Mini Lanterns for Chinese New Year10:00
Making Chinese lanterns is a craft that I've always done as a teacher, and to be honest it wasn't easy with a whole class of children. Either I did most of the work for them in advance, or we went through a lot of paper when they didn't quite understand how they should be cutting them. One on one is definitely the way to go with lanterns, Ethan got a lot of great scissor practise and really did make these all by himself.
What you'll need:
- white card
- red crayon
- stamps and a red stamp pad
- red markers
- red washi tape
First we folded the pieces of white card in half, then Ethan cut along the fold to make smaller pieces.
Next we decorated each of our six pieces of card. For the first two we used the stamps to make symbols all around the paper. This is a great opportunity to talk about Chinese symbols, and possibly even try to do some Chinese writing with older children.
Then we used the washi tape to secure the ends on each side and to make the lantern shape. Ethan loves using tape so he was very happy to do this part!
They make a great decoration for Chinese New Year all hung up in a row along our fireplace, and we might make some more to add to our collection!
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