Here are some Chinese New Year ideas just for Bright Idea Subscribers. Dragon dancing, shows, and firecrackers are part of the festivities. Building upon the ideas of a dragon dance and the song “Slow Boat to China”, I developed “Of Boats and Dragons”. 

Chinese dragon in a dragon-dance

Chinese dragon in a dragon-dance (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chinese New Year is January 31, 2014. Traditionally, it is celebrated for a week with social events and entertainment.  If you are still looking for some resources for celebrating, maybe a few of these ideas will assist you.

This post provides even more details for sharing the Chinese New Year, China, or a dragon theme with music, discussion and movie resources. Suggested population indicated with “I/A” for intergenerational groups or any age group; “P” for preschoolers; and “S” for senior living settings.


Dragon Dance I/A

Make a dragon (here’s just one idea) and do your own dragon dance.

Drumming I/A

Drum to  “Yangtze Boatmen’s Chantey”.

Songs to sing

  • Puff the Magic Dragon I/A
  • Slow Boat to China – S
  • Gung Hay Fat Choy – (Found a great resource for all ages of an original Chinese New Year song) I/A
  • Row, Row, Row your boat – P


(There are no age group recommendations for movies. Use your judgement as to what is and isn’t appropriate for your group.)

Here are a few movies about China:

  • The Road Home (2001) – G
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) – PG13
  • The Joy Luck Club (1993) – R
  • Mulan (1998) – G
  • Sagwa (any in this collection by PBS) for kids
  • The Amazing Panda Adventure (1995)- PG

Dragon Movies:

  • Peteʼs Dragon (Disney) – G
  • The Reluctant Dragon (Disney) – G
  • Dragon Slayer (1981) – PG
  • How to Train Your Dragon (2010) – PG13
  • Reign of Fire (2002) – PG 


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