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#1 of 5 Old 01-20-2003, 10:08 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi,
We are fighting off midyear hs winter blahs by planning a Chinese New Year Party (Just mom, dad and kids). I am looking for some food suggestions of things I can make with the kids or music to play through the day, art projects, traditional New Year things for learning a bit about Chinese culture. Any websites or ideas you can share would be so wonderful. I have added some links I found so far below in case anyone wants to join in.
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Chinese New Year links-
http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/chinese_new_year.htm
printable dragon fortune teller
http://www.tammyyee.com/origamidragon.html

a dragon
puppet for Chinese New Year
http://www.tammyyee.com/origamidpup.html

Stationery for younger kids
http://www.primarygames.com/print_zo...ry/chinese.htm

Stationery for older kids
http://www.primarygames.com/print_zo...er/chinese.htm
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Here's a site we like:


http://www.chinasprout.com/html/chin...year_2003.html

Chinese astrology:

http://www.chinesefortunecalendar.com/2003.htm

The legend of Nian:
http://www.chineseculture.about.com/.../aa010900a.htm

If you search "about.com" for "Chinese New Year" or "Chinese Culture," you'll find lots more.

Have fun!

edited to add--
craft ideas:
http://www.kidsdomain.com/craft/_chin-ny.html

and
http://www.newton.mec.edu/Angier/Dim...pring_fes.html

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I found this today-
http://pbskids.org/sagwa/games/countdown/index.html
We are still looking for food ideas for our party- anyone??
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I've been searching for food ideas myself--the trouble is, Chinese celebrations are so....involved! The meals are true feasts and every dish seems to have about 100 ingredients in it. Preparations take (literally) days. In my heart, I don't really want to "Americanize" the celebration, but heck, I'm not quite up for that, yk?

There is a recipe for "Sticky Cake" or "Rice Cake" at http://www.recipegoldmine.com/worldasian/asian259.html
(Can't say that I recommend it, but ymmv and it is a tradition.) The one other thing I know is that long noodles are traditionally eaten, and that you shouldn't break the noodles--they symbolize long life.

I'll post anything else if I find it, please do the same!

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Well, it's the year ot the ram/goat (no one here is being very consistent about which animal it is!). I saw in Parents a recipe for making a goat head cookie to eat. Not very traditional, but still an idea.

We here in SF go to the parade and eat Chinese food and that's about it. We'll be reading up on goats and rams, and maybe find the story about the party. Wow, I'm not helping much. I'm going to the library and will let you know what all I find!

Autumn Moon festival I have more ideas, but that's a year away! Mmmmm, Moon Cakes!
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