Three Little Pigs 三只小猪


Three Little Pigs 三只小猪

A Play In Mandarin

three little pigs

At this year’s Chinese Summer Camp, my students worked very hard to learn and act out the play, Three Little Pigs, in just 3 days.  In between memorizing lines, students were busy designing and building their own props such as the straw house, wood house, and brick house.  They performed the play on the 4th day of camp.  Take a look at their amazing performance below!

Three Little Pigs Performed in Mandarin


The 3 little pigs rehearsing.


The Big Bad Wolf reading her lines.


Measuring the cardboard to build the brick house.


The brick house even has doors that open!


The straw house can stand on its own!


If you enjoy the play and would like to get the script in both Chinese and pinyin, please visit my Teachers Pay Teachers page by clicking on the picture below.

three little pigs in Mandarin 三只小猪

Move Those Fingers To Learn Mandarin


 Learn Mandarin With Fingerplays

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Music is a powerful tool in learning a new language.  For young children, it is also a powerful tool to help them learn new thinking skills.   Fun fingerplays, songs and rhymes can help children learn Mandarin by increasing vocabulary, learning the sounds of words and hearing the rhythm of language.  Young children can also gain large and small motor skills by performing movements required in fingerplays.  Memory of Mandarin words can be learned by participating in fingerplays, songs and rhymes.  Just think about some popular Western kids songs like “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” or “The Wheels On The Bus, ” I bet your fingers start moving as soon as you sing the words.  I have uploaded 3 videos of Chinese fingerplay videos for young children.  The videos were made for preschool aged children in China, but can easily be adapted for children learning Mandarin as a foreign language.


Finger Play For Learning Mandarin 1

Finger Play For Learning Mandarin 2

Finger Play For Learning Mandarin 3

Learning to cook Chinese food


During our food unit, my Chinese students learned to express our likes and dislikes for food in Mandarin with various activities like games, skits and writing original songs.  Here is a short video of an original song written by a student.



We also learned to cook Chicken Chow Mein 鸡丁炒面.  Before we started cooking, we learned important cooking vocabulary in Mandarin.  After we cooked the food, each student made a little book in Chinese with step by step instructions on cooking this dish.




Students were involved in every aspect of cooking.  Look how hard they are working!


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This is what the noodles looked like before and after!  Yummy!





Chinese Leveled Readers Books 7 and 8 Are Here!


Videos and PDF for books 7 and 8 of the level 1 Chinese leveled readers are here!  There are a total of 108 books and they become increasingly more difficult with each book.  I have made videos for books 7 and 8 in Mandarin audio with Chinese and English text.  Watch and download these 2 new little books here.


Book 7 尾巴 Tails



Book 8 小海龟 Little Sea Turtle



Learn to Sing “The Wheels On The Bus” 公车上的轮子


The Wheels On The Bus

animated bus

The Wheels on the Bus, 公车轮子, is a popular Western children song, and now you can learn to sing it in Mandarin.   This is a great song loved by kids of all ages even as young as a few months old!  Children love to add verses and act out movements when they sing the song.  With its highly repetitive and catchy tune, learning it in Chinese will be so fun!  Watch my video along with vocabulary flashcards and activities here to learn how to properly pronounce the lyrics, recognize the characters, sing in Chinese, and of course act out the movements.


Max’s Christmas 麦斯的圣诞节 Chinese Animated Video


麦斯的圣诞节 Max’s Christmas

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Watch Max’s Christmas written by Rosemary Wells in Mandarin.  Max has plans to stay up late to see Santa Claus, but his big sister, Ruby, wont let him. “Why?” asks Max. To which Ruby replies everyone’s most despised answer: “BECAUSE!” So Max takes matters into his own hands and sneaks into the living room to wait for Santa on his own. Will Santa still show up? What will he say if he sees Max up waiting for him?  For more books on video in Mandarin click here.

好饿的毛毛虫 The Very Hungry Caterpillar in Mandarin and English



I just made a dual language animated video of Eric Carle’s classic story, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, in English and Mandarin.  I love this book as a teacher, because of all the simple learning concepts within.  As a Chinese teacher, I use this to teach days of the week, colors, and food, etc.  The simple repetitive text is easy to understand, and my older students actually enjoy listening to their childhood story in Chinese.  To get the dual language PDF of the book click here.  To read along with the story in annotated Chinese click here.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Animated children’s picture books in Mandarin


I have been compiling youtube videos to popular, award-winning, classic children’s picture books in Mandarin Chinese.  My thinking is that I want to supplement textbooks with more fun stories on basic levels.  What better way than stories that American students are already familiar with.  Check out the videos here, and start watching.  These videos are great for anyone learning Mandarin.



Learn easy Chinese Halloween Song 南瓜先生


 Halloween is almost here!  Learn to sing a very simple Chinese song for Halloween.  This is just a made up song to the tune of Frère Jacques.  I like to change the verses to review more Chinese vocabulary.  For example, you can sing about Mrs. Pumpkin or Baby Pumpkin and use different body vocabulary to make it fun (i.e. 小耳朵 “small ears” or 大肚子 “big tummy”).  Halloween is 万圣节 wàn shèng jié or 鬼节 guǐ jié.  Visit here to download the lyrics page in the video and check out videos for my other songs.


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“姓” Chinese Grammar 语法练习



I made another quick and easy one minute Chinese grammar video on the sentence structure for 姓 xìng, which is both a transitive verb and noun.  姓 literally means to be surnamed.  It is made of the radicals: 女 (woman) + 生 (born/birth) so you can remember it as the woman who gave birth to us also gave us the name.  I go over how to use 姓 as a verb in the video, and use it as a review for students.  You can access more of my videos and interactive flashcards here.