Chinese New Year 2011: Year of the Rabbit teaching resources

By Rachel Hayward | 17 December 2010
Website screenshot from the Museum of East Asian Art Chinese Zodiac interactive showing a cartoon style picture of a rabbit and a horse
© Museum of East Asian Art
February 3 begins the Chinese New Year 2011 and we've got some lovely teaching ideas and resources from the UK's museums for you.

First up we recommend our kids' site Show Me which has a pupil-friendly Chinese New Year 2011: Year of the Rabbit feature.

Make and do classroom activities

Make a Chinese paper lantern.

Make a Chinese Dragon puppet.

Online activities

Pupils can check out their Chinese zodiac animal sign and see what personality they are in a sweet interactive from the Museum of East Asian Art perfect for the interactive whiteboard as a classroom starter or an assembly fun activity.

WebQuest activity: Make a lucky Chinese money paper envelope with the British Museum's KS2 Chinese New Year WebQuest.

A tiger rather than a rabbit in this Tate Animal Magic KS3 WebQuest on poet William Blake and his poem The Tyger but pupils then write their own animal poem - so this could fit literacy work as part of Chinese New Year.

Another useful literacy idea from National Museums Liverpool is their Nigerian Yoruba folk tale, How The Tortoise Beat the Rabbit project, including an animation by Liverpool primary pupils.

Finally, we love this film by Tate Channel showing Jeff Koons' 53 foot silver balloon Rabbit going up in Covent Garden to publicise Tate's 2009 Pop Life exhibition. Another handy assembly opener to quieten down the kids...

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