Ancient China projects for kids

China Projects for Kids

Empress Wu
Empress Wu

If you're a teacher, parent, or day camp counselor thinking of spending a week or so on ancient China, here's some ideas other people have found useful:

Clothes: For boys, loose cotton pants in blue or black, and a matching cotton jacket – pajamas may be the easiest way to find this, or an athletic outfit with sweatpants.

For girls, a long white nightgown is a good place to start – it should reach her ankles. Over it, maybe a long embroidered robe, like a kimono, tied at the waist. More on Chinese clothes

Food: Chinese stir-fry has not changed much in the last thousand years. You’ll find recipes for that in any Chinese cookbook, or on the back of packages of Chinese food at the grocery store. Kids tend to like plenty of soy sauce on theirs. A chance to try to eat with chopsticks is always good. If you are going to take them to a Chinese restaurant, you might want to have them practice with the chopsticks ahead of time, before you go. More on Chinese food.


* Paper-making
* Discussion of foot-binding
* Making a compass
* Making Chinese coins
* Making a Chinese abacus
* Head of a terracotta warrior
* Making a Chinese paper scroll
* Making a Buddha statue
* Making a Hot Air Egg
* Making a Chinese dragon

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