Thursday, February 18, 2010

Bringing In the New Year

Since we are “in China” this week, I brought quite a few books about China from the library. Bringing In the New Year was definitely the favorite – Anna asked for it many times. I think she could connect to the story because it featured a family with three girls, so she could track who is who on each page. It talks about the traditions for Chinese New Year on just the right level for her – not to complicated and not too easy (she didn’t like My First Chinese New Year by Karen Katz much).

Feb17_Lantern1

I thought it would be a good idea to make a lantern. I found pretty detailed instructions for inept crafters like myself here. What I realized quickly is that there wasn’t a whole lot for Anna to do in this craft, since she wasn’t interested much in decorating her lantern and bailed out of cutting after cutting once. She was very anxious to help me tape it together though – it was her favorite part.

Feb17_Lantern2

Now comes an interesting insight into how my daughter’s mind works. After the lantern was done, she looked at it and announced, It doesn’t look right. It doesn’t have a candle. I attempted to explain to her that this is a pretend lantern. She just shrugged and said, No, it’s not right. It has to have something on the bottom for a candle. This is when I came up with an idea to tape a plastic cup to the bottom. This instantly made her happy, especially since she could put things into her lantern. I suggested to pretend that we are celebrating Chinese New Year, and she looked at me funny and said, New Year already passed! This is my Halloween Chinese bag for candy!

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9 comments:

Debbie said...

I love her Halloween Chinese bag for candy! Great idea!

min said...

I love her ingenuity! We need more people like her who can think out of the box! Makes me want to give her some Chinese Halloween candy to put in her Halloween Chinese bag. Thanks for sharing your book recommendations, I'm going to look for it at the library today.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I love that! Who needs a lantern, when you can have a bag for candy?

MamaGames said...

That's great - sounds just like my kiddos! They always have their own strong opinions about when something is "right" and what it's supposed to be! :)

Ticia said...

I love how she's thinking on this! And it's probably just how my kids would have done it.
You know I remember making Chinese paper lanterns in my classes at Country Lane Elementary growing up there.

Brimful Curiosities said...

The cup addition is genius. Happy Year of the Tiger.

Rebecca said...

Very cool bag!

Wonder Mom said...

You tell her I said she should try to go trick or treating- I bet she would actually come back with some loot!

melaniet42 said...

Oh, the minds of children. I LOVE what they come up with. Neat project!