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Cantonese Songs to Get Your Kids Moving

Music is a great way to learn a language. Pair it with actions, and the words and songs are more likely to get stuck in your head. Think “Baby Shark”. Below is a list of YouTube videos for songs that encourage movement. It’s also good exercise for the little ones. Enjoy!

TVB Hands Up Music

miss Ka Foo 嘉芙姐姐

Red Nature’s Play PARTY

Zeon gogo 志安歌歌

The first two songs do not have actions displayed on the screen. You can make up your own to follow the song. There are English translation if you are not fluent.

HK Department of Health

Locy Lee Learning

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Cantonese Children YouTube Channels

Below is a list of Cantonese videos that can be used to teach Cantonese, reinforce the language or use for entertainment. I have written a very brief summary of each videos indicating what kind of videos the channel produces and what level I believe is appropriate to engage with the video. I do encourage families to try videos above their language level to give your child a challenge and a chance to learn and improve more. You can also find these videos sorted in my Additional Resources section in the menu above.

Disclaimer: I am not endorsed or affiliated with any of the creators below. Please prescreen videos first to make sure they align with your learning goals, age of your child and values of your family. Captions are written by me. If there are any errors, please feel free to comment or send me a message.

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vocabulary-based videos

Beginner video: introduce a variety of vocabulary one at a time (traditional chinese, jyutping, English caption, audio for Chinese and English)
Beginner video: introduce a variety of vocabulary one at a time (traditional chinese, jyutping, English caption, audio for Chinese and English)
Beginner video: introduce a variety of vocabulary one at a time (traditional chinese, jyutping, English caption, audio for Chinese, no English audio)
Beginner video: introduce vocabulary at slow pace with description, easy to follow along, very clear pronuciation (traditional Chinese, jyutping, English or colloquial Cantonese captions)
Beginner to intermediate video: speaks at a slight slower pace, introduce several vocabulary throughout video, shows real life examples of vocabulary (no subtitles, includes large font Chinese and English words throughout video for vocab)

art-based videos

Beginner to intermediate video: short story, drawing tutorial
Intermediate to advanced: clay art tutorials (Cantonese instruction, traditional Chinese subtitles)
Intermediate to advance video: art tutorials including drawing, pastel, and paint (no subtitles, Cantonese instruction)
Intermediate to advance video: art tutorials including drawing, pastel, and paint (no subtitles, Cantonese instruction, some video have no verbal instructions)

Science-based Videos

Intermediate video: covers a variety of science topics in animation form, main vocabulary includes Chinese character and English word, (traditional Chinese subtitles)
Intermediate video: learn about different animals at HK Ocean Park (traditional Chinese and English subtitles)
Intermediate video: western country-born children talk in Cantonese about science topics and do crafts (no subtitles or text)
Intermediate to advanced video: covers a variety of science topics and experiments (traditional Chinese subtitles)

Cantonese TV shows/programs

Intermediate video: short animated videos of animal friends and their adventures
(no subtitles)
Intermediate to advance video: Mcdull videos
(traditional Chinese subtitles)
Intermediate video: animated video covers a variety of topics and stories aimed at kindergarten age children, 3-6 years old
(traditional Chinese subtitle)
Intermediate to advance video: Hands Up features adult host with children in a studio set talking, doing games, and singing songs, speech more natural pace, suitable for 0-6 years old
(no subtitles)
Intermediate to advance video: Think Big features adult host drawing, answering questions, cover math topics, and do crafts, speech more natural pace, suitable for 6+ years old
(traditional Chinese subtitles)
Intermediate to advance video: game show for older children
(traditional Chinese subtitles)
Intermediate to advance video: I haven’t watched these yet but I believe it’s a famous show
(no subtitles)
Intermediate to advance video: videos to make being in the hospital a more enjoyable experience for children, crafts and stories
(no subtitles)

Other Famous Children’s Cartoon

Doraemon/Ding Dong

Hello Kitty

Lego Country Girls

Lego Ninjago

Peppa Pig

PJ Mask

Thomas and Friends

Robocar Poli

Robot Trains

*Cantonese children show options are also available on Netflix and Disney+. Shows available will vary by region.

