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Week 6

Week 6 


Chinese New year  


Good Morning Nursery, this week we will learning all about Chinese New Year! 


During half term, millions of people will be celebrating Chinese New Year. The reason the new year falls at this time is because it marks the start of the lunar new year, which is when there is the start of a new moon.  


The date of Chinese New Year actually changes each year because it depends on the moon. 

Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival. 


It is the most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. 


In Chinese tradition, each year is named after one of 12 animals, which feature in the Chinese zodiac: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. 

So the animals will have a year dedicated to them once every 12 years, in a cycle. 


This year is the year of the Ox 




Watch this story all about how the animals got their place in the Chinese calendar.

CBeebies | Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year) | Zodiac Story

Learn how the Zodiac years were named by the Jade Emperor.

Here are some more video clips all about Chinese New Year! 

CBeebies: Celebrating Chinese New Year - Let's Celebrate

Abbie takes to the street with her family for a parade and firecracker display.

Facts about Chinese New Year

This is an educational video that gives us a small insight to this holiday.

Here are some cards you might like to make;
Can you use chopsticks? If you do not have any chopsticks try using two pencils, see if you can pick anything up using them e.g cotton wool balls, beads, blocks,  its quite tricky!! 



Look at these numbers. Practice writing some Chinese numbers in a tray of salt or sand using a paintbrush or your finger. You could even try using some black paint and a thin paint brush! 


Can you play this Chinese counting game?

Busy Box  

You can create a busy box from any container filled with items that you can find around the home such as pom poms, buttons, or building blocks. Busy boxes are a great way to entertain younger children, while also developing fine motor skills and encouraging independent exploration 


Here are some ideas:  

Magnetic Letters  

Sort your letters by colour.  

Group your letters. 

Write your name using your letters.  

Pom Poms  

Sort your pom poms by colour.  

Sort your pom poms by size.  

How many different groups can you make with your pom poms?  

Use your pom poms to write your name. 

Draw or paint a pattern onto paper or card. Copy the pattern using your pom poms.



Sort your buttons by colour. 

Sort your buttons by size. 

Sort your buttons by shape. 

Thread your buttons onto string to 

create a bracelet. 

Thread your buttons onto pipe 

cleaners to create trees. 

Building Bricks 

Sort your bricks by colour. 

Sort your bricks by size.  

Create something using only 10 bricks. 

Write your name using your bricks. 

Create something using an odd number of bricks. 

Knowledge and Understanding of the world 


Before the festivities begin, people clean their homes really well to make them ready for the celebrations.


Then, when New Year's Day comes, there is a tradition not to pick up a broom, in case you sweep the good luck for the New Year out of the door! 


Fireworks are also set off, because it is thought that noise and lights will scare away any evil spirits for the coming months. 

Adults might give red envelopes to children with money inside too. 

The festivities continue for two weeks, finishing with a special lantern festival, which signals the end of the New Year celebration period. 

Can you make a firework picture? You could use paint, chalk or felt tip pens. 

There will be parades and performances, with people dressed in traditional clothes. 

Watch this video of a Chinese dragon dance.

Dragon Dance for Chinese New Year 2020

Listen to this Let's move lesson all about Chinese customs.



Have a look at this wonderful PowerPoint which shows you how to make a paper fan.

Try to make your own paper dragon.
Can you make a Chinese lucky money envelope?
Use your scissor skills to make a Chinese lantern.

How To Make A Chinese Paper Lantern

Try making an ox puppet.
Here are some more activities for you can try.

Singing / Yoga



Cracker The Dragon Of Wonder | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!

A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure with Cracker The Dragon Of Wonder all about seeing the wonderful in everything!

Chinese New Year Song for Kids

Chinese Dragon Dance for Children.

Here are lots more interesting things to look at all about Chinese new year.


My First Chinese New Year - By Karen Katz