As we always do to mark occasions, holidays, and seasons, we made a gorgeous Chinese New Year Slime as well as learning about some of the popular traditions, symbols, festivities, and origins.
I love learning a bit about how other cultures celebrate different times of the year. As my son gets older, he is also more interested to learn about the world around him.
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Although we are surrounded by snow here and just celebrated a frosty new year, the Chinese New Year is a spring festival. We learned that the holiday is tied in to the lunar-solar calendar too. This year we also took a look at what the summer and winter solstices were all about.
We also learned about the importance of the color red for the Chinese New Year! It’s associated with luck, good fortune, and warding off the evil spirits that the holiday originated from. Red is also the color of fire and loud sounds that helped ward off evil spirits.
So we decided that we would make a fiery red slime with sparkling gold sequins. The gold sequins represent wealth and good fortune which is also an important part of the Chinese New Year and the tradition of the red envelopes filled with money.
We also learned that there are several important Chinese characters associated with the Chinese New Year including wealth, longevity, happiness, and good fortune. So we decided to check out what these characters looked like as well as a few others.
I made a simple printable you can download that shows these characters and a few more plus some tradition symbols that go along with the Chinese New Year including lanterns, firecrackers, and the dragon.
Gorgeous Fiery Red Chinese New Years Slime with Sparkling Gold Confetti
My kid loves to make slime. It’s super stretchy and such cool science. Make sure to check out the science behind our homemade slime recipe. It’s great for young kids, but also works for the older kids too.
LET’S MAKE CHINESE NEW YEARS SLIME
Water, Clear Washable School Glue, Liquid Starch, Food Coloring, Gold Sequins, and Gold Glitter
Make sure to check out the full recipe for homemade liquid starch slime here.
When you make slime it comes together immediately. You have slime in minutes.
START TO FINISH MAKING SLIME TAKES LESS THAN 5 MINUTES!
Plus there’s so much more to check out for the Chinese New Year, and we definitely spent some time researching what it’s all about from the fire works, to the lion dance, and lanterns.
CHINESE NEW YEARS VIDEOS TO WATCH
We checked out this short video and learned a little bit about how the Chinese New Year evolved and the origin of it. There are quite a few traditions that have been carried over through the years, but we definitely have celebrating with family in common.
This is another fun short video that talks about the calendar and the holiday. However, the ads before the video may need to be screened first.
Here’s another video we enjoyed that really goes into some of the great traditions of both past and present Chinese New Years.
MORE FUN CHINESE NEW YEAR IDEAS TO TRY
You can also make this tradition Hong Bao or red envelope that is given out to the kids. These envelopes are filled with money symbolizing good fortune and wealth in the new year.
Make sure to check out this interactive and printable notebook for kids to use while learning about the Chinese New Year. It features map, culture, traditions, food, and more to learn about.
Another big part of the Chinese New Year is being with family and feasting. Chinese families will often make dumplings. We might have to try out some traditional Chinese New Years food this year too.
CELEBRATE AROUND THE WORLD WITH CHINESE NEW YEAR SLIME THIS YEAR
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