This fall China Institute is celebrating the 600th anniversary of the completion of the Forbidden City with a series of programs for all ages. In these two virtual workshops, families and children will work together to learn about the architecture of this immense palace, as well as the lives of the emperors and people who lived within. Through animated videos, interactive storytelling, group discussion and creative activities participants will explore universal values such as respecting and being inspired by the natural world; understanding the balance between freedom and responsibility; and the importance of leadership and teamwork.Children ages 5 and up will love these workshops.
The workshops will take place over Zoom. Participants will receive the log-in information for the workshops after registering.
The Palace Is Like A Big Forest
Saturday, November 7, 2020, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
In this interactive workshop children will learn about the largest wooden architectural structure and largest enclosed palace in the world: the Forbidden City in Beijing, China. Students will learn how the inspiration for building the palace came from nature and they will have the chance to design their own palace. Through additional games, movement activities, discussion, and an animated video, children will learn not only how nature influenced and inspires Chinese culture and the building of the Forbidden City, but also how nature can inspire and nurture us in our daily lives.
Saturday, December 5, 2020, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
In “How Are You, Mr. Emperor?” children will explore the lives of Chinese emperors in the Forbidden City and what it means to be a good leader and citizen. Through discussion and watching an animated video children learn about the emperors’ daily life and responsibilities. By playing a game, they will think about the benefits and limits of power. A group writing activity will help participants explore the virtues of good leaders (and good people). Through additional group activities, children will think about their own good qualities, what they would do if they had a lot of power, and might realize that an emperor’s life was not as easy as we might think.
These workshops are tied to China Institute’s ongoing educational program We All Live in the Forbidden City. For more information about this program visit https://www.chinainstitute.org/school/walfc/.