DIY Dance Lion for Lunar New Year 自製舞獅

Updated: Mar 4

I love watching lion dance during Lunar New Year. Last year, my daughter and I made dance lion hand puppets to do our own lion dance. This year, she is old enough to do a more exciting craft project with me! 我喜歡在農曆新年看舞獅!去年,我和女兒製作了舞獅手偶,今年她大了一點,可以和我做一個更好玩的手工玩意!

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Books 書籍

For every craft we make, we start with reading some books. Here are a few good Lunar New Year books that talk about dance lions: 每次做手工前,我們都會看相關的書。下面是有提及舞獅的好書:

With photographs and easy wordings, Celebrating the Chinese New Year by Barbara Linde (2020) is suitable for young readers. It talks about all basic things you need to know about Lunar New Year. 《Celebrating the Chinese New Year》(2020) 使用照片和簡單的文字,適合小讀者。它包含所有農曆新年基本要知道的事。

Celebrating Holidays: Chinese New Year by Rachel Grack (2017) is simple and clear. They use illustrative photographs and teach the Chinese Zodiac and how to make red packets. It also talks about all basic things you need to know about Lunar New Year. 《Celebrating Holidays: Chinese New Year》(2017) 簡單清晰,照片和文字配合很好,還有說明十二生肖和教小朋友製作紅包。它包含所有農曆新年基本要知道的事。

My daughter just loved Grace Lin's Bringing In the New Year (2013) when we first read it to her. She was two then. She liked the bright and colorful pictures and the long dragon pages. 我們第一次和女兒看《Bringing In the New Year》(2013),她就愛上這本書了。那時候,她是兩歲。她喜愛這本書色彩繽紛、鮮豔奪目,還有那長長的舞龍!

Chelsea in Chelsea's Chinese New Year by Lisa Bullard (2012) celebrates Lunar New Year in the United States. It feels warm learning about the festival through Chelsea's experience. The book even touches on how the festival was brought to California, where we are living. 《Chelsea's Chinese New Year》(2012)中的Chelsea在美國過農曆新年。透過Chelsea的經歷感受新年,令人感到溫暖。書中略略提到農曆新年是怎樣傳到加州的(我們住在加州啊)。

Videos 影片

Since lion dance is a dance, I have shown my daughter videos so that she knows how these lions dance and what the music is like. My daughter said the music was too loud last year, but she likes it this year. I love lion dance music! 由於舞獅是一種舞蹈,我們看了一些影片以了解舞獅的舞蹈和音樂是怎麼樣的。去年女兒說音樂太吵,今年她就喜歡上了。我喜歡舞獅音樂!

There are two main kinds of Chinese dance lions. The ones we watch are from the south—the Southern Lion (南獅). 中國舞獅大概分兩種,我們家看的是南獅。