This list includes ideas for supplements for crafts in Chinese so you can provide your student with many of the same language exposure and practice that bilingual speakers are exposed to in both languages – making crafts is an important part of learning a language. Including these supplements can give your child a much more authentic and meaningful language experience. Add Songs or rhymes, Audio or video from native speakers, Conversation, Vocabulary, Reading, Writing, Games, Crafts, Self-review, Fun/ Student Choice, and Grammar.
Finally, once your child is ready, try out the Chinese Cross-Curricular Subjects and Other Fun Stuff.
CHINESE SUPPLEMENTS FOR CRAFTS
Chinese4Kids has a lot of printables and fun stuff for children learning Chinese. Probably best for elementary school.
Chalk Academy has so many fun ideas for hands-on, Montessori-style Chinese. A lot of these ideas are perfect for mimicking a bilingual environment.
The Modai Lee YouTube Channel shows how to make Chinese characters with Tangrams, plus has other simple other crafts. The Tangrams are good for beginners, but other videos get more advanced.
You can buy a pretend passport and stamp set for younger children. “Set of 24 stampers – 1 x 1.5 inches each – includes: Botswana, Spain, Cuba, Argentina, Germany, Egypt, Russia, Greece, Austrailia, Paris France, Vietnam, Mexico, Brazil, Bankok, London Air, Kobenhavn, Bahamas, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bolivia, Portugal, China, Italy. 12 passport sticker books – 4x 6 inch size- Each passport includes 6 travel pages and 16 assorted travel stamp stickers.”
Holidays are a great time to do foreign language crafts. You’re doing crafts anyway, you might as well pack a little extra foreign language practice into it. Holidays are exciting times for children and this really helps motivate them to learn the language.
Take a game you have and re-write it in the foreign language, or assemble a game that you printed from the internet.
Make fortune tellers
AKA cootie catchers – these go by a lot of names). There are lots of free printables for these, so a small child could cut and fold it as the craft. An older student could fill in all their own content, using such things as verb conjugations, sentences, and so on.
Examples of realia
Use examples of realia from other countries to print or make your own copies. Search the internet for photos, Googlemaps could be a good source.
Make posters that teach grammar or vocabulary.
Draw a picture
The student can draw a picture to go with a story they wrote, and you can mount the story and picture on construction paper. Put it on the wall and let them be proud of it.
Make a cake and use frosting to write words on it in the foreign language.
Research, plan, and shop for a recipe or complete meal that is from a country or culture that speaks the foreign language.
There are many craft ideas available on Pinterest.
Make puppets out of anything, they could later be used to put on a play or have small conversations in the foreign language.
Older students who are more advanced can make displays to show scenes from books they read.
Make an international passport (there are many free printables for this).
Coloring pages (many free printables)
Cutting and Gluing
Worksheets that involve cutting and gluing count as crafts to my kids.
Change the English words into Chinese on any craft idea you already have.
You can take many elementary-school age crafts and just change the words to the foreign language. For example, a weather craft showing the four seasons would have the season names in the foreign language. Older children could write adjectives that go with those seasons. Advanced children could write sentences that go with those seasons.