Teaching My Son's Class Chinese New Year & McDonalds #YearoftheGoat #CNY15

Each February my son and I get ready to enjoy celebrating Chinese New Year with our diverse community of Asian friends. This year we decided to share activities who those who didn't know much about Asian culture and *gasp* Chinese New Year. Which meant my son's first grade class.

Teaching My Son's Class Chinese New Year and McDonald's Year of the Goat

Note: I received a McDonald's package for Chinese New Year but was not required to blog about it. No other compensation was received. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

To help my son's 1st grade class get ready for Chinese New Year, I thought it would be fun to decorate the class room with Chinese New Year elements. A big part of getting ready is decorating to attract good luck, health and money in the New Year.

Chinese New Year 2015 and McDonald's Year of the Goat

As it happens, a few weeks earlier the McDonald's Tri-State team sent a package to help us get ready to celebrate the Year of the Goat 2015. Our package included a few of their 2015 Lunar Calendars, which I thought would be perfect to hang in my son's class room.

Chinese New Year 2015 and McDonald's Year of the Ram

But I also needed a few other things to share with the kids. So I visited our NYC Chinatown to pick up a few more items. While there I found some stuff for my son's class including.....

Red Streamers - Red is considered the luckiest color in China, and it is widely used during festivals and important events like wedding.


Chinese New Year 2015 and McDonald's Year of the Ram

Lanterns - I chose mini lanterns to hang around the class room. The lanterns themselves are used to ward off bad spirits (or intentions).

Chinese New Year 2015 and McDonald's Year of the Ram

Money Envelopes - I found these adorable envelopes used to give gifts of money for the new year to kids. I could have gotten red but I thought the purple was better for the class of kids. Plus it has an adorable goat design on the front.

Inside each envelope we put in a McDonald's coupon for a free happy meal. There's a specific reason why and I'll tell you more about this in a bit.

Chinese New Year 2015 and McDonald's Year of the Ram

And the grand decoration item The Dancing Dragon - I found this dragon that had an attachment you could hold and make him (or her) "dance". The Chinese Dragon is a symbol of power, strength, and good luck. The dragon dance is often performed during Chinese New Year, therefore the longer the dragon dances, the more luck it will bring to the community.

Chinese New Year 2015 and McDonald's Year of the Ram

Now back to why I gave my son's class a free happy meal coupon in each envelope. During Chinese New Year giving gifts is part of the celebration. Good gifts include fruits like oranges and tangerines because of their color. In Chinese culture the color orange symbolizes wealth and good fortune.

Chinese New Year 2015 and McDonald's Year of the Ram

Have you noticed that McDonald’s Happy Meals currently includes Cuties as the latest fresh fruit choice?

While those golden cuties (fresh fruit option) are at McDonald's for a limited time (December to March which is peak season for the fruit), they're perfect for the kids to enjoy while celebrating Chinese New Year over the winter school break.

Chinese New Year 2015 and McDonald's Year of the Ram

Clementine is a popular fruit among children of all ages and during lunar new year celebrations as traditional symbols of abundance and good fortune.

You see what I did there : ) I gave the kids both a healthy snack and a Chinese culture connection!

My son's teachers were so excited when I dropped of the items. They really appreciated my interest in sharing about a different culture with the class.

As a parent of a half Asian child (Korean not Chinese) I was really touched that my son's teachers were open to this idea.

From my family, my son's first grade class and the McDonald's Tri-State team, we wish you a Happy Year of the Goat.

To learn more about McDonald's initiatives in the Asian community, visit www.myinspirasian.com


Chinese New Year 2015 and McDonald's Year of the Ram


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52 comments:

  1. This looks like it was a great way to teach kids about Chinese New Year. I love when children learn these multicultural lessons.

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  2. My boys LOVE that they have Cuties in Happy Meals now and as a mom who wants her boys to eat healthier, I do, too :)

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  3. Oh man... I love those little Cuties. They are kind of like my treat during the day since I can't eat cane sugar. I had no idea McDonalds had these.

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  4. I think it's great that happy meals are coming with fruit now too. Much healthier choice than french fries.

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  5. Your son is so cute! That happy meal looks like a great healthy option for kids, thanks for sharing :)

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  6. I hope the cuties come here to our McDonald's! How fun. So great to be teaching about Chinese new year. My 5 yo is learning all about it too!

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  7. We are Cuties addicts here, well, they're called Halos where I live but its the same thing. Looks like you are having a good time.

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  8. I love the mini lanterns! The happy meal with clementine is so cool. I didn't know that giving fruit was good.

