The Toddler Blog- Chinese New Year
In Rabbits Room, Zalihe provided the children with tools to engage in a Chinese New Year activity. The whole idea of the activity, was for the children to copy Chinese writing and enhance their gross motor as well as fine motor skills. Domenico held the paint brush with his fingers and dabbed the black paint all over the paper, he found this interesting and continued to do this for a short period of time. Ivy held the paintbrush with a full hand grasp and showed confidence when doing so, she didn’t need any prompting to participate in the activity and she begun painting almost instantly. Zalihe spoke to the children about Chinese New Year and what it’s all about, she then showed them pictures relating to the subject and let them all have a close look.
What are the children gaining from this activity?
This activity is beneficial for the children as it is enhancing areas of their development. First of all, the children are having to try put on their apron with support, this isn’t only teaching them life skills, it is also supporting their Physical Development, another thing supporting this, is the children having to hold the paintbrush and move it around in order to create marks; strengthening their gross motor skills. Whilst Zalihe is speaking to the children about Chinese New Year and showing them pictures, it is extending their listening skills which comes under Communication and Language Development.
What is Chinese New Year?
This Chinese festival is about marking the start of the New Year, beginning on the second new moon after the winter solstice and ending on the full moon fifteen days later. It is marked by visits to family and friends, special meals, fireworks and gift giving.
Fun facts about Chinese New Year
- The festival date changes every year
- It is also called Spring Festival
- Chinese New Year starts a new animal’s zodiac year
- The celebration lasts for 15 days until the Lantern Festival
- One Sixth of the world’s population celebrate it
- Reunion dinner is a ritual
- The celebration decorations are mostly in red
- Everyone wears new clothes
- Kids receive red envelopes as gifts
- Everyone gets one year older