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Asia at Home

Learn more about different Asian cultures!

In this topic you will find activities that can help you learn to:

  • identify the countries of Asia on a map
  • read and write your name in Chinese
  • retell an Asian folk tale or a legend
  • write a riddle about a Chinese folk tale
  • count and write 1–10 in Chinese
  • recite some Chinese greetings and other words
  • identify some traditional Asian foods.


Map it

Ed needs your help to name the countries of Asia on a map.

  • Print this  Word icon. Map of Asia (Word, 231 KB) .
  • Go to the Asia: NZ Online website. Click on the name of each country to find where it is located.
  • Use the online map to help you label the countries of Asia on your printed sheet.
  • Label New Zealand and Australia with a different colour as they are part of the Asia-Pacific region.

Folk tales

  • Read some legends and folk tales and then choose one for an activity. 
  • Retell a folk tale by writing as if you were one of the characters. Use these activities to help you. 
    • Print this  Word icon. 5 Ws (Word, 30 KB)  chart. Draw some pictures and jot down on the chart some key words about the characters, setting, and plot.
    • Use the key words and the 5 Ws chart to retell or write your chosen legend or folk tale.


Riddles are a fun part of the Chinese Lantern Festival. They are written on the lantern or hang off them. Friends and families try to solve these riddles as they enjoy their Yuanxiao or sweet dumplings.

  • Riddles often come from Chinese folk tales so choose a character from a folk tale to build your riddle around.
  • Use these riddle writing tips to help write your riddle.
  • Choose three stories for a friend to read or share with a group. Can they solve your riddle?

My school day

  • Watch this PowerPoint Show about living and learning in Beijing.
  • Make a booklet or use this template for your own PowerPoint icon. School day (PowerPoint, 172 KB)  about what you might do in a school day in New Zealand. 
  • Begin with how you travel to school, and the activities you do at school and after school.
  • Add the title on the first page and then add 5 more pages or PowerPoint slides.
  • Add a photo or drawing on each page with 1-2 sentences to describe your day.

Greetings and other phrases

People from different cultures have special ways they meet and greet each other. Practice saying these different phrases in Chinese.

  • Think about what you would say in English when you greet someone and to say goodbye, please, and thank you to them.
  • Watch the video clip and listen to the greetinggoodbye (zàijiàn), and thank you (xièxie).
  • Listen to these Chinese/Mandarin phrases.
  • Use this  PDF icon. Pronunciation guide (PDF, 37 KB)  to practise these words in the Chinese language: 
    • Ni hao ma? - How are you?
    • Hĕnhăo - I’m fine.
    • Xièxie - Thank you.

Cool Kiwis

Lantern festival

Music and dancing

Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays and is often called the Lunar New Year. The festival begins on the 1st of the month and ends on the 15th with the Lantern Festival.


Count and write numbers 1–10 in the Chinese language.

  • Print this sheet with PDF icon. Numbers (PDF, 795 KB) in the Chinese language.
  • Watch the video clip twice of students counting 1–10 in Chinese. Read the words and count along with them.
  • Use the PDF icon. Vocabulary list (PDF, 106 KB) to write the numeral beside each number word.
  • Practise writing numbers using Chinese calligraphy brush strokes.
  • Write the numerals on a new sheet and then make it into a banner or wall poster.


  • Explore these websites to find out about food and cooking from some Asian countries:
  • Name three Asian foods or meals and write them on a piece of paper.
  • List some of the foods that your family likes to eat for special family times or celebrations.

 Te reo Māori

Whakamaheretia atu

E hiahia ana a Ed ki tōu āwhina kia whakaingoa i ngā whenua o Āhia i runga mahere whenua.

  • Tāia tēnei   Word icon. Map of Asia (Word, 231 KB) . – mahere whenua o Āhia
  • Haere ki te paetukutuku Asia: NZ Online. Pāwhiria te ingoa o ia whenua kia kite kei whea aua whenua.
  • Whakamahia te mahere ā-ipurangi hei āwhina i a koe ki te whakaingoa i ngā whenua o Āhia i runga i tāu whārangi tā.
  • Tapaina Aotearoa me Ahitereiria ki te tae rerekē nā te mea he wāhanga anō ēnei o te takiwā Āhia-Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa.

Ko tōku rā i te kura

  • Tirohia tēnei pūrere whakaaturanga a pā ana te noho me te ako i Beijing.
  • Mahia he pukaiti, ka whakamahi rānei i tēnei tauira hei hanga i tāu ake   Word icon. Storyboard (Word, 31 KB)  template – whakaaturanga PowerPoint e pā ana ki āu mahi ka mahia pea i tētahi rā kura, i muri rānei i te kura, i Aotearoa. 
    • Tīmataria ki tō haerenga ki te kura me āu ngohe i te kura, i muri hoki i te kura.
    • Ki te whārangi tuatahi tāpirihia te tapanga, ā, ka tāpiri ai kia rima anō ngā whārangi, ngā kiriata PowerPoint rānei,
    • Tāpirihia he whakaahua, tā pikitia rānei ki runga i ia whārangi me ētahi rārangi kōrero 1-2 hei whakaahua i tō rā.

Ngā koronga ako

Mā tēnei kaupapa ka ako koe ki te

  • tautuhi i ngā whenua o Āhia i runga mahere whenua
  • pānui me te tuhituhi i tō ingoa ki te reo Hainamana
  • tārua i tētahi pakiwaitara, pūrākau rānei nō Āhia
  • tuhituhi i tētahi panga e pā ana ki tētahi pakiwaitara Hainamana
  • kaute me te tuhituhi i te 1-10 ki te reo Hainamana
  • takitaki i ētahi mihi, kupu rānei ki te reo Hainamana
  • tautuhi i ētahi kai taketake o Āhia.

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