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It's February

January 27, 2018 03:49 by Barbara Shelby


 2018 Updated January 2018

Flower: Violet
Birthstone: Amethyst
Astrological Sign:
Aquarius: January 21 - February 19
Pisces: February 20 - March 20

This is a great month!  Black History Month;  Mardi Gras,  Random Acts of Kindness Week;  Ground Hog Day; President's Day ;   Valentine's Day 100th Day of School  (in USA); much going on that if you check the links,  your activities are just about planned for you for the enitire month!



Usually 100th Day of School in USA Falls Mid-February! Have fun with the '100th Day' ideas and also CELEBRATE THE 101st DAY OF SCHOOL with a Dalmatian theme and watching the movie "101 Dalmatians"!  

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) happens each February-Check Bird Theme-



Week One
Ground Hog Day-Feb. 2

Week Two and Three
Valentine's Day-Feb. 14

 President's Day-  In the United States, Presidents Day is always celebrated on the third Monday of February. 


The Days of February are... (Words in Bold Print have ideas at page bottom)

1.   National Freedom Day 
      Royal Canadian Mounted Police officially began 1920
2.   Bonza Bottler Day: Just a day to celebrate when date and month are the same!
      Bottle cap patented
      'Dia de la Candelaria' celebrated in Mexico
      Ground Hog Day; Buenos Aires, Argentina founded-1536
   Elmo's (Sesame Street) birthday
      First soft landing on moon (Luna 9, USSR, 1966)            
4.   Charles Lindbergh's birthday-1902
      Create a Vacuum Day and
Rosa Park's Birthday         
5.   Constitution Day in Mexico
      Disaster Day
      National Weather Person Day
      Hank Aaron's Birthday-1934
6.  Babe Ruth's Birthday
     Monopoly Game first sold in stores - 1935
     Waitangi Day celebrated in New Zealand
     Ronald Reagan born
     Massachusetts became State in 1788
7.  Charles Dicken's Birthday
     Laura Ingalls Wilder's Birthday-1867
     Switzerland granted women right to vote-1971       
8.   Boy Scout's Day-founded in 1919 
9.   Hershey Chocolate founded -1894 
      Toothache Day  
10. Umbrella Day (See March Ideas--March is National Umbrella month); 
       Treaty of Paris signed in 1713-ending war between French and  Indians
11   Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day
      National Foundation Day in Japan
      National Inventor's Day in honor of Edison's birthday-1847
      White T-shirt Day (Have ALL wear white shirts!)
12. Abraham Lincoln's Birthday-1809
      Charles Darwin born - 1809 
13.  Bicycle Safety Day
       Get a Different Name Day! (Ideas below)

14.  Valentine's Day ; Ferris Wheel Day; Library Lover's Day; Flag Day in Canada-first raised in 1965; Susan B. Anthony born-1820 and National Gumdrop Day
16.  Miranda (moon of Uranus) first photographed in 1948  
17.  Human Spirit Day
18.  Family Day in Canada
       Pluto discovered by Clyde Tombaugh - 1930
19.  Mr. Roger's Neighborhood premiered - 1968 and National Chocolate Mint Day (See below)
20.   National Hoodie-Hoo Day -go outside and yell "Hoodie-hoo!" to scare away winter and welcome Spring!
       John Glenn orbited Earth three times- 1962,Friendship 7 space  capsule
       Toothpick patented
21.   Love your Pet Day
        Polaroid Land Camera introduced -1927 by Edwin Land
22.   Be Humble Day
        George Washington's Birthday
        World Thinking Day

23.   Dolly the Sheep cloned in 1997 & Tennis Day
         International Dog Biscuit Day (Idea below)
24.    Flag Day in Mexico (Dia de la Bandera) & National Tortilla Chip Day     
        Gordon from Sesame Street's Birthday
25.    Paper Currency introduced in USA-1862 by President Lincoln
        Quiet Day (Ideas below)
        First US Electric Printing Press patented by Thomas Davenport  - 1837 
26.    William "Buffalo Bill" Cody born 1846
        Levi Strauss born 1829 & Carnival Day    
27 Polar Bear Day (Visit Teddy Bears & other Bears Theme)
       Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Birthday - 1807     
28.   Public Sleeping Day and
        Congress authorized Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1803



February 2 is 'BONZA BOTTLER DAY'---this happens each month when the month and date are the same! It's just a reason to celebrate in any way you celebrate! Celebrate BIG as it's also Ground Hog Day!!!

