Willow Pattern Art

We are really enjoying hearing about the Chinese New Year (5th February this year, Year of the Pig or Boar).

We know the story of the Willow Pattern, we have seen a willow pattern plate and we have painted our own plates.

“Two birds flying high,

a Chinese vessel sailing by,

a bridge with three men sometimes more,

a willow tree hanging over,

a Chinese temple there it stands,

built upon the river sands,

an apple tree with apples on,

a crooked fence to end my song.”

We tried picking up marshmallows with chopsticks. 

This is quite a difficult skill.  We are amazed that Chinese children eat with chopsticks all the time.

We also saw a house coat and a Chinese hat that the children in China might wear!

Here’s an interesting story about the animals from the Chinese New Year cycle:

We made some gorgeous Chinese dragons in art.  We would love to see a dragon dance!