When I think about China, I think about a country full of culture, vibrance, exotic traditions, beautiful architecture, and unique customs. Whether you are conducting a China Unit Study in your homeschool or assigning a research project, these excellent resources for learning about China will provide you with all you need.
China is a diverse country filled with different customs and traditions, yet is very modernized and technologically savvy.
Since the ’70s, China has had one of the world’s leading economies after it opened its economy, becoming a market-oriented system. However, for centuries China has been one of the most advanced civilizations regarding the arts and sciences.
Since 1949, China has been ruled by the Communist Party of China. It has no main religion because the government does not support religious memberships. Which leads me to a prayer request for you all.
Help me pray for China.
I recently met a Chinese missionary who is going to seminary in New Zealand. It was fascinating to talk to him as I had so many questions about how he became a Christian in China.
He told us stories of how Christians have to meet underground or in homes privately. That is because their government actively searches for people trying to practice Christianity.
What was extremely sad about what he said was this. Although the gospel gets to the people, the groups of Christians are separated.
Unfortunately, since the government doesn’t let any sermons or teaching enter the country legally, many believers are left on their own and to their own interpretations. They begin to believe falsehoods as their access to the outside world is limited.
For instance, about 3,000 websites are blocked by the Chinese government – including YouTube and Facebook (NationFacts.net)
Many take what they have learned but then get nothing else. Please do not quote me as I am unsure if this is a fact, but enough research online supports what he said.
In addition to this, churches are required to register with the government. However, once they are registered, they come under government control and are restricted from preaching about Christ’s second coming and other biblical truths.
Therefore, many churches choose not to register – which is illegal. Non-registered churches get raided and many are arrested. It is essential to share this with our kids as one day we may face the same, and we should be prepared.
Please take a moment to pray with me for the Christians in China and that the Lord leads them to Truth. Amen.
If you want to share more about Christianity in China with your older kids, this video resource will help:
Christianity is on The Rise In China | Journeyman Pictures
It is super interesting.
Now, let’s move on.
Here are some facts about China that your kids will find interesting:
China makes eighty percent of the toys around the world.
Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world, is located in China and borders Nepal. Mount Everest’s highest point reaches over 29,000 feet.
It is rumored that over three million people live in a cave near the Yellow River. It is said millions more live in other caves as well. I guess these cavemen haven’t evolved yet (just little dig on evolution.)
Up until three years ago, China for many years had a one-child per family policy to control the population.
The abacus is an ancient Chinese counting machine used in schools to learn math.
Students in China have to learn about 5,000 Chinese characters. At a minimum, in college, they need to learn about 10,000, but around 40,000 characters exist.
Eight is thought to be a lucky number. There is no wonder why the government scheduled the 2008 Olympics to begin 8/8/08 at 8:08 p.m.
A palace complex in Beijing named The Forbidden City has 9,000 rooms.
During a Chinese festival in the spring, people race boats decorated with dragon designs. Wouldn’t that be a sight to see?!
You aren’t going to believe this. Ice cream originated from China in 2000 BC when the Chinese mixed soft milk, snow, and rice.
The Chinese calendar is based on the moon and is the oldest known calendar in the world.
Many Chinese children have crickets as pets. They put them in a box and even have their crickets fight each other. (Don’t get any ideas, kids.)
The last Chinese emperor was named Puyi and became a leader at the age of three.
In China, there are vending machines that sell live crabs. I thought coffee of sale in vending machines was cool!
The Great Wall of China is the absolute most massive man-made structure in the world. It stretches 5,500 miles (8,850 kilometers).
There are so many other interesting facts to check out with your kids and these resources below will help you discover them.
Explore these resources for learning about China in your homeschool:
China FREE Unit Study | Peanut Butter Fish Lessons
Lapbook on China (FREE) | Homeschool Helper Online
FREE China Geography and Landmark Packet | Homeschool Den
Facts About China FREE Mini-Book for Kids | 123Homeschool4Me
China Booklet (A Country Study!) | Emily Bynum
Fun China Facts For Kids (FREE Printable) | Itsy Bitsy Fun
China Research Project | Succeeding in Social Studies
Country China Study | Beyond Imagination
China Fact Sheet (FREE) | Homeschool Den
Asia ~ China (FREE Printable) | The Pinay Homeschooler
Goldy Luck and The Three Pandas: Text Lesson (FREE Printables!) | CraftingConnections
China Coloring FREE Pages | Kindergarten Worksheets and Games
All About China FREE Printable Resources and Info. | Enchanted Learning
China Mini Book for Early Readers – A Country Study | Starlight Treasures
Country China FREE Word Search | DLTK Kids
China Country FREE Lapbook | Homeschool Share
46 Interesting Facts About China | The Fact File
All About China | Globe Trottin Kids
Let’s Visit China! Unit Study Resources | Mama Bear’s Bookish Den
All About China for Toddlers | Baby Devotions
Teaching Kids About China | Proverbial Homemaker
Teach these Chinese character FREE resources:
FREE Chinese Character Printmaking Project | Creative Family Fun
Numbers: Zero 零 Chinese Writing FREE Worksheet | WriteMandarin
FREE Chinese Counting Book | LovetoTeach.org
Chinese Characters FREE Printable Craft | ActivitiesforKids
FREE Chinese Character and Calligraphy Worksheets for Kids | Education.com
Learn Chinese Mandarin with Miss Panda Chinese | Bilingual Kidspot
Round out your resources with these crafts, activities, and STEM projects:
Montessori-Inspired Little Passports Activities – China | Living Montessori Now
Virtual Trip to China: Homeschooling China: Chinese Crafts for Kids & Activities | Pack More into Life
Asia ~ China Activities | The Pinay Homeschooler
Fun for Kids – Chinese Culture Activities | KidsActivities.com
Chinese Lantern Craft for Kids | Gift of Curiosity
China Fact Booklet and Activities | TheBeezyTeacher
Yin-Yang Paper Plate Puzzle – A Fun Chinese Activity for Kids! | Chalk Academy
Chinese Calligraphy Art Scroll for Kids (FREE Printable) | Freshly Planted
35+ China Activities for Kids | Creative Family Fun
STEM Activities for Kids: Great Wall of China Challenge | Preschool Powol Packets
How To Make A Chinese Lantern- FREE Printable Template Craft| The Kitchen Table Classroom
Great Wall Of China DIGITAL ESCAPE ROOM For Google Drive® | Think Tank Teacher
China Flip Book: A Social Studies Interactive Activity for Grades 3-5 | Mr Mault’s Marketplace
China activities for elementary | Adventures in Mommydom
FREE Great Wall of China Virtual Tour | The China Guide
If you want to expand your studies on China, check out this Ancient China resources:
Date Dash China—Chinese History FREE Card Game | Write Bonnie Rose
Your kids can learn so much about China with these resources. With all the news about China in the media, kids are likely to ask about China. So inform them about the country, so they are aware that China is not only what they hear in the news.
China is also a culture rich country that has been home to inventions like paper, toilet paper, the compass, kites, and more. More importantly, China is a country full of our brothers and sisters in Christ that can use our prayers. Therefore, let us keep them in our prayers.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!
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