Ni Hao! And welcome to our unit study on China! This week we learned all about the China, made some fun crafts, and ate some wonderful food as we learned all about China and it’s people in our Expedition Earth World Geography curriculum!


Here are some of the fun activities we did for the week:

We started off filling in our passport and putting on our flag sticker for China:


We learned:

  • Where China is on the world map & located Beijing, Huang He River and the Yangtze River

  • A song in Mandarin

  • How to say “Hello” in Mandarin

  • How to pray for the Chinese people

  • About children in China

  • Chinese Numbers

  • Studied the Great Wall of China

  • Completed a china lapbook activity

  • Completed and classified animals of China

  • Read The Story of Ping by Marjorie Flack

  • Learned new Geography terms

  • Played Chinese Checkers

  • Learned major landmarks and other fun facts about China

And here are what I managed to take pictures of ;o)

Last week we learned all of the continents and oceans. We review those each day and added in the location of China is this week as well. The Indian Ocean is my preschooler’s favorite one, so she always points to that one first.


We practiced writing the symbol for hello: 你好 (pronounced nǐ hǎo)


We worked on our China Lapbook component:

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We made handmade paper, then wrote the Mandarin Numbers on it. Click here to see the process of making the paper: Homemade Paper Craft.


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We made fun paper lanterns, click here to see how to make Paper Lanterns.


We learned about the Chinese Flag and labeled our mapping worksheet for our countries binder:


We learned about some fun animals found in China, here they are holding up their waterfall books with their favorite animal. And this week we were able to visit a zoo that had an Asian Exhibit which included all of our animals but the pandas! That was too cool! I’ll post pictures shortly as that deserves a post all of it’s own.


After learning about our animals, we learned all of the animal classes and classified each of them on our animal wall. (And yes, I do realize I have a TON of mammals in our units so I’m sure I’ll have to re-organize the wall a bit as we go.)

We made these super cute Chinese paper fans, click here to see how: Handmade Paper Fans.


We learned fun facts about the Great Wall of China then made our own miniature model of it, I’ll post more on this later, but here it is in progress. You can see more details on how to create your own Great Wall of China here.



And for family fun night, we ended our week with a field trip to one of our favorite Chinese restaurants complete with lessons on how to hold chopsticks. Oh, and of course we said “Ni Hao” to our waitress!

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Click below to see more details for each of the fun things we did during our week on China:


Click here to learn more about the Expedition Earth Geography curriculum!



  1. We have had such an amazing time studying China so many great ideas and crafts in this study, we are trying to stretch it out over two weeks so we can actually go to China (Hong Kong) as our completion of China. Wish we were able to do that with ever place we study this year.

    Thank you so much for putting together such an awesome Geography lesson!

  2. Hi Erica! Our family is going through the Roadtrip USA (it’s our first year using your curriculums) and we are all so excited about it! You have done such a fabulous job with the worksheets, crafts, recipes, etc, as well as the outstanding “additional resources” ideas. Reading these posts about Expedition Earth is getting me excited to do this one next year! For now, we will focus on those states….;) Thank you SO MUCH!


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