Activities to do at home:
- Cook some traditional Chinese food at home. Focus on developing your child's mathematical skills by talking about measuring and time. Develop their physical skills by cutting, rolling, mashing and stirring. Develop their understanding of different foods by talking about what types of food they are using such as fruit, vegetables, meat or dairy. Some child friendly recipes can be found at: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/kids-cooking or http://www.kidspot.com.au/kitchen/recipes/collection/chinese-recipes
- Enjoy some traditional Chinese food as a family - whether this is home cooked, a take-away treat or a restaurant. Talk to your child about what they can taste. What do they like/dislike? What do you think is in the dish? How do they think it is made?
- It is the Year of the Monkey - here are some great ideas and crafts to help celebrate Chinese New Year - https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/chinese-new-year
- Watch and listen to the Chinese New Year story - http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories/lets-celebrate-chinesenewyearperformance
- Create your own Chinese restaurant at home - encourage your child to take your order, 'make' you some food, serve you it and bring you a receipt! This is a great imaginative activity which can develop their language, writing, mathematical and imaginative skills!
- A book to support the weekly topic is 'Fortune Cookie Fortunes' by Grace Lin - This simple picture book celebrates Asian American culture in the shape of one of its best-known symbols: the fortune cookie. A young girl describes how these are the highpoint of her visit to a Chinese restaurant and she wonders whether there is any truth in the predictions they enclose. She pays close attention to the activities of various family members in the days following their outing, and is amused to detect many correspondences.