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Fruity Pie

One of my favorite children’s shows that you can watch on Youtube is 水果冰淇淋 (Fruity Pie). This show is the longest running preschool program since it’s first episode aired in 1998. The main characters are four curious puppets and their grandmother. Granny Fruity Pie is played by 趙自強 (Chao Tsu Chiang). He is a supporting actor in Read More

Turkey Coloring Page

Can you believe I almost forgot about Thanksgiving? Sure we’ve talked about what we are going to eat, but then all of a sudden it’s Tuesday and I’ve prepared nothing but this turkey coloring page! Seems like everyone else has too since the Christmas banners are already up in our town. Oh well, we decided Read More

Memory Game Template

I’m in the process of converting a few toys into Chinese learning tools. My sister found this Melissa & Doug matching game at the dollar store, probably due to the typo on one of the inserts. I’m sharing the memory game template in an editable Microsoft Word format and a free printable PDF file of the Read More

Magic Fizzy Chinese

Making magic fizzy Chinese characters was a blast for both kids. They love messy hands on art and science activities and I was able to combine both into this activity. This is similar to salt painting but less wasteful in my opinion because we can use the old baking soda that’s probably been sitting in Read More

A day in Shilin, Taipei

Visiting Taipei with kids? Here’s an itinerary for one of my favorite days in the Shilin area. It’s not MRT accessible but taxis are not expensive. Taipei Children’s Amusement park For breakfast I suggest fan tuan 飯糰 at a local vendor near your hotel, then hop in a taxi and head to the Taipei Children’s Read More

Reusable Worksheets

Time to test out these reusable worksheets during our home school day. The Camp Fire in Sacramento has been burning for over a week now. Although some 80 miles from where we live, the air quality is so bad here that we’ve been hiding in doors all week. According to online sources, breathing this polluted Read More

30 in 30: First Chinese Characters

This past month has been especially busy. With Halloween festivities and end of the year work projects, I’ve had little time to focus on teaching Chinese. Then tonight while tidying up after dinner I noticed my messy pile of learning materials. Feeling disappointed in myself for not having time for my own Mandarin learning, I Read More

Rice Cooker Muah Chee Recipe

My son shares my love of muah chee, a chewy treat similar to Japanese mochi. We rarely make it out of the Japanese market without a package of mochi, which is expensive to buy but cheap to make at home. This rice cooker muah chee recipe is easy enough for my 4 year old to Read More

Bulldozer Costume and Worksheet

Happy Halloween week everyone! I’m so happy my son shares my love for costumes. I’ve made his costumes since his very first Halloween. This is our second year making his costume together and I hope to make it yearly tradition. Here are photos of our bulldozer costume and worksheet that I created to go along Read More

Halloween Mandarin Learning Activity

Ok, here goes my first ever post! I found this banner kit at Micheal’s (for 50% off!) and created a worksheet and flashcards to turn our DIY session into a Halloween Mandarin Learning activity. I’m SLOWLY working with my 4 yr old son and 2 yr old daughter to learn Traditional Chinese characters. The graphics Read More