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Join us for a trip around the world as we “virtually” learn about different countries, cultures, foods, music and famous landmarks with Chinese crafts and activities. Each week we will post about a different country with tons of great activities to engage with children of all ages. This week we will be learning about China. Join us on an adventure around the world with Chinese New Year crafts for kids and lots of fun activities! This unit is perfect for homeschool families, travel-loving families, and teachers with our sample Chinese lesson plan.

Clip Art with Woman presenting about China.

Grab this fun passport kit as an add-on to our global adventures. The kit includes a “passport”, stamps, stickers and other items to get kids excited about their adventure. You’ll see our passport used throughout the lessons. It’s perfect for our homeschooling China unit.

Each unit we locate the country of study on the map and complete our passport as we progress through the different activities. It makes it seem like we are really traveling the globe together!

Pen showing the location of China on the map.
Kids passport with pretend stamps for China.

Save this China Lesson Plan for the future.

Travel virtually to China with us! Lots of free Chinese crafts for kids and activity ideas! Think: STEM Projects, crafts and activities, unit study or thematic lessons, Japanese dragon puppets, Panda bobble with bamboo painting, Chinese paper lanterns, Chinese acrobatics, Chinese folktales, favorite books about China, China map activities and more! | China unit study for kids | China crafts for kids | China homeschool unit | Chinese crafts | virtual travel | virtual travel around the worlds |#china #homeschool #virtualtravel #travelwithkids

Want to travel to more countries? Check out all of my previous travel units by clicking on the name of the country.

Be sure to read through all the chinese craft ideas & activities, gather or purchase any needed supplies (most are what you have around the house) and then decide which activities you’d like to cover each day. Each activity has suggestions on how to modify it for younger and older children, but feel free to get creative and share your experience with us.

The following activities works great as a Chinese New Year lesson plans for preschool aged children, toddlers or elementary students.

If you like a schedule, here is a suggested 3-day “schedule” to complete all the Chinese New Year classroom activities. It makes a great schedule for a China homeschool unit.

Day One

  • Read Books About China
  • Locate China on the map and do the map activity
  • Create a Chinese flag
  • Listen to Chinese music
  • Learn some Chinese phrases
  • Pick some Chinese Crafts for Kids from the list

Day Two

  • Make your own Chinese egg rolls for lunch
  • Learn about famous landmarks and make your own model of the Great Wall of China
  • Have fun with Chinese New Year activities and Crafts
  • Learn some Chinese acrobatics

Day Three

  • Watch Moulan on Disney +
  • Read some Chinese Folktales
  • Enjoy a Chinese dinner complete with Soup, and Chow Mein
  • Plan a Field Trip or your future trip

All About China for Kids

  • Mandarin is the official language of China, but there are many different languages spoken in China, including Mandarin, Yue, Wu, Minbei, Minnan, Xiang, Gan and Hakka.
  • China is officially known as the People’s Republic of China and is located in the continent of Asia.
  • The Great Wall of China is the largest man-made structure in the world, stretching an incredible 8,850 kilometers (5,500 miles).
  • China has the largest population in the world with more than 1.3 billion people.
  • Ancient China was a land of inventions. The Chinese invented paper, the magnetic compass, printing, tea porcelain, silk, and gunpowder.
  • Chinese New Year is celebrated each year between January and February with parades, feasts with family, fireworks and time off work (15 days).

Books About China for Kids

We found quite a few great books for kids about China. We’ve included a few options that you can either purchase on Amazon via the links or you can reserve them at the library for a low-cost option. Grab a few options, even if the reading level is too high for your child, they can still look at the pictures and maps or have an adult read the book to younger children.

Do your kids enjoy watching YouTube? I know my son is always finding fun little videos. Here is a great video with beautiful scenes from all around China.

China Map Activity

China is a country located in Asia. It is the third-largest country in the world. China has the maximum number of neighbors touching its border. The 14 countries touching its border are India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russia, North Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Bhutan, and Nepal. Beijing is the capital city of China.

Gold airplane sitting on a map of China.

If you have a globe, help your child(ren) locate China on the map. If you have the passport kit from Amazon, it comes with a fun colorful map that you can hang up.

