Chinese New Year is one of my favorite holidays to teach. One year when I was visiting Hawaii, I was able to see an actual lion dance - it was so cool with lots of firecrackers. I think my love for the holiday started then.
The inspiration for the dragon and the lantern art came from Sandi. I didn't have a Chinese newspaper, so a parent brought in a Korean paper that I copied and cut into strips. My parent said that a Chinese or Japanese paper would have looked nicer, I can't tell the difference. I think they turned out great.
We made Year of the Snake headbands, with glitter of course.
We worked on our Chinese New Year small books and took a little test.
Made some cute dancing dragons. They all turned out different, they really enjoyed this activity.
Of course, we ate with chopsticks - orange chicken, rice and fortune cookies. They each had a different way of using the chopsticks. Here one of my little ones is teaching another one.
We have the stab method, which is the way I eat with chopsticks. My husband is Japanese/Hawaiian, but I can't use chopsticks - go figure.
This one was a cutie. He invented his own method, the two stick pick up. It worked great, I should try it this way.
According, to my babes "it was the best day ever"