Tuesday, January 15, 2008

The Silk Princess: Expansion Activities

There are so many different approaches you can take if you want to expand upon The Silk Princess (Picture Book)with your child. Here are just a couple:

Legends, Myths, and Folktales

  • If your child enjoys these types of stories, why not read more of them? Your public library probably has a lot of them, and as Marian the Librarian points out, kid’s lit is chock full of them Check out her post for a long list of recent books that feature mythological characters.
  • Consider having a themed week where you read your favorite myths, legends, and folktales. You can even tell your own favorite stories
  • Create a book with your child featuring his/her favorite characters or stories

Ancient China
The possibilities are virtually endless when it comes to learning more about Ancient China. Here are a few ideas:

  • Ancient Chinese Culture

Go to your local library, and check out a few books about the Ancient Chinese culture. Discuss religion, clothing, food, and customs. Kids may be interested in the history of China, the emperors and the dynasties. The Great Wall of China and the Silk Road may be interesting topics.

  • Arts and Crafts

Here are some arts and crafts I found online. You and your child can make a circly snake or a Chinese lantern.

  • Ancient China Month

A friend of mine sometimes has a themed month with her children. Along with her children, she chooses a country or culture to learn about for the month. They go to the library and check out different books, try different recipes a couple of nights during that month, and then try to find and visit local exhibits featuring that culture. Her kids seem to really enjoy it and have developed a deep respect for different cultures. The most impressive thing is that she makes it fun…the kids don’t feel like they’re in school. This could easily be scaled down to “Ancient China month.”

Books of Interest

Bound--A Chinese Cinderella story for Young Adults

Stories From The Silk Road--A collection of folktales from different countries along the Silk Road

Legend of the Chinese Dragon--Discusses the history, tradition, and role the Chinese dragon plays in China even today

Good Morning China--A very cute picture book of how people in China celebrate their mornings in the park.

Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats: A Treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales, Activities & Recipes--The title speaks for itself and features five Chinese holidays

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