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Teach kids about China with 15 best Chinese New Year sites

Chinese New Year is celebrated this year on Friday, January 31. This year begins the Year of the Horse. Special days like these are a great time to use for introducing children to history and cultural unit studies related to China. Go a step further, and use it for a science unit study about the horse as well.

Chinese New Year is a great time to learn about China
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Following are a host of 15 fun sites to use as a guide to learn about China:

China is in the news a lot lately for massive advancements, but ironically one of the most widely associated food items of China, the fortune cookie, was actually invented in the United States. Some Chinese inventions include:

It is a tradition to exchange lucky money envelopes on Chinese New Year. Here are a couple red envelope templates and lesson plans:

One of the most fun and easy art activities is to make a Chinese lantern. Use some pretty scrapbook paper or old wallpaper, or even tear out some colorful magazine pages, for some beautiful results.

Cultural studies and social studies are very easy to slip into a Chinese New Year lesson plan. Learn about the country by coloring the Chinese flag and labeling and exploring a map of China.

This coloring sheet of the Great Wall of China would be fun to use to write out vocabulary words on each step, or to count the steps and label them in ordinal sequential order.

No lesson is complete without incorporating language arts and handwriting skills. The Chinese language is made up of symbols that resemble pictures of meanings of the words they represent. Following are some fun Chinese writing sheets:

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