Some of our families in Preschool are from China, so it was lovely being able to celebrate their New Year. Sally read the story of how the years came to be named after animals and the children found out that they were born either in the Year of the Rooster or the Year of the Monkey.
Sally and Max brought in some Chinese artefacts that they have at home – a beautiful calligraphy box, medicine balls, a dress, a fan and a red coin purse. The children learned that it is tradition to give the gift of a bright, beautiful red envelope to friends and family and that the red colour symbolises good luck and prosperity in Chinese.
Our local Sainsbury’s gave us lots of Chinese goodies to share with the children – biscuits, lychees, prawn crackers, Chinese-style prawns and spring rolls. We also watched a video of children celebrating New Year in China and painted some pictures afterwards.