Here are some upcoming events this weekend in Edmonton, AB:
1. Muttart Conservatory - Saturday Feb. 2, 4-8pm
2. Chinese Catholic Parish - Saturday Feb 2, 11am-8pm, Sunday Feb 3, 11am-5pm
3. Kingsway Garden Mall, Sunday Feb 3 12:30-4pm
My kids LOVE watching the lion and dragon dances, martial arts, and Chinese cultural dances. The dragons represent wisdom, power and wealth and are used to scare away bad luck and the year that has past and the lions bring in the New Year with wishes of prosperity, luck, and peace. Click on the links for videos and more explanations on what the dragon and lion dance represent.
Some other activities you can do at home:
1. We made Chinese lanterns by practicing using rulers to draw straight lines, and then cutting those lines.
2. Draw straight lines starting from the folded edge to about a couple inches from the open edge.
3. Cut those lines. Be sure not to go all the way to the end.
4. Open up the paper and curl it around the short length of the paper to create the lantern and tape it down.
5. Punch 2 holes at the top to attach a piece of string or pipecleaner to the top to hold up the lantern.
2. Dragon Puppets
We printed off templates from the Activities for Kids website to color, cut, and paste onto a paper bag to create puppets.
I printed off an image of the Great Wall of China and placed it with our wooden blocks and encouraged the kids to build their own great wall. This is a great open ended STEM (Science, technology, engineering and math) activity for kids to use their critical thinking skills and create something.
We have awesome practice chopsticks that we use, you can use regular chopsticks too, for the kids to practice picking up items. Use long white yarn for noodles, beans, or even rice for a challenge. Our kids love trying to use the chopsticks to move items from one bowl to another.
Make any kind of Pig craft. We made this one at the Chinese New Year event at Bonnie Doon Mall last weekend.
1. Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin is great for a family like ours because it is about a Chinese family celebrating Chinese New Year in North America. There are fireworks and lion dances that describe how families bring in the Lunar New Year.
2. 12 Lucky Animals: A Bilingual Baby Book by Vickie Lee is fantastic to teach kids the Chinese Zodiak Animals using both English and Chinese characters.
3. Why Do The Chinese Have A Different New Year? by Baby Professor is an interesting book that explains to kids what the Lunar New Year actually is and why it falls on different days (according to our calendar) each year.