Because I had found a few books about China we stopped there first. We made a panda with a bamboo stick and read the legend about how the panda got those black patches on his fur.
We listen some Chinese music and watched a dragon dance video. Of course we made our very own dragon dance with blankets and wigs for the head and tails. It was a lot of fun. The kids keep surprising me but that day they started to sing the Chinese song along with Chinese words! I am not saying they are saying it right but just to see them enjoying it was great. We mad a poppet dragon craft as well which added to the theme. The children made some beautiful fireworks painting and one of them decided to add some Chinese sign to it as well.
Since we already were in Asia(I happened to have a magazine with Korean craft in it)the week after we stopped in Korea.
Second flag in our passport.
We made these coasters.
We watched a video about Korean fan dance and made those fans to have our own dance.
Above are some Korean paper doll puppets. It was a lot of cutting for me but they glued the pieces on their own and were able to play with after which makes the work worth it!
The pre-scholars were able to point to china and Korea when we were talking about it. I know they are not going to remember everything but they are more aware of other cultures, language, countries. We looked at book like “houses around the world” and “children around the world” and they were amazed to see the difference and to learn that some people lives in boxes or don’t have any houses at all.
We also ate Kimbap for lunch which is the Korean version of sushi. I made them without the Nori and put ham, cucumber and carrots in it. They all tried but it wasn’t popular with everyone