|Posted by sunshine-dayhome on January 20, 2017 at 3:15 PM|
Every year I look for opportunities to celebrate diversity and multiculturalism in age-appropriate ways. Chinese New Year's is one of those celebrations that's fun, exciting, and adds a splash of color into these dull January days. The children really enjoy the decorations, and are learning a lot about the traditional good luck colours, foods, and festivities that surround this special time.
In the main play space here, we have a banner of the Chinese flag, Chinese lanterns, and also red and gold pillows sporting traditional designs to help us get in the mood for celebrating. Yesterday we had a special snack of seaweed, dried lotus root, coconut, and sweet rice crackers that allowed to literally get a taste for what this celebration is like. I was honestly surprised at how much the children enjoyed the multiculural food we shared!
Lanterns, apples, dragons, posters, and the tradtional colours of red and gold are gracing our shelves right now. The group this year is also very interested in learning about the Chinese zodiac animals. Right now, we have horses, a snake, dragons, dogs, and rats. It is really fun to see how much the children enjoy identifying with their animals; they have been playing out this theme all week. Finally, I introduced them to a bit of the language during our story time. If you ask the children right now to wish them a Happy New Year, they're sure to reply, "Gung hay fat choy!".