Pete Saves Christmas is what I picked to translate and share with you this week. In my previous two posts: how to teach kids five fingers + hand in Chinese and FREE Christmas activities with Chinese and English for kids, I’ve promised that I’ll give your one more Christmas gift.

Here it is, the WEEK 3 GIVEAWAY time! It’s also the last blog post from me in 2020.

Pete Saves Christmas is the 3rd Pete the Cat book I’ve translated and shared in our community for FREE followed by Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons and Pete the Cat I Love my White Shoes.

The response to my Chinese resources created around the Pete the Cat books have been overwhelming. I kept Pete Saves Christmas until now because, well, it’s nearly Christmas! What’s better than finishing off this roller-coaster year than snuggling and reading a Christmas book with your little one?

Ok, without further ado, here is what you’ll find in this post:

1. Download your FREE Chinese resources inspired by Pete Saves Christmas.

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This set of resources include 11 pages:

  • Chinese translation of the Pete Saves Christmas with Pinyin ( 6 pages)
  • Eight double-sided flashcards ( 2 pages)
  • Spinning wheel templates ( 3 pages).

IMPORTANT NOTE: I’m not the author, illustrator, or publisher of this storybook. Therefore, I DO NOT own the copyright of this book. All the Chinese resources, including the translation, however, is my original work, and I translated it with the sole purpose to help bilingual children or beginners to read and learn Chinese. I’m happy to share my work with you for FREE. But please support the authors/ copyright owner and purchase an English copy from a bookstore, then download my resources here for PRIVATE USE ONLY.

2. Watch my read-aloud video and learn to read this story in Mandarin with me. 

I made this video specifically to help non-native kids or parents who are learning Chinese.

There’re three parts in this video.

  • The 1st part is me reading the story in Mandarin.
  • The 2nd part is when I show you how to pronounce the eight Chinese phrases I picked from my Chinese translation of the story Pete Saves Christmas.
  • The 3rd part is where I show you how you can play with the “Spinning Wheel”.

3. How to make a “spinning wheel”?

To make the spinning wheel, you’ll need to download the templates in 1st part of this post. Then, follow these six steps below to create a spinning wheel.

make  a spinning wheel with paper
  • Step 1 – Print the 1st template on a piece of RED paper. Print the 2nd template on GREEN paper. Print the 3rd template on WHITE ADHESIVE paper.
  • Step 2. Cut the three templates off as per the image/Step 2 above.
  • Step 3. Use the templates to draw a bigger dought, a smaller circle, and arrows on the cardboard.
  • Step 4. All your templates should look like what I showed in the image above.
  • Step 5. Glue paper templates onto the cardboard templates. 
  • Step 6. Poke a hole in the middle of all templates. Use a split pin to hold all pieces together. Here is a quick video to show you how I put the spinning wheel together:

Alternatively, if you have thicker card paper at home, you can directly print the templates on them so that you don’t need to use cardboard. Also, because it’s nearly Christmas, I used red and green paper to add a bit of Christmas touch.  But, you can use any paper colours even after Christmas.

4. How to play with the “spinning wheel”?

In terms of playing with the spinning wheel, I created this simple game for kids to match the  Simplified Chinese characters that I picked from my translation of Pete Saves Christmas to their Pinyin, and vice versa. 

The reason I recommend you print the clip art template on adhesive paper is that you can reward your child every time she/he matches the Simplified Chinese to Pinyin correctly.

Young children love stickers for some reason, and they can’t get enough of it. I’ve also demonstrated how to use the spinning wheel at the end of my read-aloud video.

All Chinese characters, Pinyin and the clip art are the same as those on the flashcards. So, your child can either play the spinning wheel separately or together with the cards.

Don’t forget, after playing with the flashcards, keep them in a designated box for future review.  I mentioned in my last post, how to teach kids FIVE FINGERS + HAND in Chinese, and a few other posts too on my blog that we keep all our flashcards in a mailbox for easy access.

In our daughter’s case, I find she forgets some of the Chinese words she’s learned before. That’s why the reviews/ reinforcing her learning from time to time is crucial.

There’s no writing involved in this set of activities because kids are all on Christmas break. Writing Chinese is probably the last thing in their minds. Let’s don’t overload them and just relax and enjoy Christmas.

 

Endnotes

 

Reading is one of the best ways to improve your child’s Chinese literacy skills. Pete Saves Christmas is the last book I’m sharing with your this year (2020). When reading a good storybook with your child, don’t just read it once and leave it forever. Think of ways to create some games and activities around the book to maximise the benefits and consolidate Chinese learning.

Finally, I want to thank you for reading my posts and use my resources. It’s been a challenging year for all of us! I hope my little gifts can bring a little bit of cheer to your family. I wish you and your family having a safe Christmas and a better new year. I’ll see you in 2021.

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