I didn’t grow up celebrating Chinese New Year, but it’s a holiday we’ve started celebrating since QBoy joined our family. This year, Chinese New Year starts on February 10 and we will be saying goodbye to the Year of the Dragon and welcoming in the Year of the Snake. The kids have been getting quite excited about the approach of Chinese New Year. Seeing their interest, we have engaged in some Chinese New Year activities at home in anticipation of the holiday.
Note: For more kid-friendly Chinese New Year ideas, see my Chinese New Year Activities for Kids page.
We’ve been reading a few books about Chinese New Year. One particular book the kids have enjoyed is Lion Dancer: Ernie Wan’s Chinese New Year by Kate Waters.
The book tells the true story of a young Chinese-American boy living in New York’s Chinatown who gets to do a lion dance on Chinese New Year. This book, along with seeing a lion dancers at a community festival last fall, has really gotten the kids interested in lion dancing.
Lately, they have taken to practicing lion dancing themselves.
On a recent day, QBoy put a colorful quilt over his head to symbolize the lion dance costume. He paraded around the house in lion dance fashion.
While QBoy danced around like a lion, XGirl banged on a drum to make lion dance music (just as Ernie and his younger brother played lion dance music in the book).
This was just a spontaneous bit of fun the kids came up with one afternoon, but we all had so much fun with it.
More Chinese New Year resources
More Chinese New Year posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Chinese New Year Printables Pack
- Books about Chinese New Year
- Chinese New Year drum craft
- Chinese New Year Do-a-Dot Printables
- Chinese New Year lantern
- Chinese New Year Bingo
- Chinese New Year sensory bin
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