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Float or sink

I am always amazed at the ideas that Eveline (Rhythm ‘N’ Rhyme) and Dorothy (Locy Lee Learning) come up with for their music program, Roundabout. Last week, they taught us a fun bath time song which involved vocabulary like float and sink. This is such a fun topic that children are naturally curious about. It inspired me to create these worksheets to extend our learning.

The first page is to introduce the characters with stroke order for the words float and sink. The second page is an experiment page to record our prediction and results of objects that float or sink. The second page is not necessary for younger kids. My kids had a lot of fun with the experiment and looking for different objects that might sink or float. Another inquiry you can try is the object position in the water. For example, we found that the cup with the open end at the top floated, but if we turned it so that the open end was facing towards the bottom, the cup sank slowly into the water. You can find the worksheet here.

We tested each object one by one. At the end, my daughter wanted to test if they were all in the bowl at the same time, would it affect their ability to sink or float.

To extend our knowledge further, you can watch the youtube video below. They discuss buoyancy and density in Cantonese. It also shows how an object (playdoh) with the same weight but different shape can affect if it will sink or float. That is also another fun experiment that we plan to try out next.

浮 (fau4) float

沉 (cam4) sink

浮力 (fau4 lik6) buoyancy

密度 (mat6 dou6) density

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Digestive System 消化系統️

This week the kids and I are learning about the digestive system. I want the kids to learn more about their body and how it works. I thought the digestive system would be a great start. I originally only planned to teach the English terminology but since we are still home, I decided to throw in the Cantonese vocabulary as well.

I originally had a paper activity planned. However, I changed plans and decided to do a cardboard activity instead. You will still find a printable diagram with jyutping vocabulary in the printables section since I already made it before changing plans. This activity is more like a path than a maze.

How I made the Cardboard Digestive System Maze

  • Draw the digestive system on a large piece of cardboard. I outlined and labeled everything using markers.
  • Cut 0.75 in strips of cereal boxes for the path walls.
  • Glue the strips down using hot glue gun.
  • Glue a strip of cardboard over the small intestine so the large intestine path can continue over it.
  • Optional: I used another piece of cardboard to draw the head and mouth so the kids can drop the “food” into it. I also added a little poop slider they can pull out when the “food” reaches the end.

Supplement Material in Cantonese

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My First Bilingual Busy Book

You can purchase My First Bilingual Busy Book 快樂學習廣東話 or 快樂學習普通話 in Cantonese or Mandarin here. It is available in traditional or simplified characters with the corresponding pronunciation guide (jyutping or pinyin).

Update: The video below is the original version created in 2021. The newest edition (2023) is bilingual with English and Chinese and contains more language options for Chinese, image below.

I’m so happy to share with you another activity book. This book was made in request by another parent. This one is geared towards young children (toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarten, early primary). It includes a lot of first words that your child will find helpful. This activity book was designed to be interactive and to be used more than once so that they can really learn the vocabulary. Kids learn best through repetition, consistency and through play. You may have seen this kind of book available in English. It goes by other names such as busy book or learning binder. If you are unfamiliar with these types of books, please read on.

Essentially, the pages in these books work like a puzzle. There is one correct position for the pieces and the child has to match it to the correct spot. I have included many hints to help your child do this independently such as, colour coding pieces to its correct spot and including silhouettes or outlines for your child to match. Every pieces has its corresponding Chinese character to help your child learn to identify characters. For this book, the Chinese characters that were chosen were spoken Cantonese words so the child can use them in speech. Jyutping is included for parents who are unable to read Chinese characters. Also, a QR code is available on each page that provides the audio from a native speaker for each word as well. You might recognize the voice. It’s from one of the co-founders of Little Kozzi, Charing. With these, I hope that you and your child are able to expand your vocabulary and become more comfortable including Cantonese apart of your everyday speech.

Note: This video contains a sample of the old version created in 2021.

