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Chinese New Year Kid’s Culture Party

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Chinese New Year is celebration that goes on for fifteen days!  We celebrated by hosting a kids culture party!

Two years ago I had the pleasure of bringing a Chinese student into our home for our Chinese New Year cultural play date. This year, I didn’t have much luck! However, I went ahead and celebrated with little one, and his Spanish speaking friends.  Since I was already babysitting little one’s two Spanish speaking friends I went ahead and invited a classmate of his,  and her Mommy to join us, too.
We had lunch at our local Chinese restaurant. The kids tried new foods, and enjoyed looking at the large beautiful pictures of scenery from China.  After we had lunch we all headed to my house where we were going to have our Chinese New Year Kids Culture Party! We had story time, crafts, and, games.
A Little Mandarin. Chinese Children’s Classics played in the background as we were getting ready to learn about China, make a craft, and learn about the animal of the year.
 
We started talking about where China was located using the globe, and how far it was from our state. Then I had the older 2 kids read Happy Chinese New Year, Kai-lan! (Ni Hao, Kai-lan). We talked about the animal of the year which is the sheep/goat, and how depending on the year you were born you were an animal. The kids were laughing so hard, and enjoyed knowing which animal they were. We had rats, an ox, and a tiger. I passed out coloring pages with all of the animals and years on it.

For our craft we made a simple red lantern craft made out of craft foam with a chenille stem handle that was stapled on to it. Each child made their own.

As a parting gift, I gave each child a Chinese New Year red envelope with 4 quarters inside. Can you imagine the excitement on the children’s faces! You’d think I was giving them $100 dollars!  It is a tradition in Chinese culture to gift a red color envelope that symbolizes good luck and is supposed to ward off evil spirits.

 

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A Little Mandarin. Chinese Children’s Classics Review

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I’m excited to share with you a wonderful review on A Little Mandarin. 

A Little MandarinChinese Children’s Classics v 1.0 is an exciting Mandarin language children’s album.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the album for the purpose of reviewing it. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links if you click on the link, and if you make a purchase I will receive a small monetary compensation. Thank you!  

 Before I offer my review on it let me share with you who is behind this beautiful album: 

A Little Mandarin. Chinese Children’s Classics v 1.0 is an exciting Mandarin language children’s album.  Created by Shanghai-born NYC mom, Toni Wang, this award-winning debut release is a first-of-its-kind collection of traditional Chinese children’s songs updated with a fresh new sound and voice.  Fusing rock, pop, electro, dance, ska, and hip hop influences with playful lyrics, the album is not only an entertaining and engaging experience for the modern family but also a quintessential educational tool for every little global citizen.

Awards
· Dr.Toy Best Classic, 2013
· Parent’s Choice Silver Honor, 2013
· Creative Child CD of the Year, 2013  

Why A Little Mandarin?
• Modern “pop” sound –> Cool music that kids love! Great for sing-a-longs and movement
• Chinese Classics –> introduces traditional songs that have been part of Chinese culture for hundreds of years
• Variety of genres –> Introduces different types of musical styles
• Clear, adult vocals –> Ability to decipher words for ease of learning
• Supporting materials –> Lyrics in English, Simplified Mandarin Chinese and Pinyin (on website)
• Quality production –> Better than anything else on the market today

Where to buy:  iTunes, Amazon MP3, Google Play, and hard copies of the CD are available through our store at www.alittlemandarin.com and select retailers around the world.

Get to know us:  Check out our website where you can find information about us, downloads and the translated lyrics, www.alittlemandarin.com. Follow on Twitter and on Facebook

Play. Learn. Connect. A Little Mandarin…a lot of fun!

Now for my review! 
During the past weeks I have played the album continuously in my car. I even had my father-in-law a retired professor in music, and a pianist listen to the songs while we drove around looking at the Christmas lights in our town. I really wanted to know his opinion on the music that we were listening too, and he had nothing but praise about the album: 

“The singer has a beautiful vocal range, and the ability to sing popular children’s song in Mandarin. The music itself is cheerful, and upbeat!  This is a perfect addition to anyone’s musical library, and a must when exposing children to different languages.”  

Of course, I’ve had my child listening to it as well.  This was my 6 yr. old’s reaction:

“Mommy, I know that song!” Referring to the popular Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, and Happy Birthday songs.  For the rest of the songs, “Mommy, I really like them although I don’t understand what she’s singing.” 

Now for my personal review:

“Little Mandarin  although ‘fun, and upbeat’ like my father-in-law described it, It is also a very soothing, and calming album.  My child is a chatter-box! However, when listening to the album he’s quiet, and immersed in the music, and vocals of the singer. I would personally recommend this album to anyone wanting to expose their child to another language through music.  We are planning to celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year with a cultural play date, and I will certainly have this music playing in the background.”

You can purchase this album on Amazon by clicking on the following link:  A Little Mandarin Chinese Children’s Classics v 1.0