Chinese New Year 2013: The Year of the Snake
My daughter’s Middle School Chinese teacher is throwing a great Chinese New Year’s party for all her students — 60 of them plus siblings! She is planning crafts, games, cooking demonstrations and a pot luck. In addition, her students will perform — in Chinese — both skits and songs. It’s ambitious! Luckily, a lot of parents are also helping out.
The parent volunteer committee met to go over the activities.
Some are coming from this book:
- Stiff cardboard for base cut into 4 inch circle.
- Tissue paper (20 x 30 inches). Cut into 2 pieces of 15 x 20 inches.
- Florist wire (soft, bendy wire)
- Glue stick
- Battery votive candle
And here is Ryan Shi, a wizard of the Chinese Yo Yo, from the Chinese Yo Yo Show in Knoxville, 2010. He makes it look easy but, in truth, the basic Chinese Yo Yo moves are not so easy!
- Tissue paper
- Rubber bands
- 2 quarters per Chinese Shuttlecock
Cut the tissue paper into half, approximately the size of 15 by 20 inches. Fold it down the middle length wise. Make a row 1 inch lines on either side of the tissue paper up towards the center fold but leave 3 inches near the center fold solid. Cut up the lines — it should look like fringe.
Put the 2 quarters in the center of the tissue paper, gather up all the fringe and wrap the rubber band around it to form a “ball.”
Your Chinese Shuttlecock is done. Kick it in the air with any part of your body like a hacksack and see how many times you can hit it without letting it fall to the ground.
8) Prizes are Red Chinese envelopes filled with candy and fortune cookies. You can also put money in them which is traditional and is supposed to bring good luck and prosperity to recipients.
8) Rainbow Creations has a Chinese flower painting you make by blowing the paint and then adding the flowers.
9) Wildlife Fun 4 Kids has two great posts on snakes.
10) Red Ted Art has an easy paper chain snake craft for kids.
I’ll update this post with photos from our Chinese New Year’s party but — breaking news — we are in for the snowstorm of the century — so our party is bing postponed for a week. Wish us luck getting through 2 feet of snow coming down sideways!
Finally, here’s a really cool paper craft snake that can turn and twist! Pdfs of the pattern are here.
p.s. Here are a few more Chinese New Year posts.
p.p.s. I’m thrilled to be included in this link up hosted by The Educators’ Spin on It.
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