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This week we will be talking about Celebrations, especially Chinese New Year (Friday 12th) and Valentines Day (Sunday 14th).

We will also be talking about other family celebrations such as birthdays, weddings, Eid and Christmas.

Make-it Monday

Today we will be making paper dragon puppets in recognition of the dragon dance often seen in Chinese New Year celebrations. 

(There are lots of video clips of this dance on YouTube). 

 

See images below for ideas to make a paper dragon puppet:

  • Draw a simple shape of a dragon's face for children to colour.
  • Cut out and attach to a lolly stick or spoon.
  • Attach coloured strips of paper to the back of the head of the dragon.
  • Watch Youtube clip of dragon dance (or put any music on your TV or phone).
  • Encourage your child to move their dragon to 'dance' to the music.

 

Taste-it Tuesday

In celebration of Chinese New Year, the children will be making and tasting noodles in Nursery today.

  • Children will touch the hard pre-cooked noodles.
  • The adult will cook them in boiling water.
  • Then the children will touch and compare the soft noodles.
  • Next, children can add a variety of extra ingredients (optional)- peas, sweetcorn, grated carrot, ketchup, soy sauce.
  • Eat with chopsticks? or a fork smiley Enjoy!

 

 

Wiggle Wednesday

Moving to music is good fun and improves children's physical skills as they develop balance and coordination.

Listening to music from different cultures will support children's understanding that although children/ families throughout the world are very similar, loving and caring for each other, people enjoy different music and speak different languages.

 

Children might need an adult or older sibling to model the actions in the first song today. 

Chinese New Year Song/ Dragon Dance for Children

Chinese New Year Dance: Q-dees Kids Edition

Thrilling Thursday

Another celebration this week will be Valentines Day when we show how much we love somebody. Talk to your child about the ways we can show people that they are special.

Help your child to make a fingerprint heart card to give to somebody special.

Funky Friday

Today we will look at some Chinese celebrations in our own city of Liverpool! We will then have fun and do some dragon movements! 

CBeebies: Celebrating Chinese New Year - Let's Celebrate

Abbie takes to the street with her family for a parade and firecracker display.

Now for some movement! Listen carefully, watch and try to join in.

Dragon Dance for EYFS (Chinese New Year Workshop Snippet!)

Well done!  Now listen to this song and you can join in too. Many words are repeated.

Dragon Dance (Chinese New Year Song)

Happy Chinese New Year to you all!

Happy Valentines Day too!

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