FINDING WORDS IN A WORD: This idea comes from School-Age Note of the Day...2/2/2011

For a simple and quick activity, have the children write "Punxsutawney" on a sheet of paper and see how many words they can make from the letters in it. (For example, the word "sweet" wouldn't be valid because it has two "e"s and "Punxsutawney" only has one.) Set a time limit and then have children take turns sharing the words they found. 

Example: sat, at, pun, tune, neat, eat, nut, tan, yes, say,  set, nun,  wet, saw, was, tawny, etc.

Feb. 2--Bottle Cap Patented. Collected bottle caps and challenge kids to come up with a creative bottle cap collage! With this also being Ground Hog Day-consider doing it a day or two before!


 On February 9, Hershey Chocolate was founded. Cover St. Valentine's Day and this day with one project!


Materials: 6" lengths of 12 gauge floral wire,  Silk flower leaves, Green floral tape,  Clear cellophane,  Glue, Scissors,  Ribbon,  Hershey Kisses Milk Chocolates

To create Chocolate Roses:

1. For each candy rose, spread glue on the bottom of one foil-wrapped chocolate.
2. Firmly press the bottom of another chocolate to it.
3. Insert florist wire into one pointed end of the double chocolates, twisting cellophane, continuing down the full length of wire with tape.
4. Add 1 or 2 artificial leaves, if desired, securing leaves in place with florist tape.
You can also make them by taking two Hershey kisses...  first insert a pipe cleaner or wire into one. Next attach kisses together at flat end with tape or glue; wrap them with red saran wrap. Take 2 wire leaves and attach them to the pipe cleaner with florist tape.......

Also-Check out the CHOCOLATE THEME DAY IDEAS...the 'short themes' in this category are listed alphabetically.


MAKE SOME HERSHEY HOT COCOA! See Hot Cocoa/Chocolate category :-)


 FEBRUARY 6 (1935) is the first day MONOPOLY GAMES WERE SOLD IN STORES. Be sure to pull your Monopoly Games out--and let the kids know why! What are some other things that were going on in 1935? What did kids back then like to play???


THE 10TH IS 'UMBRELLA DAY'! Check out  "Doing the Month of March  Days"  for ideas!  March is 'National Umbrella Month'...



Post the saying and have kids write down or talk about what they think that means! You may get some very cute and funny interpretations...

•  To go along with the 'milk theme'--- If it's cold where you live-make Hot Chocolate.  If it's warm--make some milkshakes!!!

The day and saying means... don't worry about something that has already happened and work on fixing the problem. Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day is in recognition that everyone spills a little milk now and then. (When spilled--you can't get it back into the glass!) It's a day to  be optimistic, think positive, look on the bright side, and to find something good in everything that happens. As the song says: Don't Worry, be Happy!  Participate in "Don't Cry over Spilled Milk Day" with an optimistic attitude and a smile on your face!


FEBERUARY 13 is 'GET A DIFFERENT NAME DAY'!  Have some fun with ALL choosing a different name. Put the names on 'name tags' and talk about what they like about their own names and what they like about the 'new' names...

 •Do the kids know why their parents chose the names they have? Do they know what their names mean?

•Get a book of names/meanings and celebrate this silly day!



February 14--VALENTINES DAY!

See Loads of Valentine ideas here!



 Go outside and yell "Hoodie-hoo!" to scare away winter and welcome Spring! (In Southern Hemisphere it is celebrated August 22) To be precise, one is to go out at high noon and wave arms above head while yelling the words. If you  can't do it then---have silly...and do it with your kids any time of the day. Just do it! (This is a copyrighted holiday-courtesy of


 February 19... is NATIONAL CHOCOLATE MINT DAY. Make some chocolate mint candy! 

1 cup (6 oz) semisweet chocolate chips
14 ounces sweetened condensed milk, divided
1 cup (6 oz) vanilla flavored baking chips
1 tablespoon peppermint extract
2 to 3 drops green food coloring

In a saucepan, melt chocolate chips and 3/4 cup condensed milk over low heat, stirring occasionally. Line an 8 inch square baking pan with waxed paper; butter the paper.

