Five fingers Chinese resource is what I created this week to share with you for FREE in the spirit of Christmas. It’s also the week-two marathon giveaway that I promised in my last week’s post: FREE Christmas activities with Chinese and English for kids.
So if you haven’t download the Freebies in my last post yet, make sure you do so as Christmas is fast approaching. Also, stay tuned with my next week’s updates as it’ll be the last week for Christmas Freebie. After that, I’m going to take a couple of weeks break to be with my family and to recharge.
Now, about the Chinese resources this week, here is what you’ll find in this post:
1. Download your Five Fingers Chinese resource file or FREE.
This set of Chinese resource includes 15 pages in total. I’ll talk more in detail on how to use these pages and the six activity ideas to maximise the benefits.
2. Six activities to teach kids to speak, read, and write the five fingers, palm, fingernails, and backhand in Chinese.
Everything I share on my blog, we use at home as well. As my goal has been and always will be to teach my daughter to be fluent in Mandarin and be literate in Simplified Chinese, the resources I create always incorporate these elements to achieve my goal.
First, in the downloads, you’ll find two pages called “My Hand 我的手”. I call them the control page because it services as a reference for my daughter to learn the new Chinese words.
Five fingers sound simple in English, but it may take some time for your child to learn in Chinese. Plus, I’ve also included the palm, fingernail, and backhand in Chinese.
I recommend that you print these two pages out double-sided, laminate, and pin them on the wall in your learning area. That way, your child can look at it all the time.
Before starting any activity I’ll talk about below, please familiarise your child with all the Chinese and English names shown on the control page. If you’re not sure how to pronounce the Chinese characters, copy and paste them into Google Translate, it’ll sound out for you.
After that, you can move on to the actual activities included in this file. There’re six of them. Each one has its purpose:
Activity 1 – Connect the Chinese names to English.
The purpose of this activity is for bilingual kids to recognise and match the English to Chinese for the five fingers, palm, fingernails, and the backhand. There’re two variations in this activity: 1 A and 1B.
- 1A has Chinese Pinyin – which helps kids to pronounce the Chinese words themselves, providing your child has learned Pinyin of course.
- 1B doesn’t have Pinyin – the goal is for your child to read and connect all the English to Chinese names without the aid of Pinyin. Initially, if your child might not get some of the Chinese words, make a note, so you know what to work on next time.
Activity 2 – Cut the names and paste them on the hands.
This one is straightforward. The goal is for your child to correctly read the Chinese words for the five fingers and the palm etc. without English.
After that, your child can cut the squares/Chinese names and paste them on to the front and backhand on the paper.
Or you can do what we did, cut the hand shape off on a red paper, glue them on a green paper, then paste the Chinese names. This is to add a bit Christmas touch.
If your child knows what those Chinese words are, they should be able to paste fair quickly. Again, if your child can’t read them all initially, you(if you speak Mandarin), or Google Translate(if you don’t speak Mandarin), can help.
I’ve also created 2A (with Pinyin) and 2B (without Pinyin) for this activity.
In our case, I used the 2A first because my daughter has learned most of the Pinyin. Then, we used the 2B as well.
Activity 3 – Cut these Panda band-aids and stick them onto yours or your child’s hand as per the Chinese names.
Again, this is another way to check if your child can identify the five fingers and fingernails etc. in Chinese correctly. Your child will love this one because they get to stick band-aids on your hand and or his hand!
While sticking the band-aids, don’t forget to sound out/speaking each Chinese word, make funny noises, and have FUN with your child.
For example, you can say to your child something like sweetheart, mummy’s or daddy’s pinky (小指) hurts, can you please put a pinky (小指) band-aid on me?
Guess what? Your child will help you or at least try to look for the pinky band-aid for you.
Pretend-play is always a good idea to encourage kids to speak and learn Mandarin Chinese. I use it all the time.
Activity 4 – Write the Chinese names for each part of a hand.
Since we’ve moved on from learning Pinyin, writing Chinese has become a big part of our homeschooling routine. As I mentioned in my last post, Free Christmas activities with Chinese and English for kids, there’s no short cut when it comes to writing Chinese.
Kids must learn the correct sequence (stroke orders) of writing every Chinese character, and this takes lots of practice and time. That’s why I’ve created these writing sheets for kids to trace the Simplified Chinese writing for the following eleven words:
Once finished tracing, encourage your child to write the five fingers and palm etc. in Chinese on the Activity 4 sheet independently.
Be prepared to take time writing these words. I only ask my daughter to write two words at a time because we only have 30 minutes each morning for Chinese learning. Don’t go over too much because that might frustrate your a child. You don’t want to overload your child.
Activity 5 – Make flashcards, read the Chinese words, and keep them for future review.
Flashcard is one of my favorite ways to teach my child Chinese. If you’ve been following me for a while, you’d know I make flashcards on almost every resource I share in our community.
Why? Flashcards help me to keep track of how many words my daughter has learned. I keep all the flashcards in a special Mailbox. From time to time, I’ll take out the cards and play different Chinese word games with my daughter. It’s a great way to review and check if my child can still remember what she’s learned.
I know this because my daughter sometimes forgets the Chinese words she’s learned before. That’s why I need to have the flashcards to check now and then.
The goal is for your child to immediately recognise the Chinese words when she sees it. If your child hesitates when looking at a Chinese character on a flashcard, it means she’s hasn’t quite learned that word yet.
In Activity 5, you can make eight double-sided flashcards. The front side has Chinese words only for the five fingers etc. The backside has Chinese with Pinyin, English, and clipart.
I recommend that you always show the FRONT SIDE of these cards (i.e. Chinese only) to your child. If your child recognises these words right away, then congratulations.
If not, check the BACKSIDE of the card for a reminder and repeat the same process a few days later until your child gets it.
Activity 6 – Make a DIY wreath with your child’s little hands.
It’s craft time! Most likely, your child would want to jump to this activity if you showed it to him/her first. It’s up to you how you like to go about teaching.
For me, I presented the activity 1 – 5 above first. In and out, it took us about 8 days to complete as sometimes we did something else as well.
Why? It’s because Activity 6 involves writing the five fingers in Chinese. Here is how to make a wreath with Chinese five finger names.
Step 1. Trace the shape of your child’s two hands on a piece of green A4 paper.
Step 2. Fold the paper in half and cut the two hand shapes off, which will give you four hands for each page. Use the same way to cut more hand shapes off. I used 14 of them in total.
Step 3. Cut a piece of cardboard into a circle ring and paint it green (mine is 24cm/outer diameter).
Step 4. Write the Chinese five finger names on the hands TOGETHER WITH YOUR CHILD as it’s too much for your child to do it alone. Remember, it’s not about how neat the writing is. It’s about showing your child you’re in there together with her.
Step 5. Glue the hands on the ring and decorate the wreath with your child’s favorite ornaments. Done!
These six activities will teach your child to speak, read and write the five fingers, palm, fingernails and the backhand in Mandarin Chinese. Please don’t rush on getting through all of them. Your goal is to teach your child Chinese and have FUN along the way. You CAN do these activities even after Christmas. If your child can’t get it straight away, it’s not the end of the world. Cultivating your child’s interest in learning Chinese is always more important than knowing the actual number of Chinese words itself. Strong interest is the driving force, which goes a long way.
How’s your Chinese homeschooling doing so far? Love to hear from you as always. If my resource is helpful to your teaching, or you have come up with different ideas for using this set of resources, why not share with us in the Panda Mama Chinese Facebook community or leave your comment below. See you next week.