This year Chinese New Year starts on Monday 8th February and will end on January 27th 2017. It’s the year of the monkey which means the lucky colours are white, gold and blue. The start of Chinese New Year is full of excitement, colour and celebrations, so we’ve come up with some ideas to help you and your little one join in.

Make a Chinese lantern

Chinese lanterns are pretty to look at and fun to make, and best of all, you can decorate them however you want. Here’s what you’ll need to make one:

  • Coloured card or paper
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tape

Step one: Fold the card or paper in half

Step two: use the scissors to cut straight lines leaving 2cm at the edge

Step three: unfold the card and tape the two edges together to create your lantern shape

Step four: cut a strip of card (you can make this a different colour if you like) around 2-3cm thick, this will be your handle. Then stick to the top of lantern.

You can decorate your lantern in any way that you like, you might want to add some glitter, draw patterns with metallic pens or make lots of lanterns hang them on a string and decorate the home with them.

Make a home-cooked Chinese meal

It’s good to teach your children about the types of food that other countries eat, not only does it improve their knowledge of the world but it also introduces them to foods and flavours that they might not try otherwise. While you’re cooking your Chinese meal, teach your child about kitchen safety such as being careful when around sharp knives and heat.

Try out this BBC Good Food chow-mein recipe or if you’re feeling a little adventurous and you and your child like to try new recipes then take a look at these Chinese food recipes from Jamie Oliver.

The best thing about Chinese food? It’s delicious and it’s healthy!

Take a trip into town

City centres such as Manchester, Liverpool, London, Newcastle and Nottingham all have Chinese New Year parades that light up the town centre. They feature stalls, shows and dances and they are a great way to show children how different countries celebrate their New Year – plus they are loads of fun!

 

What will you and your family do to celebrate Chinese New Year? Let us know on social media today!