Spread half of melted chocolate mixture into pan; chill for 5-10 minutes (keep remaining melted chocolate at room temperature.

In another saucepan, melt vanilla chips. Stir in remaining condensed milk and mix well. Remove from the heat; add extract and food coloring. Chill. Spread over chilled chocolate layer; spread reserved melted chocolate on top of mint layer. Chill. Cut into 1 inch pieces. (From KidActivities Easy Candy Category)
Makes 5 dozen


President's Day   is the third Monday in February...   

February 21 is 'LOVE YOUR PET DAY'! How about making some PET ROCKS and have fun with the Extension Ideas! Visit the Stones, Rocks, and Pebbles Theme page for ideas...


The 23rd is 'INTERNATIONAL DOG BISCUIT DAY'... Make some Dog Biscuits!


1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs
3 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup oats

1. Blend wet ingredients together.
2. Whisk dry ingredients together in a separate bowl, and then mix with wet mixture to form a ball of dough.
3. Roll out and shape as desired. Place on a non-stick cookie tray or lightly greased pan.
4. Bake twenty minutes at 400 degrees.
5.  When finished, turn off oven and allow the biscuits to cool inside oven until crisp and hard.
6. Store in an airtight container.


 FEBRUARY 25TH IS 'QUIET DAY'...Celebrate it by playing some quiet/low keyed games.

Here's a fun low energy set of games (in comparison to the usual style "Olympic Games") that you can try. See lots other games in the Low Energy Category and in Gathering and Waiting Game Category...

1. Discus Throw: Use a paper plate

2. Shot Put: Use a balloon

3. Track Race: Each player lines up at the start line and race by placing the heel of one foot against the toe of the next. The first one to the end of the track and back wins.

4. High Jump: Each contestant takes a deep breath and whistles. The contestant who holds the note the longest wins.

5. High Dive: Each player stands on a chair (or faces the chair back-rest and then kneels chair seat) with ten clothes pins and drops them into an empty bottle. The player that gets the most wins.


The 27th is 'POLAR BEAR DAY'...


First put ice cream and then a layer of your choice of candy (M&M's, Kisses, Chocolate or Peanut Butter Chips.) Cover candy layer with Cool Whip and decorate it with gummy bears or a teddy graham cookie. Serve it in small-clear plastic cups for individual serving or one big vat that everyone shares. Usually, children like to have their own. There may also be ideas in the Teddy Bear & Other Bears Theme.


Have kids wear PJ's and lounge on pillows and blankets as they watch a movie. (Don't forget favorite stuffed animals!)
Watch an old favorite or something just released. Make popcorn or have cookies and set up a 'hot chocolate bar' where everyone can add marshmallows, chocolate sprinkles, and whipped cream to cups of cocoa.


FEBRUARY IS 'FRIENSHIP MONTH'... Check out Kid Activities FRIENDSHIP THEME DAY...Themes are listed alphabetically.


  FEBRUARY IS 'AMERICAN HEART MONTH'!  PLAN A HEALTHY HEART DAY!  Celebrate a “healthy” heart with fun, aerobic activities that get children up and moving. Check out the HEALTHY HEART THEME DAY (Located at the bottom of the Theme Day page 1 Category




Visit the Bird Theme for ideas and directions for many BIRD FEEDER ideas!


This is an event that takes place over four days in February each year. It's very easy! All you have to do is watch birds in your yard, a nearby park, or maybe at your school. Then you tell what you saw by entering your bird list online.

They collect that information from people all over the United States and Canada so SCIENTISTS CAN LEARN WHAT KIND OF BIRDS ARE BEING SEEN IN THE WINTER AND WHETHER THERE ARE MORE OR FEWER THAN BEFORE! Click here - to learn more about how to participate. (There are also games, print-outs and bird-fun on the site!)







2018        February 16                  Dog
2019        February 5                    Pig


 Happy February! It's a great month for planning activities!!!

