If we know that celebrating culture is a powerful and effective way to help our kids embrace our mother tongue language, HOW can we go about doing it?

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If we know that celebrating culture is a powerful and effective way to help our kids embrace our mother tongue language, HOW can we go about doing it?

文化这个东西看不到、摸不到

要怎么做

才能传承我们的中华文化呢?

Recently I learnt about the differences between tangible and intangible cultural heritage -

TANGIBLE physical items like artefacts, objects, places, building, and

INTANGIBLE things like practices, beliefs, knowledge and skills related to the culture.

In my effort to pass down a love of our Chinese language and heritage in my kids,

I’ve used these 8 ways to celebrate festivals and traditions over the years:

1. Books

Pop-up books (always a hit), explanatory books, local heritage, just on legends, or new tales

2. Food

Mooncake, dumpling, glutinous rice balls, rice dumplings, tea, pau, steamboat, Chinese soups and more! Eating, cooking, baking, ordering!

3. Art & Craft

Drawing, painting, collage and more!

4. Multimedia

Explanatory videos unpacking poems, music videos, cooking shows, introduction to festivals and more

5. Learning Activities

Calligraphy, creative writing, learning about radicals etc

6. Talk

About anything and everything!

7. Music

Folk songs, oldies, nursery rhymes, instrumentals and more - through CDs, singing, live and online performances, videos, learning lyrics, instruments

8. Outings

Museums @nationalgallerysingapore @natmuseum_sg @singaporechineseculturalcentre, wildlife parks @wrs.ig eg zoo and river safari, heritage districts eg Chinatown @chinatownsingapore

Do you have any others to add to the list?

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