The Year of the Rooster is coming. Mama Angelyn decides it’s time to bring a little clucking here and a little cheeping to a CNY party!
Cock-A-Doodle-Doo! Lunar New Year is just around the corner. To celebrate the arrival of the year of the Rooster, I decided to throw a ‘chicks, hens and roosters’ theme party for my two kiddos. We planned the party together and narrowed down some games we thought they would love. We also made some simple snacks and crafts inspired by furry chicks.
The menu featured boiled eggs placed in a wired baskets filled with shredded papers. My little munchkins loved cracking the eggs and peeling the shells, mama! Let kiddos take their time to slowly enjoy their food. Next up is the cute chicks sandwich, which is actually just a simple cheese sandwich with a bit of a CNY makeover.
I also prepared chicken burgers for them with some vegetables and fries on the side. After chowing down, we had some fun making crafts and playing games outdoors. We just love the chicken clucking, the rooster crowing and the chicks cheeping today!
Have a prosperous and happy lunar new year mamas! –Angelyn Yii
What you need: Bread, sandwich cheese, cheddar cheese, sesame seeds and goji berries.
Instructions: Cut bread and cheese into a round shape using a cookie cutter. Place cheese on top of the bread. Put sesame seeds as the eyes, goji berry as the comb, and cheddar cheese as the beak and feet.
What you need: Mini buns, lettuce, chicken, corns, carrot and seaweed.
Instructions: Cut mini buns into half. Place lettuce and grilled chicken in the burger. Cut seaweed for the eyes, carrot for the comb and two kernels for the beak.
What you need: Calico fabric, felts, beads and twine.
Instructions: Cut calico into triangles. Fold the top and sew a line of stitches for the twine to go through. Cut felts to make the combs, eyes and the beaks. Glue them on the triangles. Sew some beads at the bottom to hold the triangle down.
What you need: Paper plates, red and yellow papers, craft eyes, gold pipe cleaners.
Instructions: Cut paper plate into half. Cut the red paper to make the comb and the wattle. Cut a yellow triangle to make the beak. Stick them on the paper plate. Add a plastic craft eye. Finally glue the pipe cleaners and bend it at the bottom.
What you need: Paper, sponge, watercolour, crayons
Instructions: Dip sponge into yellow watercolour and dab on the paper to form the shape of a chick. Use orange crayon to draw the feet. Feel free to explore and be creative, kiddos!
What you need: Paper hens, shredded papers as ‘hay’, styrofoam balls as eggs, spoons and red and yellow buckets.
Instructions: Use a spoon to scoop an ‘egg’ and run with the ‘egg’ towards their respective coloured buckets. Whoever finishes transferring all the correct coloured eggs first is the winner.
What you need: Feathered shuttlecock
Instructions: Chapteh is a traditional game originating from China. It is called ‘jianzi’ in Chinese but locally is known as chapteh. The game requires the player to keep bouncing the weighted feather shuttlecock in the air with his legs for as long as possible. He will count the kicks he make until the chapteh falls to the ground before passing to the next player. The player with the most number of kicks is the winner.
What you need: Outdoor space and good weather
Instructions: Another popular Chinese game is the eagle and the chicks. It is very easy to play and requires no props. It is popular among children growing up here in Singapore and neighbouring countries, too. Get a group of kiddos together, choose one as the eagle and another one as the mother hen. The rest of the children will becomes the chicks, lining up behind their mama! The eagle will try to tag any chick while mother hen spreads her hands and tries to block him. The eagle is free to run anywhere and tag the chicks. In the chaos, the chicks might get separated from the hen. Once a chick is ‘eaten’ by the eagle, he will become the eagle and the game continues. Expect lots of laughter and screaming, mama!
Chapteh image sourced via Harmony Truck. Eagle and The Chicks image sourced via et97. All other images courtesy of the author.