  • Ask your child what they know about China
  • Write down any questions your child has about China

Print the map below (right-click on the image, save it and then print).

Color China GREEN on the map. Then use different colors to show the various countries.

You can use watercolors (like we did), crayons, markers or colored pencils. I’ve linked to our favorites if you need more supplies.

Preschool Kids: Color the map

Elementary Ages: Talk about the various regions. Ask questions about the map:

  • What is the Capital City of China? Mark the capital on the map with a star and write Beijing.
  • The highest point in China is Mount Everest, which stands at 8,848 m (29,028 feet), find it’s location and highlight it on the map with a mountain shape. Add the name “Mount Everest”.
  • The Great Wall of China is the longest man-made structure. Draw your own wall between China and Mongolia.
Coloring a map of China. China is being colored Green.
Finished map of China with all the countries colored with colored pencil.

China Flag Activity

The Chinese flag is a red flag with one large star in the upper left corner with four smaller stars surrounding the larger star. The red of the Chinese flag symbolizes the communist revolution, and it’s also the traditional color of the people. The large gold star represents communism, while the four smaller stars represent the social classes of the people

The flag of China was officially adopted on October 1, 1949.

Chinese flag with a red background, a large star in the left hand corner and four smaller stars surrounding the larger star.

Make a flag of China.

For preschoolers, practice cutting and gluing with the instructions below.

Older kids can choose to paint or hand draw and color.

For this craft, all you need are: (if you need supplies, click on the links)

Supplies to make the China Flag: one red and one yellow piece of construction paper with scissors and a black colored pencil.

Step 1. Practice how to draw a star on the yellow piece of paper, parents might need to help with this part. You need one large and four smaller stars.

Hand drawn star on a piece of yellow construction paper.

Step 2. Cut out the stars (parents might need to demonstrate).

Little boy cutting out a yellow star on a piece of construction paper.

Step 3. Glue the stars on the red background according to the Chinese flag photo.

Little boy gluing down the yellow stars to the red background.

Voila! Your child has created the flag for China. Hang it up somewhere or find a stick/dowel and attach it. We’ve been adding our flags on a string hanging down the stairs.

Showing the layout of the Chinese flag with a red background and yellow stars.

Chinese Recipes

Grab the kids and make your very own egg rolls! Your kids can choose which fillings they prefer in this fun hands-on recipe.

Egg Roll Making Supplies

  • Egg Roll Wrappers
  • Soy Sauce
  • Ground Ginger
  • Rice Vinegar
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Cornstarch
  • Egg

Filling Ideas

  • Cooked Chicken
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Pork
  • Mozzarella and Meatball (non-traditional)
  • Bacon and Cheese (non-traditional)

Kids will love helping to make their own egg rolls. Get creative with different items to put inside the egg rolls. Here are some ideas for non-traditional egg roll recipes. Here is the recipe we used to make the egg rolls.

Egg Rolls

Step 1: Lay out all the ingredients.

Laying out all the ingredients for the recipe to make egg rolls.

Step 2: Saute the cabbage, chicken, shredded carrots and other veggies in some vegetable oil for 5 minutes.

Sauteing the carrots, cabbage and plant based chicken in some vegetable oil.

Step 3: Mix together your sauce according to the recipe and pour it over the mixture, cooking another 3 minutes.

Step 4: Scoop the filling onto a single sheet of egg roll wrapper.

A scoop of mixture in the middle of the egg roll wrapper.

Step 5: Fold the sides in, then the back flap and finally the front flap. Add some egg white to seal the front flap.

Step 6: Put the egg rolls onto a cookie sheet, spray with vegetable oil and then cook on each side for 6 minutes.

Egg rolls laying on a baking sheet.

It took me a bit of practice to get the folding technique right, but eventually, my son and I were a pro! We even tried a meatball, marinara, and mozzarella egg roll. They were both delicious.

Not quite sure you are ready to tackle making your own egg rolls? Visit a Chinese Restaurant to try new foods (or order take out). Some of our favorite Chinese foods include:

  • Dumplings (dough with filling)
  • Chow Mein (stir-fried noodles)
  • Peking Duck
  • Sweet and Sour Pork
  • Spring Rolls

Ready to cook a delicious traditional Chinese family-friendly dinner? Here are a few of our favorite recipes.

