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A Fan of Chinese New Year

Most school kids know how to make folding fans out of a piece of paper. This Chinese New Year, I wanted to make the type of round folding fans that open in a circle for our craft. They are almost as simple and even more fun.


  • One sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper
  • markers
  • scissors
  • paste
  • two craft sticks
  • tape


1. Cut the paper in half, length-wise, so you now have two pieces of 11″ paper. Glue the paper end to end to make one long sheet of paper.

2. Decorate the paper as you wish. My eldest two drew a dragon eating lai see. My two and a half year old proudly scribbled in red. He says it is a dragon, too.

3. Accordion fold the paper.

4. Tape the bottom of the folded fan together.

5. Glue a craft stick to each side of the fan.

Have fun!

Educational Connections:

  • Culture: Find out about the Chinese fan.
  • Art: Learn about some of the motifs in Chinese decorative arts.
  • Culture: Each Chinese Year is represented by an animal on a 12-year zodiacal cycle.  What your Chinese astrological sign?
  • Culture: Which Chinese traditions are supposed to clear out bad luck from the previous year?  Which traditions welcome luck and prosperity for the New Year?  Do you have any similar New Year’s traditions?
  • Home Arts: How do families of Chinese heritage prepare their homes for the New Year?  What does this represent?
  • Home Arts: Make some of the traditional Chinese New Year dishes.
  • Field Trip: See if a cultural center or neighborhood near you is celebrating Chinese New Year and if guests are welcome.
  • Mathematics: The Chinese New Year arrives on a different day of the Western calendar each year.  Why is that?
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Candace Lindemann, Yale, BA, Harvard Graduate School of Education, EdM, is an educational consultant and published writer. She enjoys new learning experiences with her children, ages 6 and 4 and 1.5.

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