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A Fan of Chinese New Year

A Fan of Chinese New Year

Pin It 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. Pin It Materials: One sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper markers scissors paste two craft sticks tape Pin It Directions: 1. Cut the paper in half, length-wise, so you now have two pieces of 11″ paper. Glue the paper … Read entire article »

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Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration!

Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration!

Pin It We had a lot of fun at a Chinese New Year Celebration this weekend! My kids especially loved the lion dancers (in the Southern style). Before we went, we made red envelopes to feed the lions: Pin It In addition to the lion dancers, there was also a demonstration of traditional Japanese drumming: Pin It For the last number, there was audience participation! Pin It Afterwards there was a cute dragon hand print craft in honor of the year of the … Read entire article »

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Chinese New Year Dragon Puppet

Chinese New Year Dragon Puppet

Last year we made a dragon with paper loops. This year I thought we would try a puppet! It looks perhaps a bit too snake-like. I think next year we’ll try again with something around the head…maybe more ribbons? Or possibly I will just a make a template? Pin It Materials: red paper white paper red and gold paint cardboard tube (toilet paper tube) googly eyes ribbon craft sticks gold  crayon or marker glue scissors Directions: 1. Cut a mouth in the cardboard tube. Pin It Pin It 2. Paint! Then