Set up a laptop or mini DVD player next to your small world animal play. Show the section telling the exciting story of the Chinese New Year animal swimming race , in Child’s Eye Media’s Festivals DVD Plus. (Conveyed very simply in five pictures, this section, with the narration turned down, is ideal for encouraging children to re-tell the story in their own words).
When the children have seen the section, encourage them to create their own version, drawing and cutting out any animals they do not have already. Ask how the animals can be be made to swim (e.g. with string). Ask what would make a good smooth surface for pulling the animals along the ‘river’ (e.g. a large sheet of polythene on the floor). When all is ready, the fun can begin! As we know, this story is an excellent way to help children learn about ordinal number, too. To see an excerpt from this award-winning film, go to www.childseyemedia.com