When I was young, growing up in Hong Kong, the sight (and sound) of Chinese fortune sticks like these being used at temples was very familiar and exciting to me. Bundles of these sticks were placed in jars and gently shaken until a few sticks stuck out above the rest, or fell out.
Find out about Chinese paper cuts, the Great Wall of China and more intersting aspects of Chinese Culture with the kids. You might also be interested in Traditional Chinese Games and Stories from China.
Chinese nursery rhymes have similar themes to our traditional nursery rhymes, and one of my kids' favourite childhood songs appears to have derived directly from the Chinese original. I expect you will spot it too!
The art of Chinese paper cutting has been prized for many thousands of years. Paper cuts are used for decoration, given as gifts, and are regarded as lucky. Traditional paper cuts often showed celebrations, weddings and feasts, but now all sorts of motifs are used.