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China and Chinese New Year

January 26, 2018 23:42 by Barbara Shelby


Updated January, 2018

Chinese New Year of 2017, THE YEAR OF THE Dog ... It will not just be fifteen days of festivity, but it will be a time to strengthen the bond of love and respect. It will mean reunion, feasting, revelry and parties for Chinese people.

Dinners will be organized by Chinese families and will be a great get-together to come close with family, friends and dear ones. Delicious and delectable gastronomical delights will be cooked at home like chicken, fish, and cakes so that New Year will usher in happiness, wealth and good health. 


Chinese New Year Begins...     Animal Sign  
2018        February 16                  Dog
2019        February 5                    Pig



What is the LANTERN FESTIVAL of Chinese New Year?
The Chinese New Year ends with the Lantern Festival on the fifteenth day of the celebration. Some of the lanterns may be works of art, painted with birds, animals, flowers, zodiac signs, and scenes from legend and history. People hang glowing lanterns in temples, and carry lanterns to an evening parade under the light of the full moon.



Colored construction paper, Tape, stapler or glue, ruler, scissors
 •Fold a rectangular piece of paper in half, making a long, thin rectangle.
 •Make about a dozen or more cuts  along the fold line. Don't cut all the way to the edge of the paper.
 •Unfold the paper. Glue or staple the short edges of the paper together.
 •Cut a strip of paper 6 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. Glue or staple this strip of paper across one end of the lantern - this will be the handle of the lantern


Have the children put on their own Chinese New Year PARADE and SING songs to celebrate.


In many areas the highlight of the Lantern Festival is the DRAGON DANCE. The Dragon—which might stretch a hundred feet long—is typically made of silk, paper, and bamboo. Traditionally the dragon is held aloft by young men who dance as they guide the colorful beast through the streets. Make your dragon with an extremely long sheet of roll paper and have children hold each end for your parade.

Many cities hold parades which are lead by a huge dragon or lion. The Chinese have a great belief and respect towards dragons and believe the dragon is the symbol for good luck. In the Chinese legend the dragon is not a monster but a protector against evil spirits. He is the symbol of luck, goodness and strength. The lion is the symbol for protection and is thought to guard against danger. Children enjoy watching and joining in with the parade and take part in the great Dragon Dance.

FYI: In the United States, where the Chinese New Year is celebrated with a shortened schedule, the 'Dragon Dance' always takes place on a weekend. In addition, many Chinese-American communities have added American parade elements such as marching bands and floats.


Sung to 'Frere Jacques'

Chinese dragon, Chinese dragon,
Breathing fire, breathing fire...
Happy, happy new year,
Happy, happy new year..
Gung Hay Fat Choy,
Gung Hay Fat Choy.

Gung Hay Fat Choy means ...
'Best wishes and Congratulations. Have a prosperous and good year.'




At Chinese New Year celebrations people wear red clothes, decorate with poems on red paper, and give children "lucky money" in red envelopes. Wear Red... and write poems and decorate them in red!

Red symbolizes fire, which according to legend can drive away bad luck. The fireworks that shower the festivities are rooted in a similar ancient custom. Long ago, people in China lit bamboo stalks, believing that the crackling flames would frighten evil spirits.





•Create your own Chinese New Year FIREWORK PICTURE...The Chinese invented fireworks thousands of years ago!

Use dark construction paper, glue and different colors of glitter. These fireworks pictures are great decorations for Chinese New Year...
Black or very dark construction paper, glitter,white glue, Old newspapers and a straw

Work on old newspapers. Spread glue on the paper in geometric shapes. If the glue is soft enough, you can put a small blob of glue on the paper, and then blow some air through a straw to spread it into interesting shapes. You can experiment with the consistency of the glue and the angle of the straw.

Sprinkle glitter onto the glue. Slide the excess glitter off your picture and back into the glitter container.



•PLAN A CHINESE RIBBON DANCE: Although Chinese Ribbon Dance sticks have wide and very long ribbons--make a more simple version.

Idea #1: Attach crepe paper streamer or ribbons to a chopstick or pencil. Play Chinese inspired music and have children MOVE WITH THE TWIRLERS.... Show a movement with the ribbon and have children copy it.

