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Chinese New Year – drama and music

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By Judith HarriesEarly Years teacher and writer

Explore two creative activities inspired by Chinese New Year combining practical music, dance and drama ideas.

Chinese monster

Making music together

What you need:
Dusters, scourers and other cleaning tools; a selection of tuned musical instruments; a collection of metal items, hanging frame or rack, string; a selection of drums; a large space

Group sizes:
  • Pairs for ‘The hand band’
  • Small groups for ‘Spring cleaning dance’
  • Whole class for ‘Spring cleaning song’ and ‘Dragon dance’.

Areas of learning:
EAD: Exploring and using media and materials – Children sing songs and make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them.


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