Konnichiwa Parents and Caregivers! It has been a busy time for us over the past few weeks at the Kool Kids centres. The children have participated in a number of fun and educational Japanese learning activities that include one of our favourite things, food! Read on to see what we got up to:
Food & Vegetables in Japanese:
Recently, the children learnt how to say basic food words in Japanese. Amongst them we learnt “Ninjin(carrot)”, ”Tamanegi(onion)” , ”Jagaimo(potato)”and “Tomato(tomato)” in Japanese.
To naturally memorise those words, we played a few games such as “Yasai aru aru” which relates to selling vegetables. Also we read a book called “Oyasai ton to” (let’s cut vegetables)” and learnt how to make Japanese curry rice. The children loved saying “ton ton ton!” which is the sound of cutting vegetable in Japanese.
We then sang a song called the “Curry rice song” in Japanese. All the children enjoyed this song with hand puppets and hand gestures.
Japanese curry rice lunch tasting
Miss Hiromi and Miss Haruko joined the chefs at our Kool Kids centres to make Japanese curry rice. Our Clear Island Waters, Isle of Capri, Ashmore, Southport, Memaid Waters and Helensvale centres had the chance to enjoy this experience.
On the day of curry rice lunch, we had a little cooking lesson at each centre and showed the children how to make curry rice using real vegetables. At lunch time, many children loved the Japanese curry rice and some of them even had a second bowl!
One of the children told us they didn’t like onions, but loved the curry rice. When they discovered that the rice had onions in it, they responded with “Wow!” This was a great opportunity for the children to have different foods and to overcome the vegetables that they intially disliked. We are so happy that many children loved the Japanese curry rice!
To extend on our learning of food words, the children learnt extra words such as “Banana(banana)” , “Remon(lemon), Suika(watermelon) ” and “Orenji(orange). We sang a song called “Kuishinbou no gorilla” (a greedy gorilla), during which we had the chance to learn descriptive taste words as well such as “Oishii” (yummy), “Suppai” (sour)” and “Amai”(sweet). The children loved singing the gorilla song using their hand puppets and gestures.
I like/I don’t like
The children recently learnt how to say I like, and I don’t like in Japanese such as “suki!” or “suki janai”. We also read a book called “Dareno gohan?”(who is eating this food?). We spoke about the different foods animals were able to eat and the children tried to say “Usagi wa Ninjin ga Suki desu” (Rabbits like carrots).” Although this sounded a bit tricky to say, even the kindy children tried to say it. We were so impressed with their efforts!
Summer festival & Chochin (Japanese lantern) art
Natsu matsuri (the summer festival) generally consists of solemn rituals and joyful celebration. These celebrations can include food/toy/game stalls and entertainment such as fireworks display and bon-odori (bon-dance). Chochin is a Japanese lantern made with a paper or silk covering on a bamboo frame. A candle or an electric bulb is placed inside for illumination.
You can see many of these Chochin at festive occasions in Japan. Kingyo (Golden fish) is also one of the Japanese summer traditions. All the children made Chochin with water painted Kingyo, and we all celebrated the Japanese summer festival together!