This Chinese New Year sensory tub features a pretend play set up, bound to be a hit with your little learners. While playing in the oh-so-fun sensory invitation, children get a chance to learn about Chinese culture.
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Chinese New Year Sensory Tub Supplies
Play kitchen accessories and loose parts are the theme of these economical and easy-to-gather supplies. Collected for the tub are:
- large round gold placemat
- gold coins, bead garland, and buttons
- pink pompoms
- orange counters
- fish and orange play food
- panda storage container
- stuffed rabbit ornament
- paper plates
- clear bowl and cups
- training chopsticks
- gold tongs
- artificial cherry blossom flowers
The Chinese New Year Sensory Tub
The sensory bin for this activity is a spiral saucer sled, and it works beautifully. It is big enough to hold supplies for three children to play in. An active world tray would also be a good fit.
The round gold placemat at the bottom of the bin offsets its bright red color.
Before setting in the clear bowl and cups, I added a few Chinese New Year stickers as an easy way to make them festive.
The orange counters and oranges represent orange fruits (especially mandarins), which are displayed and given as gifts during Chinese New Year. Mandarin oranges are symbolic of gold, as their name in Chinese sounds like it. They are believed to bring riches when given or received as gifts.
The cut gold garland strips are “noodles.” Long, uncut noodles symbolize a long life to Chinese people.
The play food fish stands for togetherness and plentifulness.
The cherry blossoms in the bin represent the promise of Spring and the renewal of life.
The pink pompoms coordinate with the cherry blossom touches and are soft like bunny tails.
The gold coins are reminders that children are given money in envelopes during Chinese New Year.
Since this is the “Year Of The Rabbit,” there is a stuffed rabbit ornament in the bin.
Chinese New Year, also called Lunar New Year, is a national holiday and the biggest festival of the year. Dinners with family are a big part of Chinese New Year celebrations. This dinner-themed sensory tub is the perfect way to introduce some of the cultural traditions to little learners.
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© Annette Kaminsky January 20, 2023
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