Chinese Calligraphy

This is another one of those projects that children of all ages can succeed with!  It is super simple to set up and can be done in a whole group setting.   These Chinese “scrolls” are beautiful to hang.  I have used different sources for the Chinese characters – this time I chose the Chinese numbers 4, 5, and 6.  Before we begin, I tell the children that half the beauty of Chinese calligraphy is the brush strokes. “Do not paint over a brush stroke!  It is beautiful just as it is!”  We look at examples so they understand.

What you will need:  black paint, paint brushes, white construction paper cut in half length-wise, red ribbon for hanging.

Paint a square.  Make a “J” and a backwards “J.”
Draw a uppercase I.  Draw a line through the middle and bring it down at a slant.
This number looks like a person! Draw a “sleeping” line. Draw two slanting lines.  Make a small, single line above the sleeping line.

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  1. Ana says:

    Wondeful idea! I love the painting technique!
    I have a free flannel board set for Chinese New Year
    in my blog.
    See you!

  2. Ana – thank you for sharing your creation!


  3. Deb Chitwood says:

    What a wonderful activity for the Chinese New Year! I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page at

  4. Deb – how fun! I went to your blog (and FB) and you share so many great ideas. Also – loved that you lived in England for a while. I really want to teach overseas for 2 years. Has been on my bucket list for 20 years! Our children are similar in age. Anyway – thanks for stopping by and for sharing my blog!


  5. Anonymous says:

    your final image is mirrored… the middle character, “wo” or 5, is supposed to have the vertical line on the right

  6. Thank you for the tip!

  7. Miss Cindy says:

    What does it say?? I want to try this with my children at book club tomorrow?

    • Yikes! I am so sorry I missed your question! These are numbers if I remember correctly. I have a sheet that has the numbers 1 – 10 that we practice our calligraphy from.

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