Grace Stevens and Sasha Norton listen to instructor Tsun Ming Chmielinski at the Forbes House Museum before beginning their calligraphy.

The Forbes House and Museum on Adams Street celebrated Chinese New Year recently with activities for children.

The builder of the 1833 house, Captain Robert Bennet Forbes, made his fortune in the early 19th century China trade and the house is well stocked with antique Chinese art, porcelain and furnishings.

Tsun Ming Chmielinski instructed the children in calligraphy and for their project, each child produced their name in Chinese characters.

Next, the kids went on a scavenger hunt throughout the three floors of the house.

As they found objects pictured on a list, they learned about the symbolism of the plants and animals depicted in sculpture, on porcelain and woven into rugs in the museum’s collection.

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