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  9. What some great ways to learn about Chinese New Year. I had no idea about the gifting side and what a fun twist with the way you did it for your sons class.

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  10. I am thrilled that McDonalds is now serving Cuties in their Happy Meals. What a healthy option.

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  11. This is awesome! What a fun way to teach kids about the Chinese New Year!

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  12. You seem to be having a dun time Chinese New year celebrations! That is great

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  13. This is a wonderful way to introduce children to other cultures! I love that McDonald's now has Cuties. They are a favorite snack with my kids!

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  14. I didn't realize money envelopes and other celebration accessories were red for fortune! Cool!

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  15. I never knew most of this stuff! Great way to learn about another culture.

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  16. Great way to teach kids about this.I love the dancing dragon.

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  17. Its nice to see McDonalds including real whole food inside a happy meal instead of just processed food like in the days when my child was little. Good for them.

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  18. I learned that decorating is a large part of the prep process
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  19. I learned my son and I are both the year of the Dragon (Laura DeLuca)

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  20. This is a great way to teach kids about other cultures!

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  21. I learned that this is the year of the Goat/and Sheep and that red envelopes are given with gifts of money or good things to come, and I like your purple with goat on it envelops, I also learned that red is used a lot in marriages as it the luckiest color and I learned that it is fun to learn about other countries and their traditions, I am from the year of the Rat. ANd I bought some more Halos and shared these with my family, they make wonderful snacks.

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  22. Clementine is a popular fruit among children of all ages and during lunar new year celebrations as traditional symbols of abundance and good fortune.

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  23. Learned---The lanterns themselves are used to ward off bad spirits and--During Chinese New Year giving gifts is part of the celebration. Good gifts include fruits like oranges and tangerines because of their color. In Chinese culture the color orange symbolizes wealth and good fortune.

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  24. I love how McDonald's is starting to spread the multicultural love. This amazing

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  25. I learned that red is a lucky color in China, I didn't know that and also that the Dragon is a symbol of power and luck.
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  26. I did not know that red was considered the luckiest color. This is great to know.

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  27. I will tell them that the Chinese dragon is a symbol of power, strength and good luck.

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  28. I learned that orange symbolizes abundance and good fortune.

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  29. I have never celebrated Chinese New Year but I am fascinated by all the interesting things that I am learning.

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  30. I learned that a big part of this is the decorating and that it help bring good luck. This is a fun way to get kids involved and what kid doesn't love to help decorate.

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  31. My daughter's school actually celebrated the Chinese New Year. I love the idea of colors and symbolism. Patricia

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  32. I learned that red is a lucky color and used a lot during weddings and celebrations.

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  33. I learned that clementines are a sign of good fortune.

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  34. those lanterns are amazingly cute! what a great educational experience! Amber N

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  35. I love the dancing dragon! That's so cute. I also really like those lanterns.

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  36. I learned that this is The Year of the Goat.

    Nancy
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  37. You did a great job of sharing a new cultural celebration with your son’s class! I love that calendar. I wonder if I can find one in the DC area... maybe in Chinatown? ;)

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  38. As silly as this may sound I did not know that they consider red lucky and that explains why so much is in red!

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  39. I learned that the lanterns are to ward off bad spirits. I love teaching my kids about other cultures.

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  40. learned that the Chinese Dragons are a symbol of power and strength
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  41. I learned that orange symbolizes wealth and good fortune in the Chinese culture.

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  42. Your son looks pretty cute & excited with the celebration. The idea of decorating the class room with Chinese New Year elements is good as it helps people learn more about the past traditions as well. Cuties are our favorites too & it is great McDonalds serves it in Happy Meals as well.

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  43. Cuties seem to be all the rage lately. They just started carrying them in my local store a few months ago. I think its great that McD offers a healthier option for their snacks and happy meals.

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  44. We learned that it was the year of the goat and my kids wanted to know what other animals were used in the Chinese calendars.
    Sadie B.

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  45. I learned a lot but I didn't know that the longer the dragon dances, the more luck it will bring to the community. There are so many neat traditions.

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  46. https://instagram.com/p/zOixgQCqfL/?modal=true link to my comment on Instagram

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  47. I had no idea the Chinese Dragon is a symbol of power, strength, and good luck.

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  48. I learned that the dragon dance is often performed during Chinese New Year!

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  49. Had no idea that it is better if a dragon dances longer

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  50. I like that you taught about Chinese New Year.

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  51. I learned that red is considered the luckiest color in China & that decorating is a big part of getting ready for the Chinese New Year as it attracts good luck, health & money in the new year!

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  52. I learned that orange stands for good fortune. jj250@aol.com

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