We're back with day 2 of our Hong Kong mini unit! As you can probably tell from our happy little Buddha, today was all about the Big B...

Hong Kong Mini Unit Study Day 2

 



We're back with day 2 of our Hong Kong mini unit! As you can probably tell from our happy little Buddha, today was all about the Big Buddha and Buddhism. First, we took a trip on the glass bottom cable car, the Ngong Ping 360, up to Ngong Ping on Lantau Island. From there, we could see the Big Buddha statue! It is 268 steps up to the Big Buddha statue and we calculated that we had to go up our staircase 21 times (for a total of 273 steps) to go about the same distance.

Our tiny happy Buddha was waiting at the top of the stairs!


Lil C took the challenge and huffed and puffed up and down the stairs 21 times! Squidgy joined her on her last trip and beat her to the top (I think he used our teleporter to get him most of the way up the stairs...).


We slowed down to learn a little more about Buddhism. First we listened to "Under the Bohdi Tree: A Story of the Buddha" by Deborah Hopkinson. I found a pretty good explanation of Buddhism for young children at Mr. Donn's Site for Kids and Teachers. We also discussed why our jolly fat Buddha statue looked very different from the Big Buddha on Lantau Island. The thinner Buddha represented in the Big Buddha statue is Siddhartha Gautama, the first Buddha. The jolly round Buddha is a Chinese monk named Budai who lived about 1600 years after Siddhartha. Budai had a big bright smile and spread happiness wherever he went. He especially loved children and would give away sweets that he carried in his big sack along with the rest of his possessions. It is said that Budai taught that the more you give, the more comes to you. 



We finished our lesson with some meditation while we had an afternoon snack (yes, they are having pie. Pie is not a normal snack in our house but we had some left from our Pi Day celebration a couple of days ago). Cosmic Kids Yoga has some great mediation videos for kids and we happened to find one about a dragon - how perfect to tie into "Brandon Goes to Hong Kong"! You can watch it below - it would be a great way to wind down at the end of the day! And don't forget to come back to tomorrow when we visit Ocean Park in Hong Kong!




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