2017 will be the 'Year of the Rooster', according to the Oriental Zodiac.
In Japan, the new Year is the most important celebration of the year. There will be many good s for sale in 2017 with a 'rooster/bird' theme.
At the start of the Australian school year ( or start of school after the New Year break), it is fun to use craft activities based on the animal year, to commence Japanese classes. For new students joining the class, with no Japanese learning background, such activities provide an engaging, non-threatening lesson, and one they can share with parents at home. First impressions are important! Some of the craft 'creations' can also be used for classroom display.
and more. ( Updated to include 10 different activities!)
Full instructions with photos, together with templates, make these craft activities quick and easy for the teacher to prepare.