In the United States, Valentine’s Day falls on February 14th. Generally, I try to coordinate our Chinese activities with American holidays to integrate our cultures so learning feels relevant. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, I created a free printable matching came which doubles as a lesson on family members. The printable can also be used as a coloring sheet. In addition, you can print on colorful cardstock and decorate as a Valentine’s Day card for relatives.
Although my daughter knows the characters for Chinese relatives, she mixes up the different aunts and uncles, so the activity reinforces those important relatives. Also, my daughter was intrigued because she loves heart shapes and enjoys memory matching games! At the end of the post, I have also included a link to the Chinese Family Members song in Mandarin Chinese!
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- Mom – 妈妈 (Māma)
- Dad – 爸爸 (Bàba)
- Wife – 妻子 (Qīzi) or 老婆 (Lǎopó)
- Husband – 丈夫 (Zhàngfū) or 老公 (Lǎogōng)
- Older brother – 哥哥 (Gēgē)
- Older sister – 姐姐 (Jiějiě)
- Younger brother – 弟弟 (Dìdì)
- Younger sister – 妹妹 (Mèimei)
- Son – 儿子 (Érzi)
- Daughter – 女儿 (Nǚ’ér)
- Paternal grandpa – 爷爷 (Yéyé)
- Paternal grandma – 奶奶 (Nǎinai)
- Maternal grandpa – 外公 (Wàigōng)
- Maternal grandma -外婆 (Wài pó)
Aunties and Uncles
- Dad’s older brother – 伯伯 (Bóbo)
- Dad’s older brother’s wife -伯母 (Bómǔ)
- Dad’s younger brother – 叔叔 (Shūshu)
- Dad’s younger brother’s wife -婶婶 (Shěnshěn)
- Dad’s sister’s husband – 姑夫 (Gūfū)
- Dad’s sister – 姑妈 (Gūmā)
- Mom’s brother -舅舅 (Jiùjiu)
- Mom’s brother’s wife – 舅母 (Jiùmu)
- Mom’s sister’s husband – 姨夫 (Yífū)
- Mom’s sister – 姨妈 (Yímā)
- Friend – 朋友 (Péngyǒu)
- Teacher – 老师 (Lǎoshī)
What you need:
- Family member hearts printable (available in simplified and traditional Chinese to subscribers in the Printables Library under “People”)
- Printer paper or cardstock
- Laminating pouches
How to use the Chinese Family Members Heart printable:
- Print 2 sheets of each page and laminate
- Cut along solid line
- Introduce a few words at a time (less or more depending on your child’s level).
- Separate the family heart flashcards into 2 piles (eg, bowls) as shown in the tray above, and have your child find the matching card.
- Play a memory game:
- Mix up the cards.
- Place them face down on the table.
- Turn over any two cards.
- If both cards match, keep them.
- If they don’t match, turn them back over.
- Remember what was on each card and where it was.
- When all cards are matched, the game is over.
I highly recommend the Chinese Children’s Music album, I Can Sing in Mandarin, track 5 to go along with this Chinese lesson. This album has many catchy Chinese songs that are pleasant, in tune, and understandable. The 5th track is about family members.
For more heart-themed Chinese learning activities, click here to learn how to use Heart Felt Valentines to teach Chinese words with the heart radical.
Happy learning, friends!