DailyNoodles Chinese Activity Books for Kids

If your children speak English but you’d like them to learn Chinese, the DailyNoodles Chinese Activity Books are a convenient way to start.

When my daughter was 2 years old, we were speaking English only but I wanted to start learning Chinese with her. Thankfully, I found these Chinese Activity Books by DailyNoodles which helped us learn Chinese numbers and animals in Mandarin Chinese!

DailyNoodles Chinese Activity Books for Kids - learn numbers and animals in Mandarin

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Review of DailyNoodles Chinese Activity Books for Children

Titles and where to buy: (click on the links below)

  1. Daily Noodles My Fun Chinese Book: Numbers
  2. Daily Noodles My Fun Chinese Book: Animals

ISBN: 978-0991466504 (Numbers), 978-0991466528 (Animals)

Authors: Andrea Chen Lin and Yalan Tsai

Publisher: DailyNoodles, Incorporated

Language: English, Simplified Chinese, and Pinyin

Recommended age: 3-7 years

These Chinese activity books are most appropriate for…

  • Busy parents who don’t know how to make hands-on Chinese activities from scratch.
  • Families who speak English or mostly English; they are also good for fully bilingual families as well who are transitioning to a Chinese speaking environment.
  • Toddlers and early elementary school children who are learning animal names and numbers in Chinese.
  • Kids who like to color and make simple crafts.
  • Some exposure to Hanyu Pinyin and simplified Chinese characters

What’s inside the DailyNoodles Chinese Activity Books?

Both Chinese activity book starts with guide from the authors as well as a star sheet to keep track of your child’s progress.

Instructions are mostly in English with keys words in simplified Chinese and pinyin.

At the top of each page is a spot for your child to write his or her name.

A variety of interactive activities are included, and the end of the book has a certificate of completion.

Daily Noodles Chinese Activity Books Numbers Certificate of Achievement

Tips for using the DailyNoodles Chinese Activity Books

  • For activities that don’t involve cutting and pasting, consider laminating or using a sheet protector for repeat use.  This will allow your child to repeat many Chinese activities.
  • Please note that your children will not be experts at Sudoku, math, or Chinese writing after using this book!  However, they can become familiar with Chinese numbers and common animal names.
  • Whenever possible, speak Chinese with your child while doing these activities.  This will help your children to develop fun memories with Chinese conversation!

Here’s a closer look at each Daily Noodles Chinese activity book!

1. Daily Noodles My Fun Chinese Book: Numbers

DailyNoodles Chinese Activity Books for Children

The Chinese numbers book has 70+ colorful pages activities which include:

  • Number recognition
  • 1:1 correspondence
  • Logic puzzles
  • Sorting, comparison, and measuring
  • Cut-and-paste matching
  • Pattern recognition
  • Basic addition to make recognizing and using simplified Chinese characters familiar and fun.
Daily Noodles Chinese Numbers Activity Book - reward chart

The numbers book starts with basic Chinese number recognition and gradually becomes more advanced.

A few Sudoku games are included as a basic math problems.

Daily Noodles Chinese Numbers Activity Book

Although these activities seem to be geared for preschoolers and Kindergartners, we used the Daily Noodles Chinese Numbers activity book intermittently when my daughter was 2-3 years old.

My daughter had phases where she would get really into the book and want to do several pages.

Then she become interested in something else, and then came back to enjoying the activities.

Here’s a peak of some of her work at age 2. In the image below, I helped her with the pink star, but she did the other parts independently.

Daily Noodles Chinese Numbers Activity Books

2. Daily Noodles My Fun Chinese Book: Zodiac Animals

Daily Noodles Chinese Numbers Activity Workbook

This book focuses on the 12 Chinese zodiac animals:

  1. 鼠 (Shǔ/ Rat)
  2. 牛 (Niú/ Ox)
  3. 虎 (Hǔ/ Tiger)
  4. 兔 (Tù/ Rabbit)
  5. 龙 / 龍 ( Lóng / Dragon)
  6. 蛇 (Shé / Snake)
  7. 马 / 馬 (Mǎ / Horse)
  8. 羊 (Yáng / Goat, Sheep, Ram)
  9. 猴 (Hóu / Monkey)
  10. 鸡 / 雞(Jī / Rooster)
  11. 狗 (Gǒu / Dog)
  12. 猪 / 豬 (Zhū / Pig, Boar)

The Chinese zodiac animals book has 70+ pages of matching games, dot-to-dot drawing, pattern recognition, and paper crafts.

In addition, Chinese stroke order is introduced for each animal name.

My daughter loved the colorful crafts!! She went through this book much more quickly than the numbers book.

Daily Noodles Chinese Animal Activity Books

Here’s a photo of the Chinese Zodiac animal crafts!

This would pair well with our free printable Chinese Zodiac Wheel and Chinese New Year books!

Chinese zodiac animal crafts for kids for Lunar New Year

Final opinion of DailyNoodles Chinese Activity books

In summary, I recommend these DailyNoodles Chinese Activity books for busy families who want convenient, hands-on learning crafts.

To be honest, I probably won’t buy the books again since I’m comfortable with making my own Chinese learning activities now.

However, I look forward to doing the extra books I bought with my son when he’s older!

And I would definitely recommend it for beginner Chinese learners! I think it can help encourage kids to start learning and speaking the minority language as it did for our family!

Has your child or student used these Chinese activity books?

Please let me know if you have any questions in the comments section below!

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