This time of year, this little space receives quite a bit of blog traffic from teachers and homeschoolers researching Chinese New Year crafting ideas. I am posting this project early in case you want to incorporate this project into your CNY lesson plan. This project focuses on one of the most important food symbols in Chinese cuisine. It would be a very good project with other activities such as a noodle sensory table (include different varieties, Ramon, Udon, Vermicilli / Rice, etc.) or a cooking class.
When Lily was about 2 1/2 years old she announced at the dinner table that it is good to eat noodles because you will live a long life. She had heard this Chinese proverb from one of her preschool teachers and ever since we have had a special fondness for noodles (and of course, never cut a noodle). Noodles are a symbol of longevity.
For this project, you will need some red money envelopes (the ones we used in our project are actually recycled from a friend); yarn; craft glue; scissors; and paper plates (I would have preferred gold paper plates, but I could only find red.
Cut the red envelope into a little bowl. Cut the yarn into 6 inch pieces, this will be the noodles (this will be the only time you should cut a noodle!). Glue into place on the paper plate.
You can also add some chopsticks using thin popsicle sticks or brown paper. Add a message if you wish.
The photos of the girls eating noodles were taken at the Pacific Mall, the largest Chinese indoor mall in North America. It is two levels of glass stalls full of all sorts of merchants and a very large food court.
As for the giveaway, Lily picked out some CNY decorations with hopes they could be used in a classroom or homeschool. If you are planning a CNY unit, mention that in your comment or if you are unable to comment just email me and Lily will draw a name (on January 21) so that you will receive it in time for the lunar new year.
Have a great week and thanks for stopping by,