Happy New Year! Chinese New Year that is!

Each Chinese New Year is characterised by one of 12 animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac.  This year is the year of the monkey.

My 4 year old mindee was already enjoying lots of activities at pre-school to celebrate the Chinese New Year, they wore red for the day, they had a Chinese visitor, enjoyed Chinese food, made a large dragon as a class and lanterns too.

I decided that pre-school had this one sewn up(!) so I opted for a very simple activity of drawing monkeys to mark the year of the monkey instead! They impressively chose to draw their monkeys on blossom trees. Blossom trees are much prized in both China and Japan and linked closely with spring festivals. Chinese New Year, for example, celebrates blossom in all its forms. They completed their pictures with some bananas…