Paper towel roll tube
Tacky glue
Hole punch
Measuring tape, ruler, or yardstick
1.  Wrap ribbon around the paper towel tube, applying tacky glue under the ribbon as you work. You can wrap the ribbon at an angle or horizontally, whatever you prefer.
2.  After ribbon is applied and glue has dried, punch 9 holes in the bottom of the paper towel tube with the hole punch.
3.  Cut 12 strips of ribbon that are 46 inches long.
5. Pull each of the strips through the holes so the knot is on the inside
of the tube.


Did you know that... 
   • KITES and the 
are all Chinese inventions?!

Celebrate by playing dominoes, making/flying a kite, and making some fireworks art!

You Need: Paper Plate, Tissue Paper, Streamers, Crayons/markers,
String, Craft Sticks

1. Have the children draw a design (or make one with tissue paper) on the paper plate.

2. Next have them glue foot long streamers on the paper plate.

3. Last, punch a hole at the nose of the plate--- and tie a piece of yarn through it.

4. Wrap additional yarn around a craft stick and then tape the yarn on the plate to the stick.

The kite will really fly on a windy day.



(This sample is child made)
   • Cut a circle the size of a paper plate out of a piece of white craft paper.
   • Cut two oval shapes for the ears and two small circles for the eyes out of black craft paper.
   • Cut one medium-sized circle out of white craft paper for the nose. Glue cutouts onto paper plate sized circle.
   • Cut out a small black triangle and glue onto nose.
   • Cut out two small white circles and glue onto eyes.
   • Glue face to the backside of a paper plate.
   •Fill paper plate with a handful of macaroni or beans and staple another paper plate to the reverse side to close.
   • Shake to make noise.



•Fold ORIGAMI for a fun craft activity. Purchase colored paper and provide individual step-by-step instructions for the children to follow. Have different animal designs ranging in difficulty.

BOOKS listed below TEACH CHILDEN ABOUT THE CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION and share information about the Chinese Culture in general---Great for elementary multicultural studies!



•Invite a Chinese MARTIAL ARTS instructor to talk and demonstrate the philosophy and action of their skills.

Invite someone to teach children how to SAY AND WRITE THEIR NAME in Chinese and to discuss culture.

Play and discuss the MUSIC of China from ancient times to present day.




Play DOMINOES (A Chinese Game invention) 

A pair of chopsticks for each player
Two bowls for each player
5-10 small objects like marshmallows, starburst candies or cotton

Place small objects like marshmallows, candies, or cotton balls in one bowl on a chair. Then place another empty bowl about 10 feet away on another chair. Players can only use their chopsticks to move the items from one bowl to the other. The first player (or team) to successfully move all objects from one bowl to the other wins.


Need a minimum of ten players...

The children all form a line with their hands on the shoulders of the child in front. The first in line is the dragon's head, the last in line is the dragon's tail.

The dragon's head then tries to catch the tail by manoeuvring the line around so that he can tag the last player. All the players in the middle do their best to hinder the dragon's head. Don't let the line break!

When the head catches the tail, the tail player takes the front position and becomes the new dragon's head. All the other players move back one position



Any number of players, all ages, an ideal indoor game.

Each player must have 5 sticks, which may be popsicle sticks, or plastic straws. To begin the game, all sticks are collected and piled into a confused heap.

The player who can first remove one stick without disturbing any others, may continue, trying to dislodge other sticks using the first one, again, without disturbing the pile.

If the pile is disturbed, the next player may try first to dislodge one stick, then others using the first stick.

The game continues until all of the sticks are picked up and the player with the most sticks is the winner. The winner has the opportunity to drop the sticks for the next game, and he also gets the first turn. Source: Thunder Bay Multicultural Association)


Any number of players, any age, played indoors and outdoors. This is a very simple game which combines the pleasure of marble-shooting and golf to create a unique game. This is also the most common form of marbles played in Europe and of course, in the Orient.

If this game is played inside, circles may substitute for holes in the outdoors. A course consists usually of three holes, which may be three or four metres apart. (One meter is approximately three feet) Players begin at a starting line, and each flicks a marble with his fingers in classic marbles style, towards the first hole.  Players count the number of flicks they take to sink their marbles. Players may knock others marbles away as well, somewhat like shuffleboard.

At the end, the player with the fewest flicks is the winner.



