Celebrating Lunar New Year, Seattle-Style

Like tourists in our own city, we put on our brightest red shirts (it’s considered lucky) and trekked to Seattle’s Chinatown/International District to join in the Lunar New Year Celebration. This holiday is generally called Chinese New Year in the United States but Lunar New Year is more appropriate since the day is a significant holiday for mutiple Asian cultures.  READ MORE

Happy Chinese New Year! (Gung Hay Fat Choy!)

China’s most important and longest festival, Chinese New Year marks the end of winter and welcomes spring with 15 days of festivities. It’s the middle of winter here in the Pacific Northwest but Chinese New Year is still the perfect opportunity to introduce our kids to the rich traditions of this ancient culture.

Books are always our favorite starting place. The best ones we’ve found so far are Lin Yi’s Lantern, My First Chinese New Year, and The Pet Dragon  READ MORE

Nurturing Curiosity

Nurturing curiosity creates a healthy appreciation of all that is unique and wonderful on this earth, for kids and adults alike. Whether it’s slowing down to admire ice crystals on sparkling winter leaves or watching an airplane leave contrails across the sky, I never want my young scientists to lose their sense of awe and wonder.

There are many ways to encourage curiosity but science experiments (a la Steve Spangler’s books) are a favorite with us these days.  READ MORE

Making Wishes

From blowing fluffy dandelion seeds in Ireland to wishing on a fallen eyelash in Mexico, cultures worldwide project their hopes and dreams into the universe with unique and wonderful wishing traditions.

Explore More:  Beautifully illustrated by Elisa Kleven (known for her award-winning Paper Princess series), playful images dance across the pages of Wish, a delightful collection of wishing traditions from around the world.