2022-2023

K3

Name of Activity

Chinese Restaurant

Objectives

・Understand the types and characteristics of dim sum.
・To enhance children’s knowledge about traditional food utensils by making steamers.
・To learn traditional Chinese morning tea culture by visiting a Chinese restaurant.

Brief Descriptions

Due to the pandemic, many children have missed out on the opportunity to visit Chinese restaurants and enjoy tea, so they lack of knowledge the culture of drinking tea and eating dim sum.
This activity allows children to understand the characteristics and types of dim sum and experience the exquisiteness of Chinese craftsmanship through the steamer-making activity.
Children can learn about Chinese food culture by simulating restaurant visits, cultivating dietary skills, etiquette, and social skills.

K2

Name of Activity

Shadow Play

Objectives

・Learn about the traditional Chinese art of “Shadow Play”.
・Exploring the connection between light and darkness.
・Gain an understanding and appreciation for different shadow art performances.

Brief Descriptions

Exploratory activities bring a lot of joy to children. By experiencing different sensory stimuli, they can learn about Chinese culture and the fascinating art of “Shadow Play”. This traditional folk art is a fantastic way to help children understand their heritage, while also cultivating their interest in art and a sense of national pride.
During these activities, children are encouraged to interact with each other through observation, communication, discussion, co-production, and co-performance. This helps promote their language expression ability, creativity, and inquiry skills, which in turn encourages autonomy, independence, and the courage to tackle challenges.

K1

Name of Activity

Chinese Traditional Toys

Objectives

  • Learn about the names and techniques used in traditional Chinese toys.
  • Discover how to play with spinning tops and balancing bamboo dragonflies.
  • Develop an attitude of love towards traditional culture and appreciation for artwork created by oneself.

Brief Descriptions

Nowadays, children are proficient in using modern technology, but they may not be familiar with the toys and gadgets that were popular among ancient children. By engaging in interactive learning activities centered around traditional Chinese toys, we aim to educate children about these gadgets and help them appreciate the ingenuity of their ancestors. Not only do these simple and eco-friendly toys offer entertainment, but they can also bring joy and happiness.

K1

Name of Activity

Dragon Boat Festival (making rice dumplings)

Objectives

  • Understand the origin and customs of Dragon Boat Festival.
  • Know the materials and steps of making rice dumplings.
  • Share the fun of eating rice dumplings.

Brief Descriptions

The “Dragon Boat Festival” falls on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month every year. The activity allows children to understand the origin and customs of Dragon Boat Festival, telling the story of Qu Yuan and the origin of dragon boat racing.
Through the “Making Zongzi” activity, children can learn about the different materials used to make Zongzi (glutinous rice, mung beans, pork, egg yolks and glutinous rice leaves), the steps of making Zongzi, and try to put the materials on the leaves.
During the sharing activity, children were allowed to open cooked rice dumplings, observe the difference between raw and cooked rice dumplings, and taste the traditional food “rice dumplings” together.

K3

Name of Activity

Chinese facial makeup

Objectives

・Recognize the basic characteristics of Chinese facial makeup (shape, color and pattern).
・Train hand-eye coordination ability.
・Learn to appreciate the makeup patterns on the faces of traditional opera actors.

Brief Descriptions

Facial makeup is the painting on the faces of traditional opera actors and is one of the traditional Chinese arts. By appreciating videos and pictures, children can observe the different shapes of facial makeup and understand the basic characteristics of Chinese facial makeup (most facial makeup is symmetrical, and different figures and roles have different patterns). During the process, children are taught the basic procedures and steps of facial painting, and children are guided to abide by specific specifications in their free creations. After the activity is completed, children’s works are displayed to create an atmosphere that promotes traditional art.

K2

Name of Activity

Paper-cut art

Objectives

・Know the method of paper-cutting and half-folding skills.
・Let children master small muscle control skills.
・Cultivate children to appreciate traditional Chinese art.

Brief Descriptions

Paper-cut art is one of Chinese folk arts. Through paper-cutting activities, let children learn the skills and steps of paper-cutting and origami, such as: the method of folding paper in half, using scissors to cut out simple shapes and the method of uncovering paper, etc. During the process, let the children develop their creativity and use a pair of small hands to cut out their own paper-cut works of art. In the Chinese Culture Exhibition, display children’s paper-cut art works and learn to appreciate the beauty of traditional Chinese paper-cut art.

K3

Name of Activity

Chinese Painting (Lovely Panda)

Objectives

・ Children can name the utensils for Chinese calligraphy and painting (the four treasures of the study): paper, pen, ink, and inkstone.
・Children can master the light and gravity of the brush to control the thickness of the lines.
・Cultivate children’s interest in traditional Chinese ink painting.

Brief Descriptions

The panda is not only a treasure of the Chinese people but also a beloved animal among children. In this activity, children had the opportunity to apply their ink painting skills to depict pandas. Through watching a video demonstration, children carefully observed the ink’s transformations, which ignited their imagination and creativity. They were able to express the appearance, characteristics, and shape of pandas from various perspectives. Each artwork possessed a unique style, showcasing the adorable nature of the beloved Chinese character ‘Panda’ on a piece of Chinese Xuan paper.

K2

Name of Activity

Koi Fish Chinese New Year Rice Cake

Objectives

・Learn about the traditional and customary foods during the Lunar New Year.
・Learn the making process of rice cakes.
・Share learning results with your family and enjoy the spirits of traditional festivals.

Brief Descriptions

The Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) marks the beginning of the Chinese lunar calendar and is the most solemn and lively ancient traditional festival among the people. By making Koi Fish Chinese rice cakes, children can understand the symbolic meaning behind them and deepen their understanding of traditional food. The teacher demonstrated the basic steps of making rice cakes, and the children made their own koi fish rice cakes. Once finished, the children were encouraged to take them home and share with their families. Through this activity, children can experience the joy of preparing food, learn the traditional methods of making festival food, and play a significant role in preserving and inheriting our cultural heritage.

K1

Name of Activity

Funny DIY Lantern

Objectives

・Understand the uses and characteristics of lanterns.
・Master the technique of folding round colored paper in half.
・Deepen children’s understanding of traditional culture.

Brief Descriptions

During the activity, children experienced lanterns as traditional Chinese handicrafts and realized that using lanterns as decorations during festivals such as the Mid-Autumn Festival and Lantern Festival adds a festive atmosphere. By manipulating lanterns, children understand that lanterns can provide lighting. Additionally, they can share their past experiences of playing with lanterns during the Mid-Autumn Festival. Children also expressed great interest in making lanterns to decorate the classroom. Therefore, they created their own lanterns through origami, pasting, and paper cutting.

K3

Name of Activity

The unique “Chinese type-cast” art

Objectives

・To understand the features of different Chinese fonts.
・To explore the techniques of the “Chinese type-cast” art.
・To acknowledge the techniques of using a seal.

Brief Descriptions

First, play the “Bingo” game with children, and each child needs to hold two cards and take turns passing one card to their classmates in the same direction. If children hold the same cards, children should shout “Bingo!” and show the pair of cards. With teacher’s guidance, children try to name the characteristics of different fonts after observation and comparison, then to design different types of fonts with online font-designing websites . After learning various Chinese fonts, children choose a single word from their name as a representative and have to draw the word on a foam board under guidance. Then, children cast the foam board as a Chinese seal with bamboo sticks, and stamp their personal works after coloring the stamp. Hence, to help children experience the structure of Chinese characters through the extended use of Chinese seals.

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