Pumpkins are everywhere! It seemed like just yesterday it was summer and now it’s full blown fall here in Minnesota. We jumped into our pumpkin theme this week.
Chinese Children’s Books on Pumpkin 南瓜書單
For this theme we read the following three books:
- 十四隻老鼠種南瓜 (Fourteen Mice Plant a Pumpkin) by: 岩村和朗. I love the beautiful illustration of the growing process of a pumpkin in this book. The story follows a family of mice that plants a pumpkin seed. I remember being mesmerized by the beautiful pictures from this series when I was little (yup, it’s been around THAT long haha). It’s been so fun to share this book with my daughter.
- Traditional Chinese ISBN:2222003595828
- Simplified Chinese ISBN: 9787544812399
- 南瓜的故事 (The Story of a Pumpkin) by: 張秋萍. This short but sweet story also follows the tale of a little pumpkin seed growing into a big pumpkin. We read it on our HyRead app which allows you to check out 6 books per month from Taiwan’s online library. Here’s a great post from Guavarama with instructions on how to access books like these through this app. You do need someone in Taiwan with a library card in order to use the app though.
- Traditional Chinese ISBN: 9789888420650
- Simplified Chinese ISBN: 9787215110786
- 南瓜 This short but sweet story from 親親文化 publishing company also follows the tale of a little pumpkin seed growing into a big pumpkin. We loved the realistic photos from this book. The story was easy for my daughter (3 year old) to understand. If you like books with realistic pictures like this, be sure to check out their website!
- Traditional Chinese ISBN: 9789867394729
Other recommended books on pumpkins:
- 古利和古拉種南瓜 by: 中川李枝子
- Traditional Chinese ISBN: 9789861615707
- 南瓜大變身 by: 趙在恩
- Traditional Chinese ISBN: 9789570847079
- 小愛因斯坦：南瓜園的謎團 by: 楊佩穎
- Traditional Chineses ISBN: 9789866483660
I cut apart a pumpkin and we labeled its parts
We made our own pumpkin out of a paper plate, yarn and seeds from the real pumpkin then labeled that too with the same labels.
Later on we made pumpkin cream cheese bread together out of the pumpkin we cut apart from the previous activity. I love baking and filling our house with the smell of fresh baked goodies so this was fun for me as well 🙂 This was the recipe we used if anyone wants to do the same. I doubled it in order to make two loaves instead of just one.
Chinese Characters 漢字
I created a pumpkin themed worksheet for my daughter practice and be exposed to the Chinese characters 大and 小 (big, small). This activity also helped her with fine motor skills and practice using scissors.
What About You?
What are you and your littles learning now? What activities did you try? Please tag me @spotofsunshinechinese if you do decide to do any of the above activities. Sadie and I would love to see them!
For some more fun activities, check out the following posts:
- How Chinese Became Our Daughter’s Dominate Language at Age 2
- Free Chinese Weather Wheel Printable for Toddlers
- Me and My Daughter’s Language Adventure
- Seasons & Days of the Week Calendar Printable
- Fun Chinese Learning Activities for Kids from CHALK Academy (simplified Chinese)
- Free Chinese Printables from Stickie Mail (simplified Chinese)
- Apple theme pack from Chinese4Kids (simplified Chinese)
- More fun Fall activities for kids from Mama’s Happy Hive (English)
Don’t Do It Alone!
For more support and to commiserate with likeminded parents, please join us at Christian Parents Raising Bilingual Children in English & Chinese.
Other great FaceBook groups for parents raising bilingual kids:
- Raising Bilingual Parents in Chinese & English
- Raising Bilingual/Multilingual Children
- Montessori-Inspired Kids Learning Chinese