Lately, my 4-year-old daughter has been into learning about geodes, pebbles, and crystals. I got her a box of jewel stickers (eg, rhinestone, gemstone stickers), and she has been creating her own art with the little craft jewels. Jewel stickers are a fun way to improve eye-hand coordination, strengthen fine motor muscles, and develop pre-writing skills. Yesterday, my daughter asked me to plan a learning Chinese activity for her, so I printed out 宝石/寶石 (Bǎoshí / jewel) block characters. She actually made up the fine motor activities on her own, and I thought they would be perfect to share with other families! These activities took only a couple minutes to set up, but they kept her busy for a whole hour!
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What you need:
- Block character templates: click here for free download in simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese
- Gemstone (rhinestone) stickers
- Printer paper or cardstock
Different ways to use jewel stickers for learning:
- Print out Chinese Block Character template. Have you child color and/or fill in Chinese character with jewel stickers.
- Write large words with marker; have child trace the words with jewel stickers
- Draw rainbow or a shape. Have child place jewel stickers along the lines – they can match the jewel stickers to the color of the marker!
- Draw a shape. Have child fill in shape with jewel stickers.
My daughter decided that she wanted to coloring the block character instead of filling it with jewel stickers. I love the rainbow pattern that she created! Here’s a video of her working alongside her 20-month-old brother. He likes to do whatever my daughter is doing, and he kept himself busy dabbing with dot markers!
A great benefit of this activity is that it requires focus and concentration, so your child can work quietly while you get other things done around the house! I prepared dinner and changed little brother’s diaper while she was finishing her rainbow and hearts!
Here is my daughter decorating a rainbow with the rhinestone stickers. In hindsight, I should have drawn the rainbow a little smaller because she wanted me to help her finish the pink arch of the rainbow. The heart activity was a perfect fit for her, however!
Here is the beautiful, final result!! Great fine motor strengthening while creating art and practicing pre-writing Chinese characters!
Check out all of our free, printable Chinese block character activities in this link!
If you do this activity with jewel stickers, please let us know! Leave a comment and don’t forget to tag @CHALKAcademy on Instagram and Facebook! We love to see how other families do educational activities! Activities help both my daughter and I learn and retain many important Chinese characters while having fun!
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