|NY day in Shanghai - tourists line up to take photos of...|
tourists - my blonde children
#1 Visit China!
An expensive option, but here's our kids having their photos taken by strangers on the Bund in Shanghai on new years day two years ago. Schools wouldn't approve time off school, but I'm not going to bother listing the learning on that holiday.
|Day In, Birmingham|
#2 Go shopping.
A little cheaper than the all out visit to China, but Birmingham, like I guess many cities, has a lively 'chinatown' - and even just a shop specialising in chinese goods of some kind could be a treasure trove of discovery - items and stories that could also be used back in school for creative writing or other.
#2 Do a dragon dance
We've done this two years in a row at woodcraft - great for team building, and also developing leadership, particularly leading the dance.
#3 Exchange envelopes
|Cardboard dragon dancing, Woodcraft folk|
#4 Introduce a bit of chinese storytelling or philosophy
Personally I've not got much further than the story of the 12 animals, which I think has limited learning potential. Thanks @abowden for suggesting the story of Nian the monster. I'd like to try something with Taoist or Confuscian stories - maybe something like Lao Tzu's butterfly dream@learntschool ? Any ideas, examples, please post.