Chinese New Year 2018: Canine Times!

Chinese New Year 2018: Canine Times!


Chinese New Year is fast approaching so Mantra Lingua have much of what you need to celebrate the Year of the Dog.


If you work in a nursery, if you’re a teacher in a school working with youngsters from EYFS to KS3, or simply someone who values education, we’ve got many inspirational resources for you.


Masks to Make Your Tail Wag

For example, why not download our FREE dog masks and colouring-in artwork for both display and play that include a friendly dog (based on illustrations from the story book ‘Li’s Chinese New Year’ on our website) and these other breeds: Chihuahua, German Shepherd/Alsatian and Chinese Shar-Pei.


I’ve already used these with a range of children and they love being able to choose and make their favourite pooch. The making process is great for developing fine motor skills and to encourage role play, as I witnessed last weekend with a five-year-old boy/Alsatian and a three-year-old girl/Chihuahua!


Additionally, we have a selection of dual language e-books exploring themes of Chinese culture…


‘Li’s Chinese New Year’

This book is suitable for EYFS, KS1 and KS2.

I’ve recently used this book extensively with many of my regular tutees who have absorbed much of its cultural knowledge. This is subtly and skilfully weaved into the story through the expert writing and engaging illustrations. One example of this is when Li and Chen’s Grandpa is asked about his wife, he refers to the third day of Chinese New Year when loved ones are remembered.


In short, this beautifully written and illustrated story is widely appreciated on a 1:1 basis or as a whole-class story book to explore Chinese customs at this festive time of year.


It can also be used to address the Fundamental British Values in SMSC through respecting different beliefs and customs such as the good luck that Chinese dragons bring and the presence of lucky money in new year dumplings.


Yeh Hsien (a Chinese Cinderella)

This book is great for KS1 and KS2

This is the original version of Cinderella. I’ve used this resource in the last week or so with two girls with Somali heritage in Y1 and Y2. They both really enjoyed the story, the illustrations and the engaging way in which it is written. In this instance, comparing versions of the same story across different cultures made children smile and dream.


Dragon’s Tears

This is a story book perfect for both infants and juniors.

It is a great traditional Chinese folk tale of golden fish, magic pearls, good fortune and moral dilemmas. Together with the lively brush art illustrations of artist Gua Le, this is a fantastic doorway to discussing how to make the right decisions with our burgeoning future adults.


Happy New Year!

To conclude, as Chinese New Year approaches on Friday 16th February this year, please check out our website for some great resources for our younger learners and us adults, too. As a teacher myself, I get a real buzz out of Mantra Lingua’s Chinese-themed resources, as well as experiencing the enjoyment and curiosity emanating from the young people with whom I work. Let’s continue to share what’s good and beneficial.


Xin Nian Kuai Le

Kung Hei Fat Choi


by Ali Harwood: artist, poet, writer, teacher