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).
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.
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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