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Learn how to say colours in Mandarin, explore the museum collections, in person or virtually, and create your own Chinese object card.
Aimed at Primary 5-7 pupils learning Mandarin.
The words of each colour are shown in English, Mandarin, and Pinyin.
Did you know?
Pinyin is an international guide for pronouncing Mandarin words.
With thanks to
Dalry Primary who helped us create this resource
Teachers/Parents/Carers - Find out more in our Teachers' notes.
Using the gifs or downloads below, find out where each object is in the museum. Can you remember how to say the colour in Mandarin for each one? You can try to find them online either by:
You can also try to find them on your next visit to the National Museum of Scotland.
While you are exploring, look out for an object you'd like to create a card (download below), short film or even a gif about!
Colour: 红色 hóng sè red
Colour: 白色 bái sè white
Colour: 蓝色 lán sè blue
Colour: 粉色 fěn sè pink
Colour: 棕色 zōng sè brown
Colour: 绿色 lǜ sè green
Colour: 银色 yín sè silver
The final object is chosen by you! It could be something you find on Google Streeview, by searching our collections, or even something from your house.
Remember to make a note of its colour and practice saying that colour in Mandarin.
This resource is designed to be used in the classroom, at home or on a visit to the museum.
For online use use the instructions above.
For use at the museum, the teachers' notes below will be of particular use. They include:
Practice saying these colours in Mandarin.
When visiting the museum, classes can book to use our Mandarin activity backpacks to explore the objects in person. The backpacks contain sensory items relating to each of our seven objects featured in this resource.