  • Chinese Corn Soup – crunchy corn kernels and chicken broth make up this easy Chinese Corn Soup. Add chicken for a heartier meal.
  • Chow Mein a Chinese dish of stir-fried noodles with vegetables and sometimes shredded meat like chicken, beef, pork or seafood.
  • Chinese chicken and broccoli a popular Chinese takeout dish.

Chinese Folktales

Chinese Folktales are a major part of the countries history and proud traditions. Stories are loved by both the young and the old. Folktales and are used to teach important values such as moderation, the value of promises, respect for one’s elders, why you should follow the ways of the culture, justice, and injustice, and the power of wisdom.

Chinese folklore is influenced by the country’s religions and beliefs. The animals in Chinese folk tales often have human characteristics and can speak and perform tasks in the same manner as humans.

Here are some of our favorite stories for children that you can read online:

Looking to add to your library collection? Here are some other books below.

Chinese Music

Listen to traditional French music while you complete the activities. Ask Alexa to play “Traditional Chinese Music“, or check out this youtube video with scenes from China with six hours of music to enjoy while you do crafts and learn about China.

Make your own music with this Chinese pellet drum. Pellet drums are popular with street vendors in China who use them as noisemakers to attract customers. In China, this drum is called taogu, or “rattle drum.”

Chinese drum with chinese characters on the front.

Here is the instruction to make your own DIY pellet drum. Click on the links to purchase supplies or head to Michaels Craft Store (US-based).

Supplies Needed:

Step 1: Paint the bottom (outside) of the two paper plates red (or another color if you’d like).

Boy painting the back of a paper plate with red paint.
Two paper plates upside down painted red.

Step 2: While the paint dries, cut two 8″ pieces of string and tie on a bead to the end. Make sure you double knot it.

Tying the wooden bead to the string.

Step 3: Paint a design on the outside of your drum. We choose two Chinese characters.

Step 4: Once the paint is dry, tape the dowel to the inside of one plate. Make sure the handle is long enough for kids.

Little boy adding a wooden dowel to the front of the paper plate and taping it down.

Step 5: Put glue around the outside edge of the plates and glue the two together. Wait for the glue to dry.

Step 6: Punch a hole on either side of the paper plates and tie the string with the beads. You want the bead to hit the center of the drum (paper plate).

Congrats! You’ve made your first Chinese Pellet drum. Was this Chinese drum craft easy? Find me on Facebook and show me yours!

Animals Native to China

China has a vast area of landscape and is home to a great variety of wildlife. China has the third-largest number of mammals in the world. The most well-known animal is the Giant Panda. Other animals that are native to China are the Asian elephant, North China leopard, the golden snub-nosed monkey, and the Pallas cat.

Panda Bear resting on a wooden platform.

The Asian elephant is slightly smaller than the African elephant. The elephant uses its trunk for drinking, grabbing, breathing, and smelling. The Pallas cat is almost the size of a domestic cat, but it has a long dense fur coat. Their fur changes color depending on the season.

The North Chinese Leopard is one of the world’s Big Cats, but there are only 100 leopards left in the wild, causing the North Chinese Leopard to be on the endangered animal list. The golden snubbed nose monkey is very rare and can only be found in Southwest and central China. 

The giant panda is part of the bear family and its body is covered by a thick black and white coat.  The majority of their diet composed of bamboo, which they spend 12 hours of the day eating. If you like Panda’s, check out our Panda craft below.

Want to learn even more about animals that call China their home? Check out this fun video to learn about eleven animals that live in China.

Panda Craft

Supplies Needed:

  • Yellow and Green Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scrap piece of cardboard (1″ x 1″)
  • Piece of white paper/cardstock
  • Panda Template (see below)
  • Black Sharpie
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Step 1: Put one dot of yellow and then two dots of green next to the yellow.

One drop of yellow paint with two drops of green paint side by side.

Step 2: Use the construction paper to slide the paint down the paper. Stop every 1-2″ and slide left or right by 1cm and then return to the center. The slide will make it look like segments of bamboo.

