Chinese writing

Today we celebrated Lunar New Year at school.

Gung Hay Fat Choy to everyone.

As part of our preparations, we tried our hand at creating  a Chinese symbol.

This looked like something that was within the realm of our possible - and the meaning was perfect - harmonious living.  

We can all do with a little harmonious living!

First we practiced on scrap paper.

Then we got out good luck red and yellow paper and black paint and paint brushes.  

The classroom was silent with the sounds of concentration and focus while they were painting.

Then it went back to the usual buzz (or dull roar).

One of the little artists was so taken with her black painting, she found some big paper and painted her home, and her entire family - including pets.

The kids glued their Chinese writing onto a black background, and we added a shiny penny.

The Canadian penny has been discontinued, so these might be worth a lot some day!

Wishing you harmony in your life.



  1. My boys' schools aren't doing anything to do with Chinese New Year which is such a shame. This is an easy activity I might try with them at home. Thanks for the idea. I came to your blog via the Weekly Kids Co-op Link-up.

  2. What a fun activity! You can just see the concentration as they paint. :) They turned out really well!
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  3. They did a great job with those paintings! I like your idea of gluing the penny on.
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  4. I really love this! Thanks for sharing!


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