SCHOOL AGE PROGRAM
Here are some of the ideas we used for our school-age program this week. Today we learned about CHINA!
BOOKS TO READ:
Great Big Scary Dog by Libby Gleeson
White Tiger, Blue Serpent by Grace Tseng
Daisy Comes Home by Jan Brett
Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story From China by Ai-Ling Louie
The Girl Who Used Her Wits by Dianna de las Casas
This is a paper-cutting story in which you’ll make a paper lantern and a fan.
Chopstick Relay Race
MP3 download: Chinese Traditional Music
In small groups, have children form two lines facing each other. Each child is given a pair of chopsticks. The two lines will be racing one other, while passing items (buttons, marshmallows, cereal) down the line and the last person in line places them in a bowl or cup. Have children pass the items, using only their chopsticks, while the music plays. Everyone must stop when the music stops. Whichever team has the most items in their bowl when the music stops, wins!
Tangrams are ancient Chinese puzzles. Each is made from a square tile that is divided into seven geometric pieces. The pieces can be arranged to form different shapes and pictures, in which all seven pieces must be used and must touch, but cannot overlap. They can be used in storytelling, where the pieces form a character in the tale.
After telling one of the stories from Dianne de las Casas book, Tangram Tales: Story Theater Using the Ancient Chinese Puzzle, each child was given a square piece of craft foam and was taught how to cut it into seven geometric pieces. Children could take their tangrams home in a ziplock bag and use them to tell stories!
Here’s a youtube video demonstrating how to create a tangram:
Grandfather Tang’s Story by Ann Tompert is an excellent folktale that uses tangrams as part of the story. Diagrams are given with each new character introduced.