2018 will be the 'Year of the Dog', according to the Oriental Zodiac.
In Japan, the New Year is the most important celebration of the year. There will be many goods for sale in 2018 with a 'dog' 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.
Full instructions with photos, together with templates, make these craft activities quick and easy for the teacher to prepare.
Also included are clear, clickable links to various craft ideas and videos.