Fun Activities to Learn Chinese

Dear Dinosaur Book Book That Inspired My Son To Write - My son still remembers the Museum of Natural History in New York City, even though it’s been two years since our last visit. Perhaps that is why he enjoyed the book Dear Dinosaur so much. This is the book that inspired my son to write on his own! Really not a big deal, but kind of a big deal fro a kid that doesn’t like writing! The book is interactive with cards and letters that you have to open to… Continue Reading
halloween decorations Halloween Decorations - Halloween season has arrived! I’m kicking off this holiday with skeleton and bat Halloween decorations. They are quick and easy to DIY and best of all, practically FREE! The skeleton is made using repurposed packing materials. The bat pennant banner is black construction paper. We love playing dress up and have an extensive costume collection for the kids. Sadly my own costume collection was sacrificed when we moved into a smaller apartment. I spent many nights sewing until the morning… Continue Reading
drumming activity Drumming Activity - Our biggest learning hurdle is keeping my son engaged. He has a very short attention span which is totally normal for kids. This multisensory drumming activity really got the kids excited. They had big smiles the entire time and they effectively learned a character in less than one minute! Last week my son came home and could barely wait to tell me about their guest teacher. They had a special drumming class and he absolutely loved it! His face was… Continue Reading
Pea shoots in eggshells Growing Activities and Vocabulary - My son’s teacher mentioned that he spends most of recess digging in the dirt and pretending to grow things. It’s July and the weather is FINALLY warming up where we live. We have been working on growing activities and vocabulary in Chinese. What a great opportunity to make learning fun by incorporating a child’s interests. We recently had a playdate at the park on the same day the city was building a community garden. He forgot all about his playdate… Continue Reading
tablet lightbox tracing Tablet Lightbox Tracing - Another great way to prepare your child for writing is tracing. I turned our ipad into a lightbox. My son hates writing but enjoyed this tablet lightbox tracing activity. He explains, “因為好酷啊!”. Of course there are apps that allow you to use a finger to trace the Chinese character, but I prefer pen on paper. It’s good for children to get use to holding a pen. Plus this way there are no distractions, flashy lights, advertisements, cartoons, etc. Many households… Continue Reading
magic flashcards Magic Flashcards - These magic flashcards require a secret decoder. How fun! I actually came up with this idea for another project and my son begged me to make him something. All you need are the free printable files and something red and transparent. Please note that it must be red or this will not work. Some items you may use are cellophane wrapping, an index foler/divider, acetate projector sheet, etc. In my case I had the lid from a plastic food container… Continue Reading
Yoga Infographic - In celebration of international yoga day I created this yoga infographic of basic poses with the translations in Chinese. These poses are easy enough for toddlers too! Yoga benefits your mind and body. It’s a great way to unwind and relax. It is even suggested as an activity for children with sensory processing disorders because it helps them be more aware of their own body. For further reading I found this article interesting. Yoga Infographic in Traditional Chinese with Zhuyin… Continue Reading
Flashcard Game Flashcard Game - My kids are loving this flashcard game! They didn’t even know I was tricking them into learning Chinese characters. They were just excited that I asked them to run indoors! Last week, Betty from Chalk Academy posted a photo of a game her 5 year old daughter made up. All you need to do is create a circle with flashcards. One player sits in the middle, another runs around the circle until the seated player says, “stop!” It’s similar to… Continue Reading
Dragon Activity Chinese New Year Dragon Activity - Another rainy day here so we are spending the morning on this Chinese New Year dragon activity inspired by an image from It’s always Autumn. It’s likely you’ll already have all the supplies needed for this activity. I used some empty cracker/biscuit boxes. Autumn uses cereal boxes so I adjusted the size accordingly. We are making our dragons red for Chinese New Year. My 4 year old his using red paint, while my 2 year old is tearing pieces of… Continue Reading
Chinese Food Cart Peddlers Chinese Food Cart - Seems like social media is all abuzz about Chinese New Year and the excitement is contagious. This year, I’m giddy to say we will be in Taiwan for the holiday festivities. While everyone is preparing with decorations and cooking, I am teaching my kids the characters for our favorite foods by creating a Chinese food cart. We are a family that LOVES to eat! My 4 year old dreams of owning a food truck, though the Chinese mom in me… Continue Reading

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