Chinese Money Tree

Chinese Money Tree

For Chinese New Year, create this simple money tree, which can bring money and fortune and symbolises affluence, nobility and auspiciousness.

Materials Needed:

  • Red cardboard or red paper
  • Marker
  • Gold paint
  • Paintbrush or sponge
  • A coin

What to do:

Trace the child's hand and forearm onto the red piece of paper.

Using a paintbrush or sponge, dab gold paint inside the hand to create the tree branch.

Add gold paint to a coin and stamp it around the hand to create the "money tree".

Now, you have created you're very own money tree!

Hints and Tips:

  • Use gold paper instead of paint to collage inside the hand
  • Instead of stamping coins, gold circles can be cut out and glued around the tree
  • Add glitter for a sparkly effect

Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 2 year+
  • Number of Children: Individual (1), Couple (2), Few (3), Small Group (4)
  • Developmental Milestones:

    paints using a wrist action
    paint dots and lines
    established hand preference
    makes vertical, horizontal, circular strokes with pencil or crayon

  • Play Based Learning: Creative Play
  • Interest Areas: Art and Craft
  • Games Categories: Art and Craft, Fine Motor Skills, Multicultural Games
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 5
  • Sub Outcomes:

    5.4 Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work.

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Last modified on Sunday, October 30, 2016
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