Puffy Paint Flashcards are a fun and effective way to learn colors in Chinese, such as 橙色 (chéngsè) versus 橘色 (júsè)! The interesting texture of puffy paint gives sensory input which in turn serves as a memory aid.
The Greenfield 我自己会读 I Can Read series has 96 short, humorous children's stories that are illustrated beautifully and build reading confidence. The CDs give exposure to native Mandarin or Cantonese. In addition, workbooks and flashcards are included.
Counting Felt Hands is a fun, hands-on math activity for children! Kids recognize patterns, identify groups of 5 and 10, skip count by 5 and 10, and learn basic math.
Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year) marks the start a new Zodiac year. Houses are cleaned for a fresh start and decorated with red, gold, and lucky messages! Here are 15 + engaging activities and crafts to ring in the new lunar year!
Generally, I try to coordinate our Chinese activities with American holidays to integrate our cultures so learning feels relevant. To celebrate Valentine's Day, I created a free printable matching came which doubles as a lesson on family members. The printable can also be used as a coloring sheet. In addition, you can print on colorful cardstock and decorate as a Valentine's Day card for relatives.
Felt valentines are a fun and easy way to teach Chinese words with the 心 (heart) radical. To add extra sensory input, write each word with puffy (dimensional ) paint. Children will remember the words more easily with the tactile input and heart shapes!