This year I wanted something different. So, I'm trawling the internet for some ideas as usual. And I've discovered some really good story resources...
1. Twinkl - have a look here.
2. Teacher's Pet - have a displays website (free) and an activities website (subscription). Here's the link to the displays one.
3. Sparklebox - also have some good stuff for Chinese New Year that could be useful for a role play area. Have a look here.
The Chinese New Year Story
The Chinese New Year story is about 13 animals who gather on the riverbank with the Emperor. His challenge is a race - whoever wins gets a year named after them. So the winner got the first year named after them, then the second place animal got the second year named after them and so on. The cat did not have a year named after him because he came in last! A lovely story for story-telling without a book, maybe using a piece of blue cloth as the river and some animals from your animal collection! The animals were in order:
and the cat came in last because he was getting a lift on the back of the ox but the ox wanted to win so chucked him off!! Nice.
Maybe accompany your story telling with some noodles, mini corn on the cob, mangetout peas and a fortune cookie for lunch!
For more see my pinterest boards here.
and the Facebook group here.