Step 3: Fill the paper with bamboo and then paint leaves using two different colors of green paint.

Bamboo, adding painted leaves.

Step 4: While your bamboo dries, print the image below or freehand the image on a piece of white paper.

Step 5: Using the black sharpie. Color the bottom of the legs, ears and facial features. Mine looks a bit different because I did a freehand of the image. Lucky for you, I gave you the printable version above.

Coloring in the feet of the panda, the ears and the face.

Step 6: Cut out the body parts and make two loops out of extra construction paper.

Our bamboo painting with the shapes of the body of the panda to assemble.

Step 7: Glue the largest part of the body to the bamboo background.

Gluing the first piece of the Panda to the bamboo painting.

Step 8: Glue the two loops to the back of the panda’s smaller body part. Glue that to the center of the large body piece.

Step 9: Make an accordion shape out of a piece of construction paper and glue it to the back of the panda’s head. Then glue it to the body of the Panda. Don’t forget to glue on the ears too.

Now you’ve got an adorable bobble head panda. We hung ours on the wall and my son likes to jiggle his head as he walks by.

Attaching the Panda's head to it's body.

Famous Landmarks

China has so many iconic walls, cities, palaces, temples, gardens, and UNESCO sites.

The Great Wall of China is one of the most recognized. It was built over thousands of years as a defense system against invading soldiers from other countries. It is currently the longest man-made structure in the world, with over 13,170 miles of wall.

The Great Wall is about 2,700 years old and was built by over 1 million laborers. It receives over 50 million visitors every year who come to admire its construction.

Great Wall of China standing in the center of the wall and looking towards the hills with the wall running in the front.

In order to understand the amount of time it took to build such a large structure, kids should attempt to build their own Great Wall of China. You can use legos, keva planks, playdoh, Melissa and Doug giant brinks or brick-sized rice Krispie treats.

We decided to use a combination of play-doh and LEGO Minifigures. We used this brick maker from our kinetic sand kit to make bricks out of the playdoh and then our son made them into his wall. We stacked higher towers and added fire signals.

Bricks made out of play doh to make the great wall of china model. LEGO Minifigures sit in the front and on the walls to guard.

Once his tower was complete, he added ladders and LEGO Minifigures to complete the scene. It was a fun way to show how much thought and effort went into making the Great Wall of China over thousands of years.

China has many other notable sites including the Forbidden City. It is an area of Beijing, China, that contains the former imperial palaces, to which entry was forbidden to all except the members of the imperial family and their servants. Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is the inspiration for the movie Avatar and is well known for its giant sandstone pinnacles rise skyward from the valley floor.

The Shaolin Monastery is a Chan Buddhist temple in the Henan Province of China. It is believed to have been founded in the fifth century, the Shaolin Temple played a historical role in spreading Zen Buddhism and martial arts to Japan, Korea, and other countries.

West Lake in Hangzhou is a place that Chinese people call “paradise on earth”. It is a beautiful landscape with mountains and Chinese-style arched bridges near the lake. There are tree-lined walkways, islands, and hill to bike around or cruise along the lake.

Chinese Crafts for Kids & Activities

There are so many fun crafts that you can do to learn more about China. Many crafts pair well with Chinese New Year crafts for kids which takes place between January and February. I’ll share some of our favorite Chinese crafts for kids below. If you find more activities that you love, please share them with me and I’ll add them to this list.

1. Coloring Pages – Click the link for tons of great coloring pages

2. Chinese Dragon Craft

Dragons in China are very important and seen as a symbol of window, power, and luck. Unlike scary dragons in the US, Chinese dragons are seen as kind and benevolent. We will make a fun dragon puppet craft for kids to enjoy. The paper dragon puppet is great for kids because they can play with it and make it dance around when they are finished.

Night photo of a dragon all lit up with beautiful colors.

Supplies Needed:

US Supplies

UK Supplies

Step 1: Print out the image below.

Clip art with a dragon head and a dragon tail for coloring.

Step 2: Color the head and tail of the dragon.

Step 3: Cut out the head and the tail. You can either cut around the design or leave a bit of white.

Step 4: Cut three colors of crepe paper to 12″ long (30cm).

