Storytime: Chinese New Year

DOOR 2 DOOR STORYTIME

EARLY CHILDHOOD LITERACY SKILLS:  Vocabulary & Print Awareness

BOOKS TO DISPLAY
My First Chinese New Year
by Karen Katz
Bringing in the New Year
by Grace Lin
Bee-Bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park
Red Book
by Barbara Lehmen
Red is a Dragon
by Roseanne Thong
Round is a Mooncake
by Roseanne Thong
Ten Mice for Tet by Pegi Deitz Shea
This Next New Year
by Janet S. Wong
A New Year’s Reunion
by Yu Li Qiong
Fortune Cookies
by Albert Bitterman

BASIC TIMELINE

  1. Intro
  2. Hello Song
  3. Action Rhyme
  4. Song
  5. Read-a-Loud Book
  6. Flannelboard
  7. Read-a-Loud Book
  8. Finger Puppet Rhyme
  9. Read-a-Loud Book
  10. ASL Goodbye Song
  11. Craft

READ-A-LOUD BOOKS

Chinese New Year Books
Dragon Dance by Joan Holub
The Pet Dragon by Christoph Niemann
Lucky New Year by Mary Man-Kongy

ACTIVITIES

Action Rhyme: “Chinese Hello” (Mandarin) (via Best Kids Book Site)
Let’s wave and say “Ni hao (nee how)”.
Let’s wave and say “Ni hao”.
Let’s wave and say “Ni hao”.
Let’s say “hello” to all our friends,
Let’s wave and say “Ni hao”.

Flannelboard: “Four Red Dragons” (via Storytime with Miss Mollie)
Four red dragons dancing ’round a tree,
One danced away and then there were three.
Three red dragons dancing ’round you,
One danced away and then there were two.
Two red dragons dancing in the sun,
One danced away and then there were was one.
One red dragon having lots of fun,
She danced away and then there were none.

Action Rhyme: “Gung Hay Fat Choy” (via YouTube)
Gung hay fat choy
Gung hay fat choy
Sing happy new year
Gung hay fat choy
The new year tells us exactly when
To celebrate with family and friends
Gung hay fat choy
Gung hay fat choy
Sing happy new year
Gung hay fat choy
Clean up the house
Get out the broom
Sweep out the old year
Bring in the new
Gung hay fat choy
Gung hay fat choy
Sing happy new year
Gung hay fat choy
The dragon dancers
The lanterns light
The firecrackers light up the night
Gung hay fat choy
Gung hay fat choy
Sing happy new year
Gung hay fat choy

Finger Puppet Rhyme: “Two Chinese Lions” (modified Two Little Blackbirds)
Two Chinese lions dancing next to me,
One named Yip, the other named Yee.
Dance away Yip, dance away Yee.
Come back Yip, come back Yee.

CRAFT: Fire Breathing Dragon!

Dragon Storytime Craft

I got the idea for this storytime craft from Domestic Goddesque. Unfortunately, I did not have enough paper cups to go around. Instead, I sketched a quick pattern, made photocopies and cut everything down to size. That way, my parents and preschoolers could simply glue colored crepe paper to the inside, then roll their dragons and secure the ends using glue and staples. The eyes were attached using glue and staples too.

REVIEW:

Storytime was a bit rough on Thursday morning, but went really well on Thursday night and Friday morning. The munchkins loved the Chinese lion stick puppets, and The Pet Dragon and the lift the flat book, Dragon Dance.

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