Category Archives: Taiwan

Activities to help kids learn about Taiwan. Multicultural and geography lessons for children in preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school.

15 Chinese New Year Crafts: Preschool through Elementary

Chinese New Years Crafts- Kid World CItizenWe’ve rounded up 15 unique Chinese New Year crafts! Learning about how world cultures celebrate is an easy way to introduce different perspectives to kids. If you’re planning a multicultural art lesson, plan it around major holidays and teach a bit of culture. Scroll through these gorgeous pictures, and follow the links to see the instructions. Continue reading

Drinks from Around the World

Drinks from Around the World- Kid World Citizen

I have joined together with a fabulous group of multicultural bloggers to bring you 19 drinks from around the world! Travel the globe from your kitchen as you try these new textures and flavors with your kids while you quench your thirst. Click on the titles for the recipes and map your drinks, discovering a bit of the cultures who enjoy them! Continue reading

Chinese for Kids: with Sesame Street’s Elmo!

Are you looking for language resources of Chinese for kids? Elmo Chinese for Kids- Kid World CitizenI recently had the pleasure of interviewing Manabu Nagaoka, the VP Executive Producer at Sesame Languages and Sesame Workshop. His team is working on a show called Fun Fun Elmo (乐乐Elmo), a new show with Mandarin-speaking Sesame characters that will introduce a Chinese tone, word, and stroke order of characters with animation and live action film shot in China.

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Make a Chinese Zodiac Poster for Lunar New Year

While searching on-line for resources for Tet, the Lunar New Year celebration in Vietnam, I found a wonderful poster a fellow adoptive mom made for her son’s class. I asked Priscilla Holberton to share her activity here. Priscilla tries to keep up with all things Asian and adoption in Washington, DC on her web site and blog, where she recently wrote her own Kindergarten lesson plan using the toys that she has collected over the years. She is the adoptive mom of a five year old boy who was born in Vietnam.

Chinese Zodiac poster- Kid World CitizenLast year, when I decided I wanted to include information about the Chinese Zodiac in my presentation of Lunar New Year in my son’s pre-K, I searched on the Internet but never found a poster-size illustration. I have been looking again this year to no avail, so I decided to make my own. Continue reading

Dragon Boat Races!

This weekend we got to watch a local Dragon Boat race! Have you ever seen this?

Dragon Boat Races- Kid World Citizen

Dragon Boat racing is a very fast-growing watersport around the globe, and combined Asian fellowship and traditions. But you don’t have to be Asian to appreciate this competitive team sport and it’s fascinating history! Continue reading

The Mid-Autumn Festival, the Moon Fairy, and Mooncakes

Amanda “Miss Panda” Hsiung-Blodgett is the creator of the “Let’s Learn Mandarin Chinese with Miss Panda!” audio albums for young children.  She is raising her two children to be bilingual in Mandarin Chinese and English.  Follow her bilingual adventure with her children at Facebook and where parents and teachers can find Mandarin Chinese learning resources. Today, Miss Panda tells us all about the Mid-Autumn Festival!

The origin of the Mid-Autumn Festival
The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival or “Zhōng Qiū Jié” (中秋節) occurs on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month each year (falling in September or October on our familiar solar calendar).  Continue reading

Make your own (Chewy) Boba Tea from Taiwan

Boba tea, or “bubble tea,” is a Taiwanese sensational beverage that originated in hot and steamy Taichung, Taiwan tea shops during the 1980s. My friend Grace recently took me on a trip to our local Chinatown to get the ingredients and explain to me how to make this fun drink.Drinking Taiwanese Boba Bubble Tea- Kid World Citizen I had no idea it was SO EASY!:)

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Interactive Country Tables for International Night

Our school recently held an International Night, to culminate a week of fun activities: classes did lots of art projects, such as making Multicultural Dolls and Diversity Quilts, every student made a flag of their heritage, they sang tons of songs from different genres around the world in music class, we shared bread from around the world on our International Bread Day, and held a colorful parade of traditional clothes through the hallways.International Night Country Table Mexico- Kid World Citizen

During International Night, I called for parents to coordinate “Country Tables” that were to be set up in the cafeteria during our spring Open House. I began months before, looking for volunteers to be the leaders of a particular country: we have large populations of families from China, India, Pakistan, the Middle East, and Indonesia, and I needed at least one person to be “in charge” of each team of volunteers. Continue reading

A Lesson Plan for Chinese New Year w/ Props and Stories

Chinese New Year Lesson Plan for Kids- Kid World Citizen“Chinese New Year,” as it is known in English, is also known as the more encompassing name “Lunar New Year,” or the “Spring Festival” (春節 in Chinese). Besides China, it is celebrated in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Tibet, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Many countries with large Chinese populations (such as Australia, the US, and Canada) also have large Chinese New Year celebrations. Despite the diversity of the people who celebrate this widespread holiday, and their varied traditions, it is universal at this time of year to gather with family to start the new year. Teaching kids about celebrations around the world broadens their minds and increases their cultural awareness. Continue reading