The lunar new year is right around the corner on January 22, 2023! Now is the perfect time to bring out some Asian inspired activities to kick off the study of the continent of Asia.
Lunar New Year
In the classroom, teachers can introduce the Lunar New Year through activities, storytelling and craft projects. For example, children can learn about Chinese zodiac animals by creating masks of the 12 animals. Other activities like making dumplings, paper lanterns and lucky money envelopes can help them become more familiar with the holiday’s symbols and customs.
Studying Animals native to Asia is a great way to begin diving into Asian culture. Some of the most unique and exotic animals live on the continent of Asia and they are typically well known by children in the classroom. Tigers, peacocks, elephants and pandas are just a few of the animals you'll get to study during this unit.
Red Pandas will quickly become a class favorite because of their cute features and interesting living habits. Pair this puzzle with a book about the animals for a deep dive into the red panda!
Practical Life Activities
While you are diving into Asian studies, now is a great time to change up some of the works on your practical life shelf.
Since children have been practicing pouring since the beginning of the year, it's a perfect time to introduce the next level pouring activity of the tea set. The beautiful Chinese tea set is fragile and takes a careful hand to use. Plus, only an experienced pourer will know when to stop before overfilling a tea cup.
Next Stop, Japan!
After celebrating the Lunar New Year with a deep study of China, move throughout the continent of Asia to Japan. This sushi transfer work is a unique activity to add to your classroom.
The thoughtfully painted wooden sushi pieces come with everything your students need to practice preparing sushi and using chopsticks! This set is well made and will last even after years of consistent classroom use. Plus, its an easy way to update your practical life shelf!
Pair the sushi set with a unique South Pacific hibiscus wooden transferring set. This set comes with two bowls a tray and spoon. It can easily be filled with shells, rice, or gems to promote the work of transferring.