Cutting three strips of crepe paper to 12" using a ruler.

Step 5: Fold the paper in half and then in half again. Cut the paper in half to form 6 pieces of crepe paper.

Step 6: Take 3 layers and stack them on top of each other. Fold them into an accordion style.

Step 7: Tape the three-piece of accordion-style paper to both the head and the tail of your dragon.

Step 8: Tape one plastic straw to the head and one plastic straw to the tail (cut off the bendy part if you have a bendy straw).

Taping the plastic straw to the tail of the dragon.

Step 9: Cut 3″ strips of crepe paper using the three strips that you have left. Fray the bottom of the crepe paper pieces.

Step 10: Tape the 3″ strips of crepe paper to the bottom of the dragons head and tail.

Taping little fringe pieces of party streamers to the dragon's tail.

Voila.. you have a beautiful Chinese New Year dragon craft to enjoy. Children can dance around the room with their DIY Chinese dragon.

Completed Chinese Paper Dragon Puppet.

3. Chinese New Year Lantern Craft

Chinese lanterns are one of the most easily recognized features of Chinese culture. They are used not only as a source of light and simple paper decoration, but they also symbolize good luck, social status, and vitality. Historians believe that the Chinese first began making the now traditional lanterns during the Eastern Han Dynasty (25–220).

Two Chinese paper lanterns. Paper lantern making.

There are three types of lanterns in Chinese culture: the hanging lanterns (most common), the floating lantern (used during lantern celebrations) and the flying lanterns (released into the night skies).

If you are looking for easy Chinese new year craft ideas, start this with this project. In this craft, we will make homemade paper lanterns. They are very easy to make and perfect as a Chinese new year craft for preschool students.

Supplies Needed:

Step 1: Take one sheet of red paper and fold it in half. You can either go lengthwise or widthwise.

Folding a piece of red construction paper in half.

Step 2: Mark a line every 1″ and cut (leaving 1″ at the top). We used fun scissors. Grab some HERE.

Step 3: Open up the paper and wrap the two ends around to meet each other, forming the lantern.

Step 4: Glue or tape the two ends together.

Connecting the two side of the red construction paper together to form the chinese paper lantern.

Step 5: Cut a 2″ strip of paper on the short side of a piece of construction paper to use for the handle.

Step 6: Glue or tape the handle to the lantern.

Lantern with fun scissor cuts.

Step 7: If you’d like to add “light” inside your lantern, roll up a piece of yellow construction paper. Make sure you find the right size to fit into your lantern. Tape the roll together and then slide it into your lantern.

Yellow construction paper rolled into a tube and taped.

Step 8: Glue or tape the yellow tube inside your lantern. You can insert it in fully or let the bottom hang out and then cut frills into the paper as beams of light.

Step 9: Decorate your lantern. We used glitter paint and ribbon.

Did you have fun experimenting with different shapes and styles of lanterns? Did you know lanterns were really created to keep the wind from blowing out the candle in Ancient China? Pretty smart, right?

Completed Chinese Paper Lantern Craft with glitter glue decorations and handle.

Chinese Inventions

China has been credited with many inventions over its thousand-year history. Some of those inventions include papermaking, the compass, gunpowder (fireworks) and printing. In addition, kites were first used as a way for the army to signal warnings (as well as signal fires) and umbrellas were invented to protect against the sun as well as the rain.

We are going to explore two Chinese inventions. Chinese papermaking and terraced farming.

Terraced Fields in China.

1. Paper Making Ancient China

Among the many Chinese inventions, paper and printing were among the most important Chinese inventions and changed the world. Paper was invented around 100 CE, during the Han dynasty. The first paper was made from rags, but later plant materials were used, such as bark, hemp, and bamboo.

Supplies Needed:

  • Paper Scraps (newspaper, construction paper)
  • Dye (food coloring)
  • Plastic containers (Tupperware)
  • Paper Making Screen (or make your own below)
  • Paper Towels/Dish Towels

Looking for an easy solution? Buy a kit HERE.

If you want to make your own papermaking screen, here are the instructions. Grab an old photo frame (the larger it is, the bigger the paper). Take out the insides and just leave the frame. Glue in some window screening or mesh around the edges. Use the insert to measure the size of the screening/mesh. Let it dry and you’ve got a paper screen.

