记事情 (Remembering Things)
Curious to know how people of the past remembered things?
From tying knots, to drawing on the walls (parietal art) using pigments from nature, illustrating on pottery, and making marks on turtle shells... Humans continuously sought better and more effective ways of recording events and things, through inventions like bamboo scrolls and paper, and more recently, computers and cameras.
As parents, we love books like these which give our children a sense of the world and time before their existence, to let them have a deeper appreciation of modern inventions and comforts.
1. If you are playing a game and need to record the points, what tools would you use?
2. What do you think people in the past in ancient China or ancient Egypt used to write?
3. Have you ever wondered what a Chinese Emperor does everyday?
Suggested Extension Activities:
1. Learn how to tie different knots
2. Watch a documentary or read a reference book about cave drawings and tribal art
3. Make a bamboo scroll craft, using broad popsicle sticks and pipe cleaners (also called chenille stems) or craft wire!
4. Get acquainted with the Four Treasures of the Study (文房四宝 wén fáng sì bǎo): Brush (笔 bǐ), Ink (墨 mò), Paper (纸 zhǐ), and Inkstone (砚 yàn).
Have some fun practising 笔画, 边旁, new Chinese characters or their Chinese name. Adults can join in the fun and write the family surname, inspiring quotes or auspicious sayings!
5. Surf the internet to look for real photos of Chinese Royalty in olden times, or watch this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o89M_QuN6zg
What other parents are saying:
- "Interesting storyline! I love this book"
- "Helps us appreciate the modes of communication we have today"
- "I am learning together with my child, how words and paper has evolved to what it is now"