Ni Hao Kai-Lan Birthday Party Supplies And Ideas
Ni Hao Kai-Lan party supplies and party ideas will thrill those little Nick Jr. fans in your house. Kai-Lan is a fun kids birthday party theme and now you can find lots of party supplies and decorations to match.
Ni Hao Kai-Lan: A Great Kids Birthday Party Theme
Most parents already know the popular children’s television characters Dora and Diego for their bilingual and bicultural lessons. The Nick Jr. show “Ni Hao, Kai-Lan” features a young Chinese American girl named Kai-Lan and her friends. Young Kai-Lan Chow expands on the lessons taught by bicultural kids like Dora and Diego, exposing today’s preschool-age children to a new language, culture, and values. You can find many good kids party ideas from Nick Jr. Themes.
The show emphasizes themes that transcend cultural differences, like respect and cooperation, while also highlighting specific Chinese and Chinese American cultural beliefs. Kai-Lan speaks English and Mandarin Chinese, and her best friends are animals. They include Rintoo the tiger, Tolee the koala, Hoho the monkey, and Lulu the rhino. Another important character on the show is Kai-Lan’s grandfather YeYe, a quiet authority figure who encourages her to discover things on her own.
A “Ni Hao, Kai-Lan” themed birthday party would appeal to both boys and girls. Here are some ways in which parents can make the party fun while also reinforcing the life lessons taught by the show.
Ni Hao Kai-Lan Party Decorations
You can order licensed “Ni Hao Kai-Lan” party supplies and decorations, or you can opt for a more general Chinese theme that incorporates items like animals, fans, and paper lanterns. These decorative items are popular around Chinese New Year, but you also can find them year-round by searching online and in party stores.
Party guests will have fun learning new words if you label the objects at the party in Chinese and English, including gifts, birthday cake, favors, and food. Greet the guests by saying “ni hao,” which means “hi” in Mandarin Chinese, and teach them how to say “happy birthday” in Chinese.
Ni Hao Kai-Lan Party Game Ideas
Older kids enjoy piñatas, and again you have the option of buying one that features the licensed characters from the television show, or you could stick to the general Chinese theme by searching for a dragon piñata, for example. If you prefer not to fill it with candy, you could substitute small Chinese toys or other favors.
For younger kids, you could show flash cards or pictures and ask the kids to guess the animal characters depicted by giving hints. Many of these cards and pages can be made easily by hand or using stickers, or you can download and print them online.
Ni Hao Kai-Lan Party Favors
You can find some fun Ni Hao Kai-Lan Favors. You can buy a favor box filled with chop sticks, stickers, a daisy bracelet, a flower hair band and a Kai-Lan notebook. Fun stuff the kids will enjoy.
You can also make your own party favor boxes out of Chinese food takeout containers. Fill them with easy to find favor ideas like:
- Fortune Cookies
- Chinese Yo-Yo's
- Oriental Folding Fans
- Chinese Finger Traps
Other favor ideas include a small stuffed animal, a tiger, a monkey, a koala or a rhino, just like Kai-Lin's friends. There are also personalized Happy Heart favors like buttons, magnets, bag tags, stickers, zipper pulls and bookmarks.
Ni Hao Kai-Lan Party Food Ideas
Opt for finger foods that kids can handle easily. Traditional Chinese food like dumplings and lettuce wraps are simple to make, and fortune cookies are always popular. A full sized Kai-Lan themed birthday cake is a great choice, or you could bake cupcakes and let each guest have his own personal treat. Leave them unfrosted, and then the kids can decorate the cupcakes with character faces from the show. You can also let them decorate their own red frosted cupcakes with sparkling sugars and candies.
Kai-Lan Party Craft Ideas
Making a fan or paper lantern is another activity that older kids might enjoy. You can find templates online, and then follow the instructions for creating unique crafts that the guests can take home. For the younger kids, setting out some crayons and free, printable coloring sheets with characters from the show is a great activity.
Click on the last link to find these fun Ni Hao Kai-Lan party ideas including these fun game and activity ideas...plus the game rules and how to make the activities...they are:
- Tissue Flowers...learn how to make big, flowers out of colored tissue paper and pipe cleaners
Origami Butterflies...folding paper to make butterflies will really be fun
Tell Me if I'm Wrong...is a fun game with an animal-theme circle great for younger children
Charades...no talking while the kids are attempting to imitate a character or thing for the rest of the group
Forcing the City Gates...A Chinese version of the game, Red Rover where kids try to break through the city gates
Chop Stick Relay...This relay race is fun...pick up cotton balls with chop sticks
Chase the Dragon's Tail...try to catch the dragon's tail without breaking the rest of the line
Free Printable Super Happy Coloring Page...print out this free coloring page to use at your kids birthday party
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