Thanksgiving is just around the corner so I came up with 5 fun activities for my daughter (3YO) and my student (6YO) to celebrate this holiday in Chinese!
Since Thanksgiving isn’t a holiday celebrated in Mandarin speaking countries, finding children’s books on the holiday was a bit challenging.
After scouring the internet, here are eight I found!
Click on the image below for information on these books.
Thanksgiving Tree 感恩樹
For Thanksgiving, I really wanted an activity that can help our family be intentional in cultivating thankfulness. In our social media day and age, it’s so easy to fall into the pit of comparison and discontentedness. That’s why I made a Thanksgiving tree 感恩樹 (gǎn’ēn shù) to celebrate and pay attention to all that we’ve been blessed with.
The simple act of recounting the good that’s taking place in our daily lives can alter our perspective to focus on what God is doing in our lives. Since we’re Christians, this is important for our family.
I made the tree branches out of two paper grocery bags and gave it some texture with a brown marker.
I then hot glued yarn over the Chinese characters 感恩樹 (gǎn’ēn shù) on the tree trunk to help the words stick out. (tip: use low heat glue gun to prevent burns)
Then I cut out leaves from construction paper to have on hand. I would ask my daughter and the girl I tutor “你想要為什麼獻上感謝？“ （ㄋㄧˇ ㄒㄧㄤˇ ㄧㄠˋ ㄨㄟˊ ㄕˊ ㄇㄜ˙ ㄒㄧㄢˋ ㄕㄤˋ ㄍㄢˇ ㄒㄧㄝˋ/ nǐ xiǎng yào wèi shé me xiàn shàng gǎn xiè/what would you like to give thanks for?) then write the Chinese words on each leaf and have them stick it onto the tree.
I also added some leaves I pressed and Psalm 100:4 to help us remember the importance of giving thanks.
It’s really sweet to see the simple things she gives thanks for.
Thankful for You 感謝有你
I wanted to give the girls an opportunity to give thanks to others as well as a way for them participate in being thankful of the people God has placed around us.
I created these cute gift tags to attach to cookies we baked. Then I invited them to give it to three people they wanted to thank.
I love giving my daughter opportunities to experience the importance of blessing and encouraging others with our words and gifts. This is something we want to cultivate in our family.
This printable is also included in my Thanksgiving pack.
Thanksgiving Turkey Color Activity 火雞顏色
I created a printable for the girls to color, cut and glue together to form a Turkey. They love coloring so this was a fun hands-on way for them to continue learning the Chinese characters for colors and use their fine motor skills.
Thanksgiving Chinese Characters 漢字:
For our Thanksgiving theme, we focused on learning 心 (ㄒㄧㄣ/xīn/heart) 好 (ㄏㄠˇ /hǎo/good) and 不 (ㄅㄨˋ/bù/not)
For learning 心 (xīn/heart), I had them glue pink tissue paper inside the character then had them cut it then glue it onto a big paper heart.
I also created another printable for them to do “Chinese calligraphy” by giving them pink paint (my daughter’s favorite color) and paint brushes to “write” the character.
I also found heart stickers at the dollar store that were perfect for sticking on the inside of the character.
For learning 好 (hǎo/good) and 不 (bù/not), I invited the girls to stick corresponding thumbs up/down stickers I found at the dollar store onto the inside of the character. You can also use smiley and frown stickers for this learning activity as well. The 6 year old I tutor had an easier time pointing the thumbs up and down than my 3 year old.
I also created a Chinese calligraphy worksheet for them to paint as well.
Kids love cutting, gluing and sticking stickers on stuff so this was a fun hands on way to learn Chinese characters.
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Happy Thanksgiving 感恩節快樂！
What About You?
How are you celebrating Thanksgiving with your kids?
Please tag me @spotofsunshinechinese if you do decide to do any of the above activities. We would love to see your masterpieces!
More Fun Fall/Thanksgiving Chinese Activities
- Chinese Thanksgiving Books for Kids: 感恩節書單
- Fall Chinese Character Sun Catcher Free Printable：秋天透光窗飾
- Pumpkin Theme Chinese Activities for Kids: 兒童南瓜主題活動
- Fall Theme Activities: 秋天主題活動
- 7 Easy Chinese Thanksgiving Activities You Can Do With Your Kids Today! from CHALK Academy
- 10 Thanksgiving YouTube Videos for Kids in Mandarin Chinese! from CHALK Academy
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