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Ancient China for Kids and Teachers


Find out how oracle bones could foretell the future! Meet Confucius, the great teacher. Read ancient stories like Nian, the Monster, Wang the Peddler, and Loawnu the Wise. Discover how paper was invented. Learn about Taoism and the Ugly Duckling. Travel and trade along the dangerous Silk Road! Meet magical creatures. Guess the meaning of two ancient Chinese fables. Discover guardian dragons. Explore daily life in the Xia, Shang, Chou, Qin, Han, Tang, Song and Ming Dynasties. Welcome to Ancient China!

For Kids

Ancient China Cheat Sheet

China Geography

Huang He & Yangtze Rivers

Himalayan Mountains

Gobi & Taklimakan Deserts

The Dynastic Cycle

Ancient Chinese Dynasties

Xia Dynasty
(Very Early China)

The Bronze Age

& Chou Dynasties

Mandate of Heaven

Ancestor Worship

Oracle Bones

Gods & Goddesses

Qin Dynasty

Great Wall of China

Terra Cotta Army

Han Dynasty

Silk Road

Han Tombs

Age of Division

Tang Dynasty

Song Dynasty

Ming Dynasty

Daily Life

Homes & Furniture








Foot Binding


Occupations, Professions

Chinese Food


The invention and importance of tea 


Forbidden City


Animals of the Zodiac

Chinese Stories

Chinese Proverbs

Chinese Fables



Confucius - The Great Teacher



Comparison of Beliefs - Taoism, Confucianism, Legalism


The 3 Teachings - Confucius, Taoism, Buddhism

 Myth: Why Chinese dragons have five toes

Myth: Nian, the Horrible Monster

Story: Wang the Peddler

Story: Loawnu the Wise Woman

Story: The True Story of Mulan

Story: The Warrior Well

Legend: The Story of Silk

Legend: The Story of Shadow Puppets

Chinese New Year

Lantern Festival

Medicine, Acupuncture, Yin Yang


Chinese Art




Paper Fans

Chinese Opera

Music & Musical Instruments

Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age (for kids)

& Ancient Inventions

Take the Quiz, interactive with answers

Interactive Games

For Teachers

Our Lesson Plans and Classroom Activities

What is the difference between a proverb and a fable? (1-2 class periods)

The Three Doctrines & Legalism

Debates on Censorship (2-3 class periods)

The Silk Road Game (1-2 class periods)

Several Lesson Ideas for Ancient China

Lesson Plans by other teachers

Lesson Plans and Activities

Ancient China Video Clips, Cartoons, Documentaries

Ancient China Clipart

Free Use PowerPoints about Ancient China for Kids and Teachers 

See Also:

The Ancient Mongols for Kids

Investigate Real Life Artifacts 

Marco Polo and his visit to China


Explore Ancient China

Free Ancient China Presentations in PowerPoint format

Free Ancient China Games

Ancient China Video Clips, Cartoons, Documentaries

Ancient Chinese Stories

Free Ancient China Clipart

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