Week of Preschool Activities inspired by Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year Week for Preschoolers Featuring My First Chinese New Year

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One of the great things about having weekly themes is that you can introduce your children to different cultures and celebrations through books and activities. This week is Chinese New Year and we have chosen a fun book to introduce some of the traditions and activities that children in China and Chinese Homes do as they celebrate the Luna New Year. My First Chinese New Year and this week of a simple, fun, playful and learning activities is a fun way to talk about different cultures too.

Fun Week of Chinese New Year Activities for Preschoolers including recommend books to learn about celebrations and culture whilst playing, creating and having fun.

Virtual Book Club for Kids Featured Book My First Chinese New Year

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In this lovely picture book for preschoolers My First Chinese New Year by Karen Katz, you follow a young girl as she prepares to celebrate the New Year. It is filled with collages and fun illustrations and covers the basic activities from the red letter to the parade that are part of the celebrations.

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Chinese New Activities for Preschoolers

We have selected 5 simple activities for you and your preschooler to do this week so you can have fun, create, play and learn together whilst also learning about a celebration from a different culture.

Although we have provided a guide below for setting out your week of activities it doesn’t have to be done like that. Pick 1, 2 or even all of the activities and do them in a day or stretch them over the week. Also scroll down and find more activities to do together in our Pinterest Board.

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Sensory Activity for the Week of Chinese New Year with Preschoolers

This week we are setting up a Chinese New Year Sensory Bin as the sensory activity to do with your preschooler.

We love setting these up at the beginning of the week and then leaving them out to allow your preschooler to play with the contents throughout the week.

Alphabet and Letter Activity for Chinese New Year

Just for fun this week our alphabet letter is more about seeing that other countries have a different way of writing than us.

Animals of the Chinese Zodiac in Symboles for Children to copy

Print out our image above of the Symbols for the Animals of the Chinese Zodiac and then using a paintbrush write them.

To connect the word with the object find toys or pictures you may have and connect them together.

Math Activity for Chinese New Year

For our math activity this week we are going to play a counting game inspired by the Red Envelopes that are exchanged at Chinese New Year.

Preschool Recipe for Chinese New Year

Inspired by Chinese Fortune Cookies this recipe for Chinese New Year is easy to make with your preschooler and great to share.

Make your own Chinese Fortune Cookies from Fruit Roll-Ups

Chinese New Year Craft for Preschoolers

There are lots of arts and crafts you can do with your preschooler this week (do check out our Pinterest Board below for inspiration if you want more ideas).

But our favourite one is to create some Chinese New Year Drums.

More Books for Preschoolers about the Lunar New Year

Whether you can’t find the featured book or you want to add a few more recommended books for your preschoolers this week check out these 3 extra’s we recommend and enjoyed with our own preschoolers to read more about the Chinese New Year.

Dragon Dance by Holub

Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin

Chelsea’s Chinese New Year by Lisa Bullard

More Chinese New Year Activities for Preschoolers

If you are looking for more inspiration for the week check out our Chinese New Year Pinterest Board Below for even more ideas.

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