Chinese elements

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A version of North South East West that explains the Chinese elements




Explain Chinese elements

Chinese Zodiac includes five elements: - Jin (metal), Mu (wood), Shui (water), Huo (fire), and Tu (earth).

Chinese people used to believe the world is composed of these five elements and control our destinies and relationships. In China, the theory is a very important part of traditional Chinese culture and mostly used in traditional Chinese medicine and fortune-telling.

The elements can create e.g. Wood makes Fire burn; Fire creates Earth; Earth bears Metal; Off of Metal runs the Water; Water makes Wood grow

Or destroy: Fire melts Metal; Metal chops down Wood; Wood breaks the Earth; Earth soaks up Water and blocks its flow; Water controls Fire.

Each element is also linked with a point of the compass:

Wood = East
Fire = South
Earth = Centre
Metal = West
Water = North

Pin up compass points/elements around room. Leader calls out an element, children have to run to it. Remove signs from around the room, repeat game and see if they remember where to go.


  • Chinese elements
  • Chinese games
  • Chinese New year

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