In order for the girls to see the difference, I created a memory game and "key". First, we looked over the above sheet, the key. There are nine different words, their ancient pictograph, their current character and the Chinese pronunciation of each word. I also made a small note of what to look for when comparing the ancient and present day characters.
After looking at the characters, we cut out the memory game pieces and glued them to some joss paper (spirit money) for backing. Then Pea proceeded to win, twice in a row.
If you'd like to see more, Chinese Hour has a great deal of pictographs, and a short explanation of their evolution as well as an image illustrating the meaning.
If you 'd like to make your own memory game, click on the links below the images for a free printable.
See if you can play without using the key!
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