You need 21 toothpicks, beans or other small markers. Arrange the 21 toothpicks (or other objects) in a continuous, straight, horizontal line.

(A game from China)

For ages of 8 and older--two players ,,,


  • Taking turns- each player picks up 1, 2, or 3 sticks at a time.
  • The object of the game is to NOT pick up the LAST stick...






   • Package gift bag items for the children in Chinese food take-out boxes instead of traditional gift bags.
   • Give fortune cookies instead of candy

   • Inexpensive paper fans

   • Chinese jump ropes

   • Chinese yo-yos 

   • Pocket-size Chinese checkers are great stuffers or game prizes



SERVE CHINESE FOOD or finger food such as egg rolls and won tons. This will allow children to see what the Chinese like to eat—in comparison to something like American pizza or hot dogs.


Chinese New Year Cooking for Kids
3 cups cooked leftover cold rice
1 cup of cooked chicken, pork, or beef cut up in bite size pieces
1 egg
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp Teriyaki sauce
1 tsp, garlic powder
1 green onion chopped
1/2 cup frozen peas and carrots mix
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
Black pepper to taste.

Add oil in a wok or frying pan over medium heat. Add cold rice after the oil is hot, continually stirring for about 3 minutes. Add frozen peas and carrots, soy sauce, teriyaki sauce and garlic powder; continue stirring until vegetables are tender about 10 minutes.

Add cooked meat and stir for another 3-4 min or until meat is warmed through. Scramble an egg in a bowl; push all of the rice mixture to one side of the pan or wok-- slowly add the egg to the empty space in the pan. Scramble until cooked through and then mix together with rest of rice mixture.

Add green onion and black pepper to taste. (Can be made at home and re-heated)
*** (I did this 'cooking activity' with groups at summer camp. The kids loved it and ate it all up! Barb)

•You could also STEAM SOME WHITE RICE and serve with sweet/sour sauce and Chicken McNuggets

•Offer CHOPSTICKS for the children to eat with.

MAKE FORTUNE CAKES-- Bake cake in ice-cream cones with fortunes placed inside the batter of each cone


Flat bottom ice cream cones
Cake mix
Cupcake tin
1. Follow the directions to make your favorite cake mix.
2.  Have the kids spoon the batter into the ice cream cones. (Insert fortune slip in center of batter)
3.  Be careful not to fill them more than 3/4 full.
4.  Put the filled cones into the cupcake tin.
5.  Bake at 350F for 10-15 minutes.
6.  Insert a toothpick to check that they are baked through.
7.  Have  kids frost and decorate their cupcake cones.
8.  You can use different colored icing/frosting, multi-colored sprinkles or candy as decorations


MAKE A DRAGON or SNAKE SHAPED CAKE ... Pre-make cupcakes--frost them and place them in a shape of a dragon! Finish decorating as desired. You can also make a cake in a bundt pan (or two). Follow regualar baking instructions. When the cake is cooled and removed from the pan(s)--cut the cake in half. Place the two (or four) halves together (side by side) in a curvy shape. Frost and decorated as desired.

Serve punch with small paper parasols decorating the cups

Make tea and have a Chines tea ceremoney. Click here to learn the history of the tea ceremony. Click here to read about tea drinking customs.


Help children understand the Chinese Culture and embrace it. Many times, children believe that their way is the only way--at least until they begin to see the other ways things are done in different parts of the world. BOOKS ARE A GREAT WAY TO DO THIS!

  • Chinese New Year for Kids by Cindy Roberts
  • Dim Sum for Everyone by Grace Lin
  • Dragon Dance - A Chinese New Year Lift-the-Flap Book by Joan Holub, Benrei Huang
  • Fortune Cookie Fortunes by Grace Lin
  • Grandfather Tang's Story by Ann Tompert
  • Happy, Happy Chinese New Year by Demi Hitz
  • Happy New Year by Demi Hitz
  • Lanterns and Firecrackers - A Chinese New Year Story (Festival Time) by Jonny Zucker, Jan Barger Cohen
  • Lion Dancer by Kate Waters by Martha Cooper (Illustrator)
  • Moonbeams, Dumplings, and Dragon Boats by Nina Simonds, Leslie Swartz, and The Children's Museum, Boston
  • One Is a Drummer: A Book of Numbers by Roseanne Thong
  • Round Is a Mooncake: A Book of Shapes by Roseanne Thong
  • Ruby's Wish by Shirin Yim Bridges
  • Sam and the Lucky Money by Karen Chinn, Cornelius Van Wright (Illustrator), Ying-Hwa Hu (Illustrator)
  • The Dancing Dragon by Marcia K. Vaughan, Stanley Wong Hoo Foon (Illustrator)
  • The Five Chinese Brothers by Claire Huchet Bishop
  • The Runaway Rice Cake by Ying Chang Compestine, Tungwai Chau (Illustrator)
  • This Next New Year by Janet S. Wong, Yangsook Choi (Illustrator)
  • Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel


