Chinese New Year

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A Chinese Dragon picture

The 23rd January 2012 is Chinese New Year and the Year of the Rabbit becomes the Year of the Dragon. This is an opportunity for children to learn about one of the world’s oldest cultures and the customs associated with the festival.

For a countdown to the day visit Chinese New Year 2012 , there you will also find stories and a break down of the 15 day event as well as lots more information about the dragon personality, dragon story and dragon dance!

Many teachers have shared IWB notebooks made in previous years, see a whole collection of Smart Notebooks relating to the Chinese New Year at the Smart Exchange (if you have not already signed up it is worth doing so)

Other recommended website links:

BBC Schools – Chinese New Year information and activities

Activity Village  – Chinese New Year printables and craft ideas

Topmarks has Chinese New Year videos, songs, dances, the zodiac in simple language and craft ideas

Chinese New Year information presented in simple facts and figures for older pupils

More Chinese craft ideas at Enchanted Learning

Taboos and Superstitions of Chinese New Year

Traditional Chinese New Year Food

A Virtual Tour of China

Whole unit of work on Chinese Inventions and Chinese New Year from Scholastic 

PowerPoint presentations

Delightful, simple version of the story of Chinese New Year for primary school pupils

A collection of educational PowerPoint presentations ready made and free to download

Finally –

There is a whole section of resources shared by teachers in the TES