Chinese Summer 2017 Activity Calendar for Children

Summer is here.  This the perfect time to learn Chinese in a more casual way, and you can even include your family, friends, and neighbors.  Today I want to offer you a FREE Chinese Summer 2017 Activity Calendar with over 60 activities to prepare, maintain, and engage your child’s Chinese knowledge, interest while making family memories! Want to know more? Come and take a look. (more…)

The Best Ways to Celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival with Your Kids

Have you watched or attended a dragon boat race before? Have you wondered how you can celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival with your kids at home? In this post, I'm going to show you the best ways to celebrate Dragon Boat Festival with your kids. And the best thing is you don't need to live close to a Chinatown or know Chinese. Anyone can celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival and learn a little Chinese history.   In addition to Chinese New Year and Mid-Autumn Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival is another big traditional festival that the Chinese celebrate. The Chinese believe that summer comes after this festival, and the highlights of the festival are the dragon boat races. I especially love that this festival is based on several real...

How to Make Sweet Rice Dumplings for Chinese Lantern Festival

Have you ever heard about the Chinese Lantern Festival? I’m sure you have seen a video or movie where many Chinese people are releasing lanterns at night. This is the Chinese Lantern Festival. Do you know why we have this festival? Do you know how you can celebrate it at home with your family? Since the Chinese Lantern Festival is not a public holiday, it is hard to make it an important, special holiday. When I was growing up, I didn't really have a chance to go to any events for this festival because I still had to attend school that day and the next. However, I heard and watched TV about 元宵節. As I learned more and more about it, I discovered that this is a beautiful festival filled with Chinese culture and traditions that I...

Easy Chinese New Year’s Rounded Lanterns to Make with your Kids

Hanging up lanterns is a common decoration you will find during Chinese New Year. Traditionally, Chinese people hang lanterns and other decorations a few weeks before the first day of the Chinese New Year (Spring Festival). The day after New Year ends (15th day) is known as the Lantern Festival, and on this day all of the decorations are taken down because the Chinese New Year is officially finished for the year. The Chinese believe that a great start and end of Chinese New Year will bless you throughout the entire year, so let’s embrace this wonderful cultural blessing, and learn how to make our own lanterns. (more…)