Nurs­ery cel­e­brates Chi­nese New Year

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

CHI­NESE New Year ar­rived with a roar at Bright Hori­zons Tyther­ing­ton Day Nurs­ery and Pre-School.

Chil­dren at the school, for­merly called Kids Un­lim­ited, joined coun­tries with Chi­nese com­mu­ni­ties across the globe in mark­ing the oc­ca­sion.

Get­ting to work with car­tons, boxes and bright, sparkly, vividly coloured pa­per, they worked to­gether to cre­ate a fierce Chi­nese dragon.

They then wore the dragon over their heads, as is done in the coun­try’s tra­di­tional New Year dragon dance.

They also learned about the cur­rent Year of the Mon­key, as staff ex­plained the story of the Chi­nese zodiac and how the mon­key is the ninth of the zodiac’s twelve an­i­mals.

Af­ter lis­ten­ing to the story, the chil­dren all took part in a pa­rade across the gar­den to wel­come in the year of the an­i­mal, which will not oc­cur again un­til 2028.

They then took part in other Chi­nese themed ac­tiv­i­ties, from mak­ing de­li­cious dumplings to aban­don­ing their knives and forks and try­ing their hand at eat­ing noo­dles with chop­sticks.

Nurs­ery man­ager, Lor­raine Roberts ex­plained the im­por­tance of cel­e­brat­ing fes­ti­vals from dif­fer­ent parts of the world as well as from this coun­try.

She said: “The chil­dren in our nurs­ery love learn­ing about new coun­tries and cul­tures.

“Ac­tiv­i­ties like this en­cour­age them to build on the nat­u­ral in­ter­est and cu­rios­ity they all have in the wider world around them.”

●● Chil­dren at Bright Hori­zons Tyther­ing­ton Day Nurs­ery and Pre-School with their Chi­nese dragon

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