Chinese New Year comes early this year! Since our twins' birthdays fall in late January, I thought it would be fun to make Chinese New Year-themed goodie bags to send in for their classrooms. I had a few ideas, but thought that I might have trouble finding enough items to fill our goodie bags. I had no idea that Oriental Trading Company's Chinese New Year party supplies & decorations section would have so many classroom-friendly goodie bag options.
One of the ideas I had was to create a fun game the students could play during indoor recess. Looking through the items on Oriental Trading sparked an idea to make a game using chopsticks. It's super-easy to make. Here's what you'll need . . .
Chopstick Race Game
Mini Lucky Money Goody Bags
Decorated Wood Chopsticks
Mini Insect Erasers
Chopstick Race Printable (Below)
The object of the game is to pick up the various insects up with the chopsticks and move them one at a time to the jar. These cute little insect erasers from Oriental Trading Company were the perfect size to use for this game. The students can race against each other or try to beat their own best time. It's a fun way to master the art of using chopsticks.
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I found lots of fun things to include in these Chinese New Year goodie bags, but it occurred to me that some of them may seem random to the children. This led to my making a basic label to attach to the outside of each bag. If you're making a goodie bag like ours, then you can print these labels below. Now the children will understand which items were included in the bag because they're considered symbols of good luck.
What's in our Chinese New Year goodie bags?
- (1) Chopstick Race Game
- (1) Laminated Jumbo Chinese Zodiac Bookmark
- (2) Chinese Zodiac Pencils
- (1) Fortune Cookie Eraser
- (3) Colorful Goldfish
- (3) Chinese New Year Goldtone Coins
- (1) Chinese New Year Sticker
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