THE CHINESE LUNAR CALENDAR names each of the twelve years after an animal. Legend has it that the Lord Buddha summoned all the animals to come to him before he departed from earth. Only twelve came to bid him farewell and as a reward he named a year after each one in the order they arrived. The Chinese believe the animal ruling the year in which a person is born has a profound influence on personality, saying: "This is the animal that hides in your heart."

Each year in a 12 year cycle represents an animal. Have children  figure out which year they were born under. They can have fun figuring out what each animal says about their personalities...


Rat        1924  1936  1948  1960  1972  1984  1996 
Ox         1925  1937  1949  1961  1973  1985  1997 
Tiger      1926  1938  1950  1962  1974  1986  1998 
Rabbit    1927  1939  1951  1963  1975  1987  1999 
Dragon   1928  1940  1952  1964  1976  1988  2000 
Snake     1929  1941  1953  1965  1977  1989  2001 
Horse     1930  1942  1954  1966  1978  1990  2002 
Sheep     1931  1943  1955  1967  1979  1991  2003 
Monkey   1932  1944  1956  1968  1980  1992  2004 
Rooster   1933  1945  1957  1969  1981  1993  2005 
Dog        1934  1946  1958  1970  1982  1994  2006 
Boar       1935  1947  1959  1971  1983  1995  2007 


  • Rat: quick-witted, smart, charming, and persuasive
  • Ox: patient, kind, stubborn, and conservative
  • Tiger: authoritative, emotional, courageous, and intense
  • Rabbit: popular, compassionate, and sincere
  • Dragon: energetic, fearless, warm-hearted, and charismatic
  • Snake: charming, gregarious, introverted, generous, and smart
  • Horse: energetic, independent, impatient, and enjoy traveling
  • Sheep: mild-mannered, shy, kind, and peace-loving
  • Monkey: fun, energetic, and active
  • Rooster: independent, practical, hard-working, and observant
  • Dog: patient, diligent, generous, faithful, and kind
  • Pig: loving, tolerant, honest, and appreciative of luxury



Make some PUPPY CHOW......Kids (grown-ups too) love this one!

1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup (1 stick) margarine
12 ounces chocolate chips
1 large box Crispix
2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1. Melt peanut butter, margarine and chocolate chips.
2. Pour mixture over large box Crispix; coat well.
3. In a paper bag put 2 1/2 cups confectioner sugar.
4. Add coated cereal.




1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs
3 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup oats

1. Blend wet ingredients together.
2. Whisk dry ingredients together in a separate bowl, and then mix with wet mixture to form a ball of dough.
3. Roll out and shape as desired. Place on a non-stick cookie tray or lightly greased pan.
4. Bake twenty minutes at 400 degrees.
5.  When finished, turn off oven and allow the biscuits to cool inside oven until crisp and hard.
6. Store in an airtight container.


play Pin the tail on the Doggie!


Instead of  "Duck, Duck, Goose" play "Puppy, Puppy, Dog!"



  • A child is picked to play the part of the dog. He or she sits on a chair with an object under it (to represent the bone) with their back to the group.
  • While the dog is turned around with his or her eyes closed, someone steals the bone and hide it somewhere on his person.
  • Then everyone sings: Doggy, Doggy, where's your bone? Somebody's stole it from your home. Guess who it might be.
  • The dog has three chances to guess who took it.
    if the dog guesses right, he gets to do it again. If he guesses wrong, then the child who has the bone gets a turn as the dog


SING How Much is that Doggie in the Window?