Bilingual Learning About Feathers

We are trying to raise our children trilingual in English, Chinese, and Korean.  Since Chinese and Korean are the minority languages, we focus on bilingual Chinese and Korean literacy activities at home.  We know that kids do numerous English activities in elementary school, so we want to make Chinese and Korean as fun as possible!
Our wonderful nanny is the primary Korean speaker for our children, and she and I try to work on the same topic in parallel based on the interests of 老大 (lǎodà / oldest child).  Since 老二 (lǎo èr / second child) is still a baby, 老大 (lǎodà / oldest child) is the boss of the curriculum for now!
Today, we learned about feathers.  哪些动物有羽毛? Nǎxiē dòngwù yǒu yǔmáo?  Which animals have feathers? Did you know that birds are the only animals with feathers?  Let’s learn the Chinese and Korean characters and make crafts that reinforce this topic!

Important Chinese vocabulary:

  • 羽毛 (yǔmáo / feather)
  • 鸟 (niǎo / bird)
  • (jī / chicken)
  • 鸭 (yā / duck)
  • 猫头鹰 (māotóuyīng / owl)

Important Korean vocabulary:

  • 깃 (gis / feather)
  • 새 (sae / bird)
  • 닭고기 (dalg-gogi / chicken)
  • 오리 (oli / duck)
  • 올빼미 (olppaemi / owl)

What you need:

  1. Block character template (free download in Chinese and Korean)
  2. Craft feathers
  3. Construction paper
  4. Craft sticks
  5. Wiggle eyes
  6. Scissors

What to do:

  1. Make paper feathers with construction paper
  2. Fill in 羽毛 and characters with craft feathers or paper feathers
  3. Make a feathered animal craft with craft sticks!  Or draw the outline of a feathered animal and have the child fill it with feathers!

If you try this activity, let us know!  Leave a comment and don’t forget to tag a photo #ChalkAcademy on Instagram.  Happy learning, friends!

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