Step 1: Cut or rip up scrap pieces of newspaper or construction paper. We used newspaper and just cut out the white parts.

Cutting strips of newspaper and adding little pieces into the containers.

Step 2: Place the pieces into a container and add water to cover the paper. Add food coloring if you’d like. Let the paper sit overnight for 12 hours.

Small bits of newspaper inside the containers.
Mixing the small pieces of newspaper with the blue dye.

Step 3: Transfer the paper into a blender. Make sure you have enough water to make the blender work. Pulp the paper.

Adding the blue paper to the blender.
Blending the blue paper to a pulp.

Step 4: Lay your screen over a larger dish (to catch the water).

Showing the Chinese paper making supplies with two containers of pulp, cookie cutters, a DIY strainer, a plastic strainer and a glass container.

Step 5: Scoop the paper onto your screening. You can use cookie cutters to make shapes. You want a thin layer.

A heart shaped cookie cutter sitting inside the plastic strainer with red pulp.
Spreading out the blue pulp over the screening.

Step 6: Use a paper towel or kitchen towel to push the paper into the screening and push out the water.

Drying the red paper pulp with a paper towel.
Using a towel over the pulp to press out the liquid.

Step 7: Once the paper is dry enough, flip over the paper from the screen onto a towel to dry.

Flipping over the screening to lay the heart on a towel.
Letting the dried pulp fall off the strainer onto the towel to finish drying.

Step 8: Let the homemade paper dry overnight.

Dried heart from the chinese homemade paper craft.
Dried Paper

Homemade paper works great as teacher gifts, for mother’s day or a fun gift for friends. They are easy to make a cost-effective. You can also write your name in Chinese characters and frame it.

2. Terraced Farming

Supplies Needed:

Step 1: Take a ball of Play-Doh and place it in the center of the tray. Explain to your child that China has many hills and mountains, which is good usable land, but difficult to farm.

Ball of play-doh in the center of the tray with a little boy holding a cup of water over the top.

Step 2: Have your child pour a bit of water over the mound of play-doh. What happens? Why did all the water run off the play-doh onto the tray?

Pouring water onto the play-doh and watching it fall off the play doh into the tray.

Step 3: Farmers in Ancient China designed terraces in the hills to make a flat surface to farm on. This also allowed the water to stay on the crop and not wash them down the side of the hill. Have your child make a terraced hillside.

Step 4: Pour the water on the new design and see what happens. Did the water stay in the flat areas? How is this better for farming?

In order to grow more food, the ancient Chinese built terraced fields for water conservation which made it possible to grow rice in hilly areas. They figured out how to use land that was at first unusable into terraced fields.

Chinese Acrobats: Get Moving!

Chinese acrobatics is a wide range of acrobatic acts, balancing acts, coordination, demonstrations of physical skill and Chinese stories and is traditionally performed by a troupe in China. There are two styles of performances: Martial Arts or Circus.

Grab all the members in your family, invite some friends or if you have a small family like ours, mom and dad get to play too! There are four elements of Chinese acrobatics, try an activity or two from each.

1. Flexibility and balance:  See how flexible each member of the family is.

Can you touch your toes? Do the splits? Lay on your belly and touch your toes to your head?

Test your balance by standing on one leg, then try to touch the ground in front of you, to the left, to the right and behind you without falling over. Find a rock and see if you can stand on it with only one foot. Time each other to see how long each person can last before falling over.

Balance Exercise.

2. Group coordination: Pick a favorite dance and see if you can all stay together or create your own moves to your favorite song. Here are some favorites that are family-friendly.

3. Chinese music and theater: Use your pellet drums to create your own music show or use one of the Chinese folktales to create a theater performance.

4. Martial arts: The Chinese are known for their Kung Fu. Practice your moves with kicks and punches in this ancient Chinese art. You can also play Just Dance Kids Kung Fu Fighting.

Family-Friendly Chinese Movies

There are so many great family-friendly movies set in the country of China. The hardest part is picking which option to watch! We watched Mulan to go along with our China unit, but we’ve seen the majority of these.

