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Chinese New Year Celebrations
Food and craft activities are among my favorite ways of teaching my kids about new cultures and traditions! See how we are using a traditional Chinese dish with a modern day craft to learn more about Chinese New Year!
Before having kids, I was a teacher. Long before I got my first teaching assignment, I took a keen interest in history. This was no doubt thanks in large part to my dad, a history major in college and basically one of the biggest history buffs you will ever meet. But while my dad was always more interested in the tactical facts and figures (ie battlefield logistics) of history, I always enjoyed learning about the human interest side of it all. I am fascinated by other cultures and love learning about their traditions, foods, and ways of life.
My teaching days may be over, but my love of history remains. I love teaching my kids about new countries, cultures and traditions and love that learning can be found in the most simple of activities. Two of my favorite ways to share new cultural experiences with my family are food and crafts!
Today we’re showing off Ling Ling Potstickers and a fun SLIME activity while we celebrate Chinese New Year and learn more about Chinese culture!
The Chinese Potsticker Tradition
Have you ever had potstickers? My family LOVES them! Potstickers are a traditional Chinese dish. While the exact origins of potstickers are unknown, the best educated guess is that they surfaced around 1000 A.D. A chef was cooking traditional dumplings and forgot about them, which resulted in the dumplings becoming overcooked and stuck to the wok. Even though the dumplings were overcooked and scorched, they were a hit!
Potstickers have remained a popular Chinese dish! Ling Ling makes a variety of delicious potstickers (choose from chicken, pork, or vegetarian). They are the perfect (easy!) option to enjoy while celebrating Chinese New Year.
Chinese New Year is on February 5th this year. Pick up some Ling Ling Potstickers at your local grocer (we found them in the freezer aisle at Giant). Share an authentic Asian recipe with your family and enjoy a flavorful, easy-to-prepare meal. Ling Ling delicious signature dipping sauce comes with every pack of their potstickers!
Chinese New Year Slime Activity
Now that you have a traditional Chinese dish planned with Ling Ling Potstickers, how about a fun kid-friendly activity? The slime craze is still very much alive and well over here. My kids love ANY chance to whip up a batch of slime and they LOVE when we make themed slime for various holidays, activities, etc. We had so much fun creating some “Chinese New Year” themed slime and wanted to share it with you.
The color red symbolizes good luck and good fortune in Chinese culture.
The color gold symbolizes wealth in Chinese culture.
Chinese New Year Slime Material
3/4 cup glue
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp saline solution
red and gold glitter
1/8 cup warm water
red food coloring
How to Make Slime
One note: I highly recommend using CLEAR glue for this craft. I thought I had some and when I went to make it with the kids, realized all I had was white glue. Obviously this affected the slime’s color a bit. Clear glue will produce slime that is more red than ours.
In a mixing bowl, combine glue and warm water. Add several drops of red food coloring. Mix together.
Add lots of glitter and mix.
Add saline solution in 1/2 teaspoon increments. Stir the mixture and continue to add saline by 1/2 teaspoons until it becomes pliable and not sticky. At that point, the slime is ready to play with!
W are so excited to celebrate Chinese New Year! What are your favorite Chinese foods to enjoy?