Chinese writing is in vertical columns and is read from right to left, top to bottom. In modern Chinese, there are over 4,000 characters. Research the Chinese symbols. Write your name using these symbols.


  • Research how the Chinese New Year is celebrated. Report your findings to your family.
  • Research the different dynasties that ruled in China.


  • Wang Wei was a famous Chinese poet. He wrote four-line poems that described scenes from nature. Write a four-line poem that describes a scene in nature. Then paint a picture to illustrate the poem.
  • China has some very exotic animals. Research and write a report about one of them.


About 2,000 years ago, the Chinese discovered that a magnetized needle always pointed north, allowing their sailors to navigate. Create your own compass. Fill a small bowl with water. Use a regular sewing needle and rub it along a magnet, being sure to rub all sides of the needle. Tear off a small piece of tissue paper, just slightly longer than the needle. Place the tissue paper in the water. Carefully place the magnetized needle on top. The tissue paper will soon sink, allowing the needle to float. It will automatically point north.

Kites are part of the rich history of the Chinese culture. Kites were not just toys but were even used in battle. Large kites were used to raise men up high enough to observe the enemy. Check out a book on kites from your local library. See if you can make one of your own. What things do you need to adjust in order for it to fly?


  • Check out some Chinese cookbooks from your local library. Try making a few different recipes.
  • Rice is very important in China. The word for rice in Chinese is the same word for food. It is served at almost every meal. It is considered part of the main course, not a side dish. Try having rice with each meal for one day. See what variations you can do.
  • China is also known for its tea. Have a tea party and try different types of Chinese teas such as green tea, black tea, oolong tea, chamomile, and fruit teas.

Field Trips  

Go to a local Chinese restaurant. Try to learn how to use chopsticks. 

*This article published on January 20, 2010.

Jodie Wolfe and her husband have been married for twenty years. They have been homeschooling their two sons for twelve years. Jodie likes reading, writing and leading ladies Bible studies. She also enjoys encouraging women through her blog, Digging For Pearls at

This article was originally published in the Jan/Feb '10 issue of Home School Enrichment Magazine. Now, get a FREE subscription to the HSE Digital Edition! Visit today to get immediate access to the latest edition!