端午节 (Duānwǔ Jié / Dragon Boat Festival) is a traditional Chinese holiday that commemorates the life and death of the famous scholar (屈原 / Qūyuán). This year, 端午节 will occur on Friday, June 7, 2019.
As a second-generation Chinese-American, I grew up in a small town in the United States. I vaguely remember hearing about 端午节 from my parents during my childhood. Now, I am re-learning Chinese holidays with my children, 5-year-old 老大 (lǎodà / oldest child) and 2-year-old 老二 (lǎo èr / second child).
Dragon Boat Festival: learning resources
- Dragon Boat Festival printables from Fortune Cookie Mom (This post)
- YouTube videos about Dragon Boat Festival
- 7 Children’s Books about Dragon Boat Festival (Chinese and English)
- Felt Chinese Play Food (Dim Sum and Zong Zi)
Disclaimer: We received a Dragon Boat Festival Theme Pack in exchange for an honest review. As usual, all opinions are my own or my family.
Review of Dragon Boat Festival Printables
Last year, Po reached out and invited me to review her Chinese printables, and I was excited to choose the Dragon Boat theme pack! The information in this post is based on our experience from last year; we have not discussed the holiday yet this year.
Chinese printables – language options
Each printable theme pack is available in 6 language combinations:
- Traditional Chinese
- Simplified Chinese
- Traditional Chinese with Pinyin
- Simplified Chinese with Pinyin
- English & Traditional Chinese
- English & Simplified Chinese
老大 reads simplified Chinese fluently without Hanyu Pinyin, so we chose the simplified Chinese only version.
However, my Chinese reading skills are improving at a snail’s pace, and I am addicted to Pinyin! Since I don’t want to rely on Pinyin when reading with my daughter, I just take notes on a separate sheet of paper in Pinyin as needed.
Benefits of Fortune Cookie Mom’s Chinese Theme Packs
These educational printables include:
- Several language options
- Organized table of contents
- 40+ pages of various activities!
- Suggested age range for each activity
- Beautiful, detailed, colorful illustrations
- Large, easy-to-read font
- Convenient for the busy and/or non-fluent parent
- Theme packs at different price points
- Many printables are free, such as Chinese vocab and mini story books!!
- Mini books have audio in:
- Mandarin Chinese
- Although the printable pack is geared mostly for preschoolers and kindergartners, many families use these for children ranging from age 3 to age 8!
Chinese learning activities
For reference, this is a list of activities in the Dragon Boat Festival Printables from the Table of Contents:
- Matching Game
- Penmanship practice sheets
- Dragon Boat Festival or Not
- Word Puzzles
- Vocab Clip Cards
- Chinese Number Clip Cards
- Color Matching
- Size Sorting
- Size sequencing
- Shapes Tracing
- Roll & Count
- Writing Numbers
- Which One is Different?
- Humans vs Objects
- Coloring pages
How we used the Dragon Boat Festival printables
Chinese puzzles for children
Initially, I was worried that 老大 would find the activities too easy. Last year at the time of this review, she was doing 200-piece puzzles and 1st-grade math/Chinese. However, she showed interest in the activities as I was preparing them! She did the 2-piece puzzles and the 6-piece puzzles several times on her own.
Chinese Montessori-inspired 3-part cards for Dragon Boat Festival
Since my daughter loves puzzles, Montessori-style 3-part cards are always a big hit. One card is the “control”, and you use it for reference when putting together the matching card. For words that were new to me, I wrote Pinyin on the back before laminating the cards.
Color matching activity – Learn color names in Chinese
Even though 老二 was only 20 months old when we used the printables last year, he was able to participate in a couple activities, including color matching drums. I don’t expect him to recognize the color names in Chinese. However, he can match the font color with the corresponding drums.
Dragon Boat Festival-themed size sequencing activity
Last year, I presented two different sized 粽子 pictures and taught my son how to compare big and small. However, the printable comes with nine 粽子 cards by size that my daughter enjoyed sequencing. My daughter got jealous when she saw me teaching my son and repeated this activity several times, even though it’s a bit easy for her!
Chinese math worksheets
We weren’t able to use the math worksheets since addition is too easy for my daughter and too hard for my son. But I took a photo to show you how they look! In addition, to math symbols, Chinese characters are included for Chinese reading practice.
Dragon Boat Festival Chinese coloring pages for children
Lastly, here are some of the coloring sheets! Aren’t the details of the illustrations beautiful?! My daughter used them with her Lyra colored pencils and Crayola crayons.
Here is my daughter’s favorite part of the Dragon Boat Theme Pack: the 粽子 coloring page! Fortunately, I was able to print out multiple pages for her with my home printer!
For some reason, she did not like 屈原 and refused to even look at him! This could be the result of the “boys have cooties” phase that she’s in haha! No worries; I’ll just save that page for my son to color someday!
The picture for 夏天 (xiàtiān / summer day) consisted of kids eating watermelon which I thought was somewhat confusing. I wish an image of the beach or sunshine was used instead, though I guess summer can be represented in a variety of ways. My 20-month-old thought that the watermelon picture was about eating, but the other images seemed obvious to him.
Below is a shape tracing activity, but it can also be used for cutting practice with scissors. Since the Dragon boat images are different than the actual shapes, I personally would have preferred the shapes to be plain. Solid shapes would make the learning objective more clear for a toddler or preschooler.
Tips for using the Dragon Boat Festival printables:
- Look over the packet with your child before printing it out so you can see which catch their eye. For example, 老大 tends to have a favorite activity and then want to repeat it before moving onto other activities! She went through a phase where she just wanted to color the picture of 粽子 (zòngzi / sticky rice) over and over again! This is why I prefer printables over workbooks.
- Consider a laminator and laminating pouches so that activities can be repeated, especially if you have more than one child or student.
- If you don’t have a laminator, sheet protectors could be helpful for storage and repeat use!
- Organize and set up the Chinese printables into different trays to foster independence. We set up activity trays so that my children can choose their desired activity.
Take home points
If you are a busy and/or non-fluent parent who doesn’t have time to prepare Chinese learning activities, I recommend Fortune Cookie Mom’s Dragon Boat Festival Theme Pack.
The various language options are greatly appreciated; options allow for learning to be more accessible to all types of learners!
I hope this review gives a clear overview of the variety of activities in Fortune Cookie Mom’s Dragon Boat Festival Printables! You can learn more about her Chinese learning resources on her website.
Learn about Chinese holidays with these resources for children
- Dragon Boat Festival Videos on YouTube Videos
- Fun, hands-on Chinese activities about holidays!
- Best 20 Chinese New Year Crafts and Activities for Preschool and Elementary School Kids!
- Books about 12 Major Chinese Festivals (Simplified and Traditional Chinese)
Tips on creating a Chinese learning environment at home
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- Raising Multilingual Children as a Non-Fluent Parent: 7 Lessons
- How To Get Your Child To Speak the Minority Language
- Encourage A Child to Love and Speak the Minority Language with 5 Strategies
- How to Find a Foreign Language Teacher for Your Child
- 5 Reasons Books are the Best Gifts for Multilingual Kids
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