child who is upset by animals killing other animals and talk of poisoning carcasses. I would have hated this book as a child, it would have put me in tears. However it is a realistic snippet of a tiger’s life, as well as the people who live nearby like herdsmen and game wardens. My son had no interest in this book , but an older child would appreciate it.

“If You See A Tiger” by Richard Powell is a cute book for babies and young toddlers. It’s a lift the flap book that encourages your child to do what the book suggests if you come across various animals. My son really liked this book when we read it a year ago when he was 18 months old.

“The Loudest Roar” by Thomas Taylor was given to me at my baby shower, recommended by a friend who’s son loved it. Sure enough my son does too, especially if I roar really really loudly along with Clovis the little tiger with the loudest roar of all. It’s a good book when toddlers are learning about when we can be loud and when we should be quiet.