Happy Year of the Rabbit!

Happy Chinese New Year! How will you celebrate the Year of the Rabbit?

While we weren't able to whip up the traditional New Years' meal of steamed dumplings this year, we did manage to gather details about a few public Lunar New Year celebrations going on this weekend in Austin, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Antonio, and Tucson.

If you're just interested in teaching your kids more about China, our family loves Ms. Frizzle's Adventures in Imperial China, by the same author and illustrator who brought the world The Magic School Bus series.

Other good resources to learn about Chinese New Year include:
  • The British Museum offers an interactive website with educational games;
  • The History Channel narrates the long-ago legend that's behind Chinese New Year's noisy celebrations (and, later, fireworks);
  • Kaboose will show you how to make 12 different Chinese New Year-themed crafts; and
  • The Asia Society offers a unique paper cut out craft.