Some special activities for kids
Decorative lanterns are part of the Chinese New Year season. Have youngsters make these fancy lanterns to hang around the classroom!
- 12" x 18" yellow construction paper
- red crayon
- red cellophane
Cut a 2" x 18" strip from the paper to use as a handle for the lantern.
- Use the red crayon to draw a Chinese New Year picture on the paper.
- Fold the paper in half lengthwise. Then, starting from the folded side of the paper, cut several slits. (Unfold the paper, roll it into a cylinder, and staple the edges together. Staple the handle to the top of the cylinder.)
- Crumple a piece of cellophane and stuff it in the center of the lantern.
Mixing flour with paint gives this cookie painting a realistic texture!
- white construction paper circle
- small brown construction paper triangles (chocolate chips)
- brown tempera paint
Mix a half cup of flour with one cup of paint.
- Paint the circle. Let the paint dry.
- Glue several chocolate chips onto the circle to resemble a cookie.
Students are sure to leap for this cute card collector! Ask your cafeteria director to save some of the large cans for you.
Materials for each student:
- large, empty coffee can (or a gallon-vegetable or fruit can)
- foot and arm templates (see print link)
- 3 sheets of green construction paper
- strip of green bulletin board paper
- construction paper scraps (red, white, pink)
- black crayon
- Wrap the bulletin board paper around the can and glue it in place. Fold any paper taller than the can over the top rim.
- On green construction paper, trace each foot and arm template twice; then cut out the shapes.
- To create the legs, fold another sheet of green construction paper in half and cut out a half-heart shape along the open side. Glue one foot on the pointed end of each leg; then glue the legs to the back of the can.
- Accordion-fold the base of each arm; glue the arms on the front of the can.
- Cut out and personalize a red paper heart. Glue it on the front of the can.
- Trim two white circles and draw a black dot on each one to make eyes. Glue each eye onto a slightly larger green circle before gluing both eyes on a large green circle (head). Draw a nose and mouth, then glue the head on the can. Use paper scraps to add other decorations as desired.