Sunday, February 10, 2013

After School Link Up, Chinese New Year Tea Ceremony

Welcome to the After School Link Up
We had a semi "Chinese Tea Ceremony" to celebrate the Chinese New Year today. I'm sure it was far from the traditional tea ceremony, but it was a fun way to learn a little about the Chinese culture and some history of tea. My kids love hot tea and they really enjoyed our ceremony.  I found this site to be a helpful resource.

Chinese tea service for kids

I set the table with some dried apricots, tangelos, our teapot and teacups, chopsticks, lucky money envelopes, and some books picture books.  I picked a loose leaf decaffeinated green tea with mint and lemon for us to try.  First, we passed the bag of tea around to look at it and smell it.  Then I heated the water and the kids helped me scoop the tea into the basket.  Everyone loved it except Little J.  He likes the taste of sweeter herbal teas.

Chinese New Year with Kids

We read some of our books as we enjoyed our tea.

Here is our book list:
Round is a Mooncake by Roseanne Thong
Red is a Dragon by Roseanne Thong
Gai See What You Can See in Chinatown by Roseanne Thong
Guide to China, Highlights Top Secret Adventures
Amazing Snakes and Reptiles, Sandy Creek Publishing

You can see what we did last year for Chinese New Year here and our 2011 celebration here.

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3 comments :

letters numbers and books oh my said...

Fun! I'm linking up next time around! :)

Raising a Happy Child said...

Ooh, lovely. You are so well organized!

yogamama said...

I would have loved this sort of a tea party when I was a kid. My two year old is almost ready for an activity like this. I would love for you to link up activities like this that teach children about other languages and cultures at my weekly link up "Say it Two Ways Thursdays". Link up at http://toddlefast.blogspot.com/search/label/Say It Two Ways Thursdays.