Inventions Illustration

Ancient China for Kids

The ancient Chinese invented many, many things - things we still use today. Their inventions include paper, silk, matches, gunpowder, porcelain, laquer ware, fireworks, medicines, kites, tea, the umbrella, jump ropes, tangrams, dominoes, musical instruments, ink, the crossbow, decimals, the compass, tangrams, folding screens, and my personal favorite - ice cream!

What the ancient Chinese did not do was make many advances in labor saving devices. There were so many people in ancient China that they had no need of labor saving devices. They had lots of labor. So, there was no need for the development of factories. Instead, the ancient Chinese people concentrated on making handmade individual items.


Learn how to play Mahjongg

Virtual Compass

Play Chinese Shadow Puppets (interactive)

Invention of Fireworks - Art of the Explosion (interactive)

Hear Ancient Chinese Musical Instruments

The Interactive Abacus

Make your own paper

Acupuncture & Medicines

Art - Performing Arts, Paper, Paintings, Statues

Chinese Kites


Virtual Kite Building Adventure & Kite Flying Game

Folding Screens & Mahogany Furniture

Chinese Lanterns

Play Around with Decimals

Ancient Inventions

Ancient Chinese Stories

Ancient Chinese Hand Made Items

Interactive Quiz for Ancient China (with answers)