Since my 3-and-a-half year old 老大 (lǎodà / oldest child) loves to pick flowers and make the sweetest floral arrangements, I like to find ways to teach her Chinese characters by following her interests. Today, we decorated the Chinese character 花 with fresh flowers from our neighborhood.
Because of the 草字头 (cǎozìtóu / grass radical), we we also cut and collected grass.
Lastly, we also filled in the character 草 with grass for more tactile learning!
Teaching kids Chinese can be daunting, but I believe simple activities can make the process fun and memorable.
Each Chinese character is a work of art! I love showing 老大 how the 2-dimensional print relates to our beautiful world!
Relevant nature vocabulary in Chinese, Pinyin, and English
- 花 (huā / flower)
- 草 (cǎo / grass)
- 自然 (zìrán / nature)
- 美丽 (měilì / beautiful)
- 装饰 (zhuāngshì / decorate)
What you need to teach kids Chinese 花 character:
- 花 and 草 written or typed in large font
- For children who recognize the 花 and 草 character, you can use the block template (free download)
- Laminating pouches
- Fresh-picked flowers
**Please note that the block template might be difficult for new learners to recognize the character. This is because they are only seeing the outline of the character. Regardless of the type of font used, children should regularly review the regular solid Chinese character.
How to prepare Chinese character 花 learning activity
- With scissors, cut a few favorite flowers and blades of grass. This is a fun way to encourage toddlers to practice cutting!
- For fun water play and to get rid of any bugs, rinse flowers and grass gently with water.
- Print 花 template. We chose green paper to match the color of grass, but a plain white background would also be great if you have a colorful array of flowers.
- Optional: laminate 花 template.
- Place grass on the 草字头.
- Fill the rest of the 花 character with pretty flowers!
This is one of our favorite hands-on, sensory literacy activities!
While I hope my daughter can learn to read many Chinese characters, I also think it’s important to slow down, appreciate, and create beautiful art together!
We chose not to use glue for this activity so that we could arrange the different flowers in different patterns, which also allows for review of the Chinese character.
However, if you print this on thick card stock and use glue, you can display it as art work!
Lastly, don’t forget to fill the 草 character with the blades of grass!
I printed this template on a different color to contrast the green grass. However, it might stand out better on plain white printer paper.
Have you tried decorating Chinese words with flowers and grass?
We’d love to see how your 花 and 草 activity turned out!
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