Our Annual Chinese New Year Celebrations take place on January 31st, 2014 at Futurekids, a daycare in Coquitlam. The children will learn and enjoy how to make sushi using seaweed, boiled rice and a bamboo mat. We also compare how the East Asians welcome the New Year to North Americans. For example, both get new haircuts and buy new garments. Additionally, East Asians sweep their living space to get rid of bad luck from last year and grow blossoms to remind them that new things can always grow. The children also learn about the differences between the Korean, Canadian, Japanese and Chinese Flags.
The children at Futurekids also participate in a dragon dance with lots of music and movement. Using Eastern music, instruments, ribbons and scarfs the children perform a dance and manipulate a long flexible dragon head and tail. We teach the children that the longer the dance, the more luck they bring to the Futurekids community. They also learn a visual aid story about how each year got its’name, paper lanterns and origami art. At the end of the day, the children receive a lucky chocolate penny in a red envelope to take home. In order to tie in the theme of the month, transportation, and the year of the horse, we will be role playing with a stick horse.
How To Make Sushi Rolls
– 3/4 cup of sticky sushi rice
– 1 1/2 cup of water
– 1/2 tsp salt (optional)
– 2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
– 1 Tbsp superfine sugar
– 4 seaweed sheets
– 1/2 small cucumber (optional)
– 1/2 carrot (peeled and halved lengthwise) (optional)
– soy sauce
1) Add the rice and water to the pan and cover with a lid. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat.
2) Leave the covered rice to stand for 10 minutes or until the liquid has been absorbed. Meanwhile, warm the vinegar, sugar, and salt until dissolved.
3) Line a shallow dish with plastic wrap. Stir the sweetened vinegar mixture into the rice, then carefully pack it into the dish. Leave to cool.
4) Deseed the cucumbers, using a teaspoon and then slice it into 4 equal strips. If you are using carrot instead, cut it into 4 long strips.
5) Place a nori sheet, shiny side down, on a bamboo mat. Dip your hands in water and pat a quarter of the rice so that is covers two-thirds of the sheet.
6) Lay a piece of cucumber or carrot widthways along the centre of the rice. Holding the mat, roll the nori over and over, to the edge of the rice.
7) Tuck the rolled edge of the nori firmly under the filling. Dampen the remaining nori and roll it up. Using the mat, pull the sushi roll tightly to seal.
8) This makes 4 long rolls with a carrot or cucumber filling which you can cut into delicious bite-sized pieces.
9) Dip the sushi into soy sauce and eat!
Wishing everyone a wonderful Chinese New Year.