Children in Stroud celebrate Chinese New Year
India George-Hart, two, stroking Bruce the bearded dragon during the Chinese New Year celebrations at the Co-operative Childcare nursery in Cainscross on Monday
BRUCE the bearded dragon, Roy the snake and Dinky the rat helped children at the Co-operative Childcare nursery in Cainscross ring in Chinese New Year.
As part of the celebrations, children decorated the nursery with lanterns and tucked into a Chinese meal which they tried to eat with chopsticks.
The main event was on Monday when ZooLab, a company which teaches children how to handle live animals, visited with Bruce, a bearded dragon, Dinky, a rat, and Roy, a baby boa constrictor.
Sally-Anne Lynham, Co-operative Childcare manager, said: "It is the Chinese year of the snake so we though it would be nice for the children to see a snake up close and learn how to handle it and care for it."
Chinese New Year, which was on Sunday, was celebrated at other schools in the area including the Rosary Primary School in Beeches Green, Stroud, where children enjoyed a meal of chow mein noodles, rice and sweet and sour chicken, which they ate with chopsticks.
Meanwhile, at Severn View Primary Academy in Stroud, a colourful Chinese New Year learning wall was created complete with a dragon and decorated with Chinese paper fans.