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Chinese New Year mark making- an envelope activity

January 6, 2018Jenny

Chinese New Year is coming up soon and we thought we’d start exploring this topic with a mark making activity. The custom for new year is to collect red envelopes from family members which are filled with money for the kids! This concept led me to the idea of creating an invitation to create with red envelopes and black and gold paint, with some lettering of ‘Happy New Year’ in Chinese characters on the laptop screen for inspiration and as a guide to follow.

chinese new year mark making envelope

We had some friends round to play to do this activity and it was interesting to see how the children approached it differently, depending on their ages and stages of development. The older ones used the lettering on the laptop to copy ‘Happy New Year’. They first used some plain paper to practice, before then writing on the red envelopes themselves.

chinese new year mark making friends

The youngest one enjoyed mixing the gold and black paint together and using the paintbrushes for some free mark making on the paper and envelopes. He was keen to put his money in, so we had to go searching for some copper pennies to add to his envelope! We also talked about the dragon and some of the kids added drawings of them to their envelopes- breathing out gold fire!

chinese new year mark making toddler

One of the children struggled with this idea at first- he wanted to do the lettering but felt that it didn’t look ‘right’ and was getting quite frustrated. Modelling how to do each character at a time, and giving him space to copy each one in between worked for him, and he felt more confident to join in after that, with his own designs.

chinese new year mark making- big

This activity was a great introduction to the Chinese New Year topic. I’m looking forward to looking  more closely at this with Little, once school is back on for Big and his friends, and we can focus on some Preschool Geography activities more aimed at his level. Having said that, this kind of open invitation to create worked well with different aged children as they could each access it at their own level, too.

Have you got any plans for Chinese New Year? Check out the Seasonal Activities board on Pinterest for some more ideas!

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Chinese new year mark making *Disclaimer: This post contains some affiliate links to products similar to ones we have used. If you purchase though the links, I may receive a small percentage of the profits to support the running of this blog. This will not affect the cost of the products to the buyer.  #chinesenewyear #markmaking #preschool

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Comments (10)

  • Susan Mann

    January 16, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    I love these, what a great idea. Simple and effective xx #makeitlinky

  • fridgesays

    January 16, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    #thesatsesh you know I’m a fan, but now i have a question – how BIG is your craft box?
    I love the idea of NY art – plus the added incentive or learning a new culture. Thank you for joining us in 2018

    1. Jenny

      January 21, 2018 at 9:51 am

      Haha! The fan-feeling is mutual! Well, funny you ask about the craft box- I’m planning a mini-series on keeping resources organised with some cool guests so soon you will see! 🙂

  • Helena

    January 17, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    I think my girls mark making would be like your youngest. #MakeItLinky

    1. Jenny

      January 17, 2018 at 6:26 pm

      🙂 It is nice that they can do it in their own way- quite an open-ended one!

  • Claire @ The Ladybirds’ adventures

    February 2, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    Another great activity. I love activities that are tied to an event like Chinese new year. Thanks for joining #bloggerpinparty

    1. Jenny

      February 2, 2018 at 9:16 pm

      I really like learning about the world with the kids- I learn as much as they do!

  • Sarah

    February 3, 2018 at 12:53 am

    What a fantastic activity idea! These look really effective! #MakeItLinky

  • Ruth -Mummy and the Mexicans

    February 13, 2018 at 11:56 am

    What a great activity! The combination of colours, the red envelopes with the black and gold paint is exciting. It’s a good idea to do an activity based on Chinese New Year, it’s not something I’d thought about doing before. #BloggerPinParty

    1. Jenny

      February 15, 2018 at 5:32 pm

      Great, thank you for reading. Let me know if you try something similar, I’d love to see what you get up to!

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