Although my daughter recognizes the characters for 木 (mù / wood), 树 (shù / tree), and 森林 (sēnlín / forest), I thought it would be fun to show her how visualize 木 as a pictograph radical that is part of 树. This was a helpful way to teach her that Chinese words with 木 are made of wood, such as 椅子 (yǐzi / chair)，桌子 (zhuōzi / desk, table).
This pipe cleaner activity is a fun way to mix character recognition, building, and drawing!
What you need for this Chinese learning activity:
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- Pipe cleaners
- Crayons – we love the jumbo ones for toddler hands!
- Large sheet of paper (can also use cardboard if you prefer to recycle and conserve paper)
How to prepare this Chinese learning activity:
- Write 木 with brown marker and 树 with green marker all over paper
- Create 木 with brown pipe cleaner
- Create a tree shape with green pipe cleaner
- Draw a brown tree trunk over each 木 character
- Draw a green tree over each 树 character
My daughter thought the tree pipe cleaner could be a fun stencil, so she used it to trace a few trees! She also had fun drawing a few of her own trees. After drawing, she had fun cutting out the trees!
After this activity, you and your child should recognize 木 and can have fun looking for this Chinese nature character in other Chinese words!
If you learn Chinese nature words with pipe cleaners, let us know! Leave a comment and don’t forget to tag a photo #ChalkAcademy on Instagram.
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