Chinese New Year is a spring festival celebrating the change of the Chinese calendar. It falls between mid-January and mid-February and celebrations last for two weeks. We enjoy celebrating Chinese New Year and learning about Chinese culture each year through foods, books, videos, music, dramatic play, sensory play and art.
Our sensory bin this year featured bright red and yellow colored materials and a variety of textures. There’s so many ways to play with this bin – sorting by shapes or colors, pretending to mix and stir or cook, pouring and scooping or using tongs and chopsticks.
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Fill your bin for Chinese New Year Sensory Play
The materials listed below are in our sensory bin.
- red beads
- gold beads
- “pokey” porcupine balls
- Yellow Pom Poms
- Red Pom Poms
- chopsticks for kids
- jumbo tweezers for kids
- small bowls
- foam shapes
- wok play set
As always, children should be supervised while playing with small objects.
We used red because it symbolizes good fortune and joy in Chinese culture and it is found everywhere during the Chinese New Year and other family holidays or gatherings. Yellow/Gold is considered the most beautiful color.
I like how this sensory bin also lent itself to dramatic play opportunities.
We also have this beautiful piece of fabric for use in dramatic play or in this case as a table covering under our sensory bin.
Gung Hay Fat Choy!
More Chinese New Year ideas:
- Free Chinese New Year Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time – Living Montessori Now
- Gung Hay Fat Choy – Chinese New Year Song – Nancy Music
- Chinese New Year sensory play with spice play dough – Nurture Store