Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Celebrating Chinese New Year with Preschoolers

To celebrate Chinese New Year at preschool, I printed this dragon mask template on card stock and then cut it out. I had my preschoolers color with markers and then we attached a large craft stick and red streamers to the sides for some added pizazz. The children had lots of fun pretending to be dragons.

During circle time we read Bringing In the New Year by Grace Lin. This is a perfect read-a-loud book for preschoolers.
From Amazon: "This exuberant story follows a Chinese American family as they prepare for the Lunar New Year. Each member of the family lends a hand as they sweep out the dust of the old year, hang decorations, and make dumplings. Then it’s time to put on new clothes and celebrate with family and friends. There will be fireworks and lion dancers, shining lanterns, and a great, long dragon parade to help bring in the Lunar New Year. And the dragon parade in our book is extra long–on a surprise fold-out page at the end of the story. Grace Lin’s artwork is a bright and gloriously patterned celebration in itself! And her story is tailor-made for reading aloud."


  1. You are invited to join my new weekly link-up "Say it Two Ways Thursdays"! I would love for you to link up activities like this that teach children about other languages and cultures. Link up at http://toddlefast.blogspot.com/search/label/Say It Two Ways Thursdays.

  2. We love this book too. Thanks for sharing with Afterschool!