THE YEAR of the Rat was celebrated at Jellybabies Nursery and Pre-School this week as the children found out about Chinese New Year.
They had a Chinese taste table so they could try food from other cultures and had a go at eating with chopsticks.
The children also acted out the animal race and talked about the story, highlighting good and bad and right and wrong.
The animal race is the story at the centre of Chinese New Year where the Jade Emperor challenges 12 animals to take part in a race to become his guards.
The finishing order would determine which rank each of the creatures ended up with.
Traditionally older residents give younger ones a red ‘laisee’ envelope with money inside as part of the new year celebrations. Children at Jellybabies were also given their own ‘laisee envelopes’.
Nursery manager Jacqueline Walker said: “It was aimed at raising children’s awareness of other cultures and traditions through fun and exciting activities which cover all areas of the early years’ foundation stage.”