To celebrate Chinese New Year which starts this Saturday we had an old Chinese folktale. I took it from my copy of Folktales from Around the World book. The story in the book is a little short so I have created my own version of The Youngest Wisest Wife, which I have shared with you below.
After the story we made lanterns, fans and windchimes which feature in the story, the instructions for which are below.
With Chinese New Year coming up on February 22nd I wanted to give you a story and some craft ideas about the different animals of the zodiac. There are lots of stories about how the animals were chosen and why but this one brings them nicely together. I have linked through to other posts for you to make the animals of the story, this has tied in nicely with the farm animals series we have been doing. This year is the year of the goat or though that is debated some say the year of the ram.
How the animals were chosen for the Chinese zodiac:-
Long, long ago the Jade Emperor of China decided there should be a way of measuring time. On his birthday he told the animals that there was to be a swimming face. The first tweleve animals across a fast flowing river would be the winners and they would each have a year named after them.
All the animals were excited by this and they eagerly lined up on the river bank. The rat and the cat who were good friends, were worried because they weren’t good swimmers. But being clieve they asked the strong ox if he would carry them across the river. “Of course,” said the kind ox.” Just climb on my back and I will carry you across.” Continue reading →
Trip trap, trip trap, trip trap. Who’s that trip trapping across my blog!
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As we are nearing the end of of farm animals series, this week it is the turn of the goat. I chose the goat as it will soon be Chinese New Year and this year is the year of the goat according to some sources. Although some say the year of the ram. Anyway it is a horned animal. So our story this week is Three Billy Boats Gruff and it is always a good one to tell as the children always love the repetitive ‘trip trap’.
I was glad when I found out the teacher wasn’t going to be doing any specific activities this week for Chinese New Year as that left me with an opportunity.
Firstly I wanted the kids to know about all the animals of the chinese zodiac I had downloaded this story to read. This year the chinese will be celebrating the year of the snake. So we set to work making sock snakes.