Thursday, January 30, 2014
Learning about: Chinese New Year 3
We decorated, and checked off everything on Moira's list, and threw a party for our friends on the first day of the Lunar New Year. I'm very glad to have found a group that is so energetic and excited to do this together. We all share ideas and resources, and most of the kids have known each other since they were babies, so they are familiar with each other and work well to get along together. We also have a lot of people in the group who have food allergies, and because food is one of the ways I show love, I'm very glad that we all do our best to make sure that the food we share is as safe for everyone present as possible.
Photo creditJennifer. One of our attendees tried to find little lanterns for the kids to decorate, but when that failed, we decided to make totally non traditional cork horses (Walker has been saving his corks for 4 years). The kids enjoyed using the glue guns and picking their trims out. Only one adult got hurt, so I'm calling it a success. Every kid made at least one horse, and almost everyone managed to take their finished horses home.
We also made paper dragon puppets. I tried to offer a selection of options for the center of the body, but Moira was the only person who didn't follow the instructions printed on the paper templates. Most of the kids spent quite a while on this one, even the kid who never wants to do the crafts.
I almost forgot to pull the Tray of Togetherness out. Moira reminded me, and it started a second round of eating for everyone. The candied coconut, melon, lotus nuts, and carrots were big hits. The ginger was declared too spicy.
Then we went outside for our dragon parade. We ended up doing out parade in two sections, because the kids couldn't dance their dragons and make the noise to scare the dragons away at the same time. First we made a bunch of noise by stomping on the bubble mailers from Amazon packages, and popping some party poppers. I was worried that I had bought too many (144). You can all laugh at me for that.
Stephanie brought a drum from home, so she lead the parade around our yard. The kids didn't want to stop, but had to eventually because it was time for everyone to head home.
Our family is planning to go to the International District's parade this weekend. Both the kids are really looking forward to it.
Part 1, part 2