We have a two roosters, an ox, a snake and a rat in our family. Some of you may think... do you guys live on an animal reserve? A nice little farm perhaps? Nope! These are the animals zodiac signs of all the members of my family based on the Chinese lunar calendar.
Originating from China, the Chinese zodiac and variations of it remain very popular in East Asian and South East Asian countries. If you take a walk down to Chinatown across the world during the lunar new year, you'll almost definitely see all sorts of posters and decorations adorned with the different animals of the Chinese zodiac.
This fun printable worksheet set is a fun way to introduce this ancient cultural practice which spans back at least 2000 years.
Printable & Activity Objectives
Age: 6 to 9 year olds, Activity Time: 1-2 hours, Items Needed: Writing pencils
In this activity, your child will learn about the living ancient practice of the Chinese zodiac and its origins. They also will spend time identifying which zodiac animals do their family members and friends belong to.
It will help your child or student:
Learn to appreciate the cultural significance and symbolic importance of the Chinese zodiac to key communities in East Asian and South East Asian countries.
Practice how to do a basic small sample sized survey.
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How to Get Started
Simple steps to start:
Research and find out more about the Chinese Zodiac. Here's a very good and clear video with some tips for understanding the Chinese zodiac and how it's believed to "influence your personality, career, marriage prospects and how you'll do in a given year":
Here's an interesting animated video detailing what the Chinese Zodiac is and the mythical story of how the animal signs were selected:
Start working on the printable survey!
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This printable pack consists of 1 printable Chinese Zodiac Animal Survey worksheet and 1 calendar reference chart with some basic information about the Chinese Zodiac.
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