Year of the Rabbit

On Sunday we celebrated Chinese New Year at the British Museum.

We watched a live performance of Chinese dance and music, courtesy of the Confucius Institute. We all loved it and we were very proud when Eve and Leah volunteered to go on stage and learn Chinese handkerchief dancing. I learned that all theatre performances will be experienced twice, my own view and then via glances at Eve and Leah to watch their reactions. They had never seen a Chinese dragon perform before and their reaction was a triptych of laughter, fright and wonder.

Later at home I wanted to do some Chinese inspired art. I thought about dragons and Tangram puzzles, but when you are four years old and have had a busy weekend it’s best to keep it simple. Chinese-inspired lanterns were easy for them to cut and assemble and strung across our kitchen windows they have cheered up 6am winter gloom all week.

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