January 28th 2017 is the Chinese and Vietnamese New Year! And we’ll enter the year of the rooster!

Can you hear the rooster sing? Cock-A-Doodle-Doo!!!


With my 1/4 Vietnamese blood, and being raised with part of this culture, I’ve been infusing that tradition in our family. This year, we’ll celebrate and I invite you to (re)discover this tradition on the Chinese and Vietnamese Cultures with your child too.

Below are easy ideas to play around that theme with your child:



  • Cultures

  • Where is China? Where is Vietnam? Locate on a map.
  • What is the flag? Color the flag.
  • How many people live there? What is the capital?
  • Which language do they speak? How do they write? Teach your child to say Happy New Year in both languages.
  • Write Happy New Year in Chinese 新年快樂 and Vietnamese Chúc Mừng Năm Mới.
  • What are the popular dishes? You’ll find that during the New Year Celebration, there are some specific dishes to eat for symbolic meanings (i.e. noodles for longevity, sticky rice for better bond within the family members, dumplings for wealth and luck…).
  • Head to a Chinese or Vietnamese restaurant during that period or cook with your little one a special dish (dumplings are fun and easy to do).
  • Learn more about the Chinese astrology and the 12 animals. 2016 was the year of the Monkey. This year is the year of the Rooster.
  • Learn about traditions including what children receive during that period : red envelop with money inside.


  • Arts

Time for some crafts. During this period, the red color is everywhere.

  • Color some fun pages with lots of red.
  • Craft Chinese lanterns. Look here for the details. I’ve added a musical touch with some bells around them.
  • Craft a Pellet drum: fun, cheap and easy. Your child will love drumming, plus it’s a great tool to work on motor skill when twisting the drum!
  • Listen to Asian music and pay attention to instruments and sounds. Maybe an opportunity to look for some traditional Asian instruments such as the zither.
  • Watch the famous Dragons’ and Lions’ Dances, and do some role play. Have a look at my article from last year with a link to Youtube videos.
  • Sing “Cock-A-Doodle-Doo” song for children. Several versions on Youtube.


  • Practical Life, Sensorial and Maths

Rice is one of the famous ingredient available and eaten in Asia.

  • Ideas of activities: pouring dry rice in several sizes of pots ; having a box full of dry rice and hide some items in it (small toys, animals….).
  • Cook some rice and observe the stages (from dry to some rice to eat).
  • Do some maths with dry rice : add up grain of rice for older children – for younger ones, you can add up scoops of rice; do some grouping…




Click HERE to get some highlights of the celebrations, some links to traditional Chinese and Vietnamese musics and more.


Happy New Year of The Rooster

Chúc Mừng Năm Mới


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