感恩節快樂 (gǎn’ēn jié kuàilè) Happy Thanksgiving!

Free Chinese “craftivity” printable alert! My kids and I had a lot of fun crafting our Thanksgiving Wreath and learning to recognize a few new Chinese characters. (I’ll take any progress on this front—even if it’s slow!) So much hands on learning can be done with crafting, but busy schedules leave us less time to enjoy it. These days I gravitate towards low prep, little clean up crafts and process art learning activities that can engage all of my kids in some way. My printables aim to provide a fundamental base for the language learning component and and inspirational springboard for the art component–so you can make these as elaborate or as simple as you’d like (or have time for). I find it difficult to find free Traditional Chinese learning resources, so I’m on a mission to create more to share. I’ll also post the Spanish and English versions soon, where you will see that we simply used our Thanksgiving icons page as a coloring sheet and that was GeGe’s Spanish Thanksgiving activity of the day.

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Top 7 Mandarin Audio Educational/Reality Netflix Series for Tweens (Netflix Rated TV-G/Y/PG)

These.shows.are.great! They are all so well produced and were thrilled to have found that they have Mandarin audio. We may or may not have already binged all of them.

#1 You vs. Wild (This one is INTERACTIVE! SO COOL.)

#2 Emily’s Wonder Lab (Highly engaging, your kids will be asking to do all the fun experiments.)

#3 The Who Was (Bizarrely addictive to watch.)

#4 Brain Child (Very interesting, but could do without some of the pre-teen social references. May want to pre-screen a couple of episodes, like Dreams and Motivation due to intensity level.)

#5 Izzy’s Koala World (Adorable.koalas.everywhere!!!! Need I say more?)

#6 J-Style Trip (Technically TV-14, but it’s pretty harmless)

#7 Flavorful Origins (Honestly a little bit boring, but the production value is top notch. Makes me want to eat the food so badly.)