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Chinese New Year: lanterns

Today, to kick off our week of Chinese New Year themed activities, we made some Chinese lanterns. These were really easy to make and so pretty.

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I had set all the things last night, including a tray with some sparkly pom poms, feathers, red and gold sequins and glitter. As soon as Harrison saw these (at 6.45am!!!) he wanted to get stuck in!

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I had done the cutting of the lanterns already for Alex, and for Harrison I had folded and drew lines on it as a cutting guide, as we are working on scissor control and this was a perfect activity for doing this.

Start off by folding a piece of A4 paper or card in half to make along thin rectangle shape (heard this being called ‘hot dog fold’ – the opposite way is ‘hamburger’!).
Make a series of cuts along the fold line (we did about ten cuts) but don’t cut all the way to the edge of the paper.

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Open up the paper (this is the stage when we decorated it) and then using either tape or glue stick the two short ends of the paper together.
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Attach a strip of paper as a handle and there is your lantern!

Traditionally they should be red and gold, as these are the colours of wealth, luck and prosperity but we made a few in different colours as well. We used all sorts of bits from our craft cupboard to decorate it but could be as simple as drawing or painting on them. You can make them as table centrepieces, or string a few of them together to make a garland of them.

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Chinese New Year

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I love any thing to do with China (especially food!). I think their art, clothes, language and architecture is beautiful. I’m really keen for the boys to learn about different traditions so this year we are going to do some Chinese New Year activities.
Chinese New Year is on Friday 31st January this year, and it is the year of the horse. It’s the most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. Houses are cleaned out to welcome in a fresh start and are traditionally decorated in red and gold to signify good fortune, wealth and happiness.
I searched the wonder that is Pinterest (follow me @activities4kidz) and have rounded up five of the best activities. We are definitely going to be having a go at these.

Firstly is this lovely egg box dragon from Spoonful. How cute is he?

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Next is this brilliant dragon paper plate puppet from DLTK

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We love handprint art so going to be trying this handprint dragon from The Crafty Crow
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This chopstick practise activity from Pre K and Sharing is a great fine motor activity.

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And finally my favourite, the Chinese lantern from Red Ted Art

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Enjoy!