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8 Exciting Activities To Bond With Your Child And Learn About Chinese Culture

These fun and educational activities to bond with your child will also get you engrossed in the wisdom of traditional Chinese culture.
8 Fun Activities to Bond with Your Child While Learning About Chinese Culture

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Here are some exciting and educational activities to bond with your child while learning about traditional Chinese culture. Chinese culture is deeply based on traditions, morals, and the importance of family. Discovering it together will not only expand your child’s horizons but also strengthen your relationship.

1. Storytelling

Storytelling has many benefits to offer children alone and families as a unit. Research has shown that storytelling can increase oxytocin (a happy hormone) and positive emotions while decreasing cortisol (the stress hormone) and pain. Storytelling also strengthens the bond between a child and the person telling the stories.

Traditionally, Chinese parents teach their younger children about good values, manners, morals, and ethics through the art of storytelling. The stories told to teach these values are typically referred to as fables. There are tons of books of fables that have beautiful stories and introduce some fantastic values to children at the same time.

You don’t have to just sit with your little one in your lap and read (although this is undoubtedly a great bonding activity, as well). If you are looking to go all out with your storytelling activity, you can act out the story with your family. You may even decide to get crafty and create costumes and props as a family. Stories are some of the greatest portals one has to learn about Traditional Chinese culture and history.

Here’s a list of our favourite Chinese storybooks:

  1. Treasured Tales of China: Volume 1
  2. Treasured Tales of China: Volume 2
  3. Treasured Tales of China: Volume 3
  4. People Who Shaped China: Stories from the history of the Middle Kingdom

2. A Gratitude Chain

Gratefulness is one of the amazing virtues that is ingrained in Chinese culture. Many beliefs in Chinese culture are based around the virtue of gratitude, whether that be simplicity, kindness, filial piety, or the many other beautiful aspects of the culture.

The Gratitude Chain is something you can do with your entire family, strengthening your bond and embracing the virtue of gratefulness that is so important in Chinese culture. To do this activity, you only need four things: construction paper, a pen or marker, scissors, tape or a stapler.

After gathering your supplies:

  1. Cut your construction paper into slips.
  2. Once this is done, decide on a time to sit down as a family every night and discuss the things you are grateful for.
  3. Write them on the slip and tape the ends together to form a circle. As you create new slips every day, you can tape them to the first circle to create a chain by simply assembling the new loop through the old one.

This is a great bonding and learning activity that reminds the entire family of the Chinese virtue of gratitude.

3. Developing Calligraphy Skills Together

Calligraphy is a deeply rooted art form in Chinese culture. As a matter of fact, it has been appreciated as one of the most supreme forms of art. Calligraphy is a fantastic way one can express themselves as they write down the words in their heart in beautiful scripture that says just as much as the words themselves. 

There are many calligraphy resources online, in books, and in videos. You can sit down as a family and learn about the art form together, practising each stroke and skill it takes to create a beautiful piece of calligraphy. 

And if you’re looking for an awesome summer camp experience for you child that includes Chinese calligraphy lessons—as wells as classical Chinese dance, drama, arts and crafts, Chinese lessons and more—check out our summer camp programme.

4. Learning Mandarin as a Family

What better way to learn about a new culture than learning the language that holds it together? Mandarin is the official language of China and is the most widely spoken language in the entire world. If you don’t know where to get started, we offer a free 2-hour language course for kids to begin learning Mandarin Chinese!

5. Develop a New Family Ritual

Rituals play a massive part in Chinese culture and can help you develop a deeper bond as a family unit. Ancient traditions and rituals surround many pieces of life in Chinese culture. To embrace this piece of Chinese culture and better understand it, create a ritual to perform as a family. You and your family can research traditional Chinese rituals. Create this ritual with a goal that best fits your family’s lifestyle so you can continue practising it every day.

6. Practising and Learning About Martial Arts Together

Chinese martial arts are so much more than awesome kicks and amazing moves. Rather, they are deeply rooted in Chinese culture, full of traditions, rituals, and ethics that have been passed down for generations and generations.

Chinese martial arts are a compilation of fighting styles and techniques with a lengthy history in China. You can choose from a wide variety of styles, each having something to teach you and your family. Learn this new skill and the philosophy behind it, and you will find yourself deeply immersed in the beauty of Chinese culture.

7. Volunteer as a Family

Confucianism plays a huge part in Chinese culture. One of the principal virtues in the belief system is that one should be kind. To embrace the virtue of kindness, find a chance to volunteer your time to help those in need.

Volunteering is a great way to bond as a family, find gratitude for the blessings in your own life, learn the stories of other people, and practice spreading kindness to those who need it.

8. Learn About Your Family’s Ancestors and Elders Together

Family is deeply important in Chinese culture. A huge piece of the family is the generations who have come before your own and impacted the life you and your family are living today. Take a day to learn about your family’s history. Listen to the beautiful stories your grandparents have to share, explore the family heirlooms left behind by family members who have passed, and take a moment to truly honour your family members who have come before you. Without them, you wouldn’t even be here.

Chinese culture is a beautiful culture deeply rooted in tradition, morals, and values. Taking a moment to appreciate the culture and bond with your family through these fun activities will leave you with new knowledge and a deeper connection than ever before.

De Yin School is a top children’s school for learning Chinese in the UK. Our story-based teaching style and charming, high-quality teachers help children master Mandarin Chinese while instilling traditional virtues to foster resilience, creativity, and leadership. Come join us for a free, 2-hour lesson with your child. Click below to book a timeslot now.

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