China: Lanterns, Sticky Rice, and Chop Sticks
Do you want to know more about China? Are you a lover of travel, geography teacher, homeschooling or involved parent, student, or life-long learner? In an effort to make world geography more meaningful and memorable, I've compiled all you will need to locate China on a map, cook a Chinese meal, watch YouTube clips on China, color the flag, create a Chinese craft, read a great book about China, and more!
Have you ever been to China?
Where is China?
If you'd like to spend a bit more time researching the country, you can add the language, currency, type of government, religion, and/or famous landmarks. Write them on the back of the map. Find this information at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China.
Fun facts about China
China was the first country to invent gunpowder and fireworks and also use gun powder for guns, rockets and other arms. It also produced silk for the first time. The process of producing silk was a well-guarded secret and anyone who gave it away could risk being killed!
China is the world's most populous country. It is estimated that almost one-fifth of the world's entire population lives in China. That means one in every five people in the world is Chinese
China is one of the oldest continuous civilizations of the world. It also has the world's longest continuously used written language system.
Toilet paper was invented in China in the late 1300s. It was for emperors only.
White, rather than black, is the Chinese color for mourning and funerals.
Visiting China on YouTube
Prepare and serve Chinese Roasted Chicken, sticky rice, broccoli, watermelon slices, hot tea, and fortune cookies (purchased from the store). Don't forget the chop sticks!
(By the way, fortune cookies are not a traditional Chinese custom. They were invented in 1920 by a worker in the Key Heong Noodle Factory in San Francisco. However, they are still a fun treat to have with a Chinese meal.)
- Prep time: 10 min
- Cook time: 2 hours 50 min
- Ready in: 3 hours
- Yields: 6
Chinese Roasted Chicken
- 3 lbs. chicken pieces
- 1/3 cup dark soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon five-spice powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic (crushed)
- 1 teaspoon gingerroot (grated)
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- Marinate the chicken pieces in all the other ingredients for at least 2 hours, turning occasionally. After marinating the chicken, arrange them in a single layer in a roasting dish and cook at 325 F for 30 minutes. Turn the chicken over and cook for 25 more minutes. (This recipe came from food.com.)
- Prep time: 5 min
- Cook time: 20 min
- Ready in: 25 min
- Yields: 4-6
- 2 cups long grain white rice
- 3 cups water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Place rice in a fine-mesh strainer set over a bowl. Rinse the rice under running water, swishing with hands until water runs clear. Drain thoroughly. Bring rinsed rice, water, and salt to boil in saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, uncovered, until water level drops below the surface of the rice and small holes form, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until rice is tender and water is fully absorbed, about 15 minutes. (This recipe came from food.com.)
Make Chinese lanterns
Make Chinese lanterns by folding 4 1/4- by 5 1/2-inch pieces of colored paper in half lengthwise. Use scissors to make cuts about 1/2 inch apart along the crease, stopping about 1/4 inch from the paper's unfolded edges. If desired, roll a 3 3/4- by 5 1/2-inch piece of gold paper widthwise into a tube and tape the ends together, overlapping them by about 1/2 inch. Unfold the colored paper and glue it around the tube so that its creases jut out slightly, securing it in place with paper clips while the glue dries. Tape, staple, or glue a strip of matching colored paper across the top of the tube for a hanger. To make a garland of Chinese lanterns, slip a number of lanterns onto a length of string or yarn, taping them in place to keep them from sliding. (This activity idea came from familyfun.go.com.)
You can find more great craft ideas at crafts.kaboose.com
Read a book about China
This 72 page book is filled with gorgeous potographs and lots of information about the country itself, animals, food, money, art, families, language, government, and more. It includes a big 4-color poster in the back of the book and a clip art CD.
Good Morning China by Hu Yong Yi is a 32 page picture book that tells you what a morning in China is like. The Story of Kites: Amazing Chinese Inventions by Ying Chang Compestine is a wonderful picture book describing the history behind the development of the kite. It has traditional Chinese woodcut-style illustrations. Great Ancient China Projects You Can Build Yourself (Build It Yourself) by Lance Kramer not only provides many great hands-on projects, but it also includes lots of interesting tidbits of information. If you want to go into more depth on China, this is a great book to have! Activities include making a Chinese puppet, an abacus, a miniyurt, a compass, a paper snowflake, ice cream and a Chinese string instrument. This is a great choice if you would like to spend more time studying Chine. The Seven Chinese Brothers (Blue Ribbon Book) by Margaret Mahy is a Chinese folktale that tells of 7 brothers, who each have a special gift, and how they use their gifts to help each other. Ms. Frizzle's Adventures: Imperial China (From the Creator of the Magic School Bus) by Joanna Cole is a 40 page picture book that does a great job of covering many of the aspects of ancient Chinese history as Ms. Frizzle and some of her students go back in time to visit imperial China.
Pray for the people of China
To find out about the religious nature of China and specific ways you can pray for the country, go to operationworld.org.
Where is Beijing, the capital of China?
Other countries starting with the letter C
Would you prefer to study a different country? Try one of these.
Central African Republic
Congo (Dem. Rep.)
Ready to visit other countries?
Go to Around the World in 26 Letters to find links to all the countries we "visited." Each webpage features a menu, craft, books, video clips, worksheets, and more!