Chinese New Year
EYFS, KS1; Early Years, First Stage.
Ages 3- 11
DURATION: 45 mins - 55 mins
OVERVIEW: Learn about Chinese New Year the ZooLab way! We bring some of the animals that feature on the Chinese calendar and you’ll also hear
about the other ZooLab animals that didn’t make it across the river to be one of the select group.
Linking to literacy skills, science and geographical knowledge, young children get to hear a story that illustrates that there is more than one way of looking
at the world.
Key Workshop Objectives:
• Compare Chinese New Year
traditions to our own
• Explore Chinese tradition
• Discuss animal adaptations
in relation to the story of
• Encourage listening,
participation and imagination
Free Printable Resources
Animals often used in this workshop:
Animal requests will be accommodated where possible. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee attendance.
What is the Chinese New Year?
Chinese New Year, doesn’t start on the 1st January; instead it is marked by the start of the new moon (Chinese New Year is often referred to as the Lunar New Year). The date changes every year but always falls 21 January - 20 February.
The new moon marks the start of the Spring Festival - a 16 day celebration to mark the beginning of spring. Families come together, banquets and parades are held, fireworks and red lanterns can be seen on the streets around China and red envelopes are given to children by their elders.
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