Mulan(rated G)- The movie about a young Chinese woman who disguises herself as a man to enter battle in her ill father’s place delivers a positive message of staying true to yourself.

Kung Fu Panda 1, 2, & 3 (rated PG)- Jack Black as Po the chubby panda and extremely unlikely martial arts hero is funny and memorable.

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Around the Clubhouse World (Rated G)- Along with countries like France and Egypt, Mickey and the gang visit China and have to figure out a hack for getting over the Great Wall. Perfect for the 5 and under crowd.

Disneynature Born In China (Rated G)- “Born In China” follows the adventures of three animal families — the majestic panda, the savvy golden monkey, and the elusive snow leopard. It is a documentary and not a movie, but great for animal lovers. You can download an activity packet from the Disney website to use with the documentary.

You should be able to find the movies on Amazon, Netflix or Hulu. If you’d like to buy the DVD, click the photos below.

Learn Mandarin Phrases/Words

Learn more about China by practicing a few Mandarin words. Mandarin is a language made up of characters and they represent words or phrases rather than sounds. Chinese writing has over 50,000 characters, but only 20,000 are used today. Chinese is considered one of the hardest languages to learn. The video below will teach you some basic greetings such as Hello, Thank you and You’re Welcome.

Want to learn more Mandarin? Download the Duolingo app for daily practice.

Learn more about China with Little Passports: World Edition

My 5-year-old is a huge fan of Little Passports, a monthly subscription service for kids focused on global learning. They have two versions, Early Explorers is meant for ages 3-5 years of age and it focuses on various themes such as music, oceans, and dinosaurs.

World Edition is meant for children 6-10 years of age and it focuses on a different country each month. One of the countries that is included in the series is China, which is a perfect pairing with this week’s lessons.

After the first month (when kids receive their world map and suitcase), your child will receive souvenirs, activity sheets, photos, stickers for their map and suitcase, and access to more activities online.

Field Trip: Chinese Style

Expand your learning with a visit to a Chinese Garden.

  • The New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden in Staten Island, New York, USA
  • Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland, Oregon, USA
  • Liu Fang Yuan or the Garden of Flowing Fragrance, Chinese Garden at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California
  • Seattle Chinese Garden in Seattle, Washington, USA
  • The Astor Court in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, USA
  • The Margaret Grigg Nanjing Friendship Garden in the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, Missouri, USA
  • Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens in Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Temple along the water with a green room and pink sides.
Blue sky and white clouds, ancient Chinese architecture: garden.

Attend a Chinese festival in your area or visit a local Chinese restaurant to immerse yourself in the culinary delights. Chinese New Year is a great time to visit Chinatown and see if they have a parade scheduled.

Plan your trip!

If you loved learning about China and are looking to plan a trip, check out these great resources from our family travel blogger friends. They’ve got all the best insider tips and tricks.

Have your sights set on Beijing? Check out these tips for planning a trip with the kids to Beijing.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed taking a virtual trip to China with your kids. Learning about new countries and cultures can be a fun experience for both children and adults. I created this travel blog for families to inspire others to travel and create memories with their families.

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We love learning about new cultures and China is a favorite. Teach your children about China with this Chinese Lesson Plan full of creative and fun ideas for all ages. Included are plenty of free resources from map activities, favorite books about China, a STEM activity with terraced fields, plenty of Chinese crafts including pandas, paper lanterns and paper dragon puppets. Kids will be active during the Chinese acrobatic skills video and might learn a few Chinese phrases in the video (included). Travel around the world in this virtual trip to China. | China unit study for kids | China crafts for kids | China homeschool unit | Chinese crafts | virtual travel | virtual travel around the worlds |#china #homeschool #virtualtravel #travelwithkids
I’m sharing all the free resources I used to teach my son all about China this week, including free activities, crafts, Chinese acrobatic lessons, how to make egg rolls with kids, links, educational activities, videos, recipes, and crafts! This comes from our around-the-world unit study, and I’d be thrilled if you used these ideas for learning in your homeschool or classroom. | China unit study for kids | China crafts for kids | China homeschool unit | Chinese crafts | virtual travel | virtual travel around the worlds | #china #homeschool #virtualtravel #travelwithkids

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