In addition to the matching pages, I have given your child an opportunity to start on writing. You will find two pages with the eight most common Chinese strokes. Your child can practice writing them in a fun way by finishing the picture. The page that introduces numbers also includes a colour-coded stroke order to help your child learn about sequence and learn that Chinese writing follows an order. For the car page, the page with the large 車, your child can use the cars provided, and drive the car following the stroke order.

The book covers a range of topics, sample pages below:

  • Numbers
  • Shapes
  • Colours
  • Emotions
  • 12 Zodiac Animals
  • Kitchenware
  • Time
  • Music
  • Calendar, weather, seasons
  • Emergency and construction vehicles
  • Chinese strokes and character symmetry
My First Bilingual Busy Book contains 24 pages of playing and learning.

How to Construct the Book

There are many ways that you can construct this book. I will write some recommendations here. Please note, the hard part of constructing this book is cutting out each individual piece. You do not have to complete it in one sitting. If time is an issue, I would start off by cutting the pieces for the main pages that you want to learn first, and as your child starts to master the vocabulary, add on more pages and pieces so that you and your child is not overwhelmed.

• You will need Adobe Reader to open the PDF file. It can be downloaded for FREE at:

To assemble this learning binder you will need:

  • colour printer
  • white paper/cardstock
  • a laminating machine (like this) and laminating pouches (like this or like this) *See notes at bottom of page
  • clear velcro dots (hook and loop dots)(like this)
  • paper fastener (brad fastener/split pin)(like this)
  • scissors
  • ring binder


  • Prepare your materials.
  • Print all the pages with a colour printer (*at home or printing services).
  • Laminate the pages (*at home or laminating services). Cut out pieces you may choose to laminate whole page and then cut. Alternatively, you may choose to cut, laminate and cut again.
  • Cut out pieces. For some of the pieces, you can choose to cut close to the image or leave some extra space around the image (i.e. continents cut out pieces).
  • Affix velcro dots to the worksheet and pages. Use clear hoop and loop dots to have words or images still visible.
  • Punch a small hole into clock hands and centre of clock. Fasten the hands with a paper fastener.
  • Insert pages to a ring binder.
  • Use a dry erase or washable marker for written tasks.

There is no one correct method of utilizing a learning binder. Find what works best for your family. Here are some suggestions to guide you through the process.

  • Find a quiet space that is free from clutter.
  • Choose a time that your child is ready to learn (nourished and rested)
  • Work through one page at a time.
  • Place activity in a tray or work from the binder.
  • Your child can remove the pieces themselves (fine motor skill strengthening). You may also choose to have the pieces removed and placed on the table or in a small tray.
  • Invite your child to join you in a new activity.
  • Point to a piece and call it by the correct name. Example, red colour, say “紅色” (red colour in Cantonese is hung4 sik1). Invite your child to say the new word. Look at the worksheet together. Point out the red colour. Say “red” again. Show them how to place it on the worksheet connecting the velcro dots so it sticks. Let your child choose a piece. Call it by name if child doesn’t say it. Encourage the child to do the tasks independently while introducing new words if child does not voice it.
  • Repetition is apart of learning. Allow your child to do the activity again if they want to before moving to a new page.

*If you do not own a printer or laminator, you can bring the file to a specialty store that can help you print and laminate it. You might find printing services at your local library, pharmacy, courier store or technology store. Please call to find out about pricing. There are also self laminating sheets (like this, like this, or like this) where you do not need to use a laminating machine. I have not use these before, but they look like they should be fairly easy to use. You may also use sheet protectors (like this). Please note, with sheet protectors it is harder for the child to pull the pieces off with the velcro since it’s more flexible and movable. This only works for the full pages and not the individual pieces.

*You may also choose to use this one time by just making this a gluing activity. Once they are complete, you can make it into a book to read.

You can purchase My First Bilingual Busy Book 快樂學習廣東話 or 快樂學習普通話 in Cantonese or Mandarin here. It is available in traditional or simplified characters with the corresponding pronunciation guide (jyutping or pinyin).

First Words Poster

Also check out the poster version of the book. You can simply print and display the posters in your home space to create a print-rich home to increase exposure to Chinese. Available in Cantonese, Mandarin and with simplifed or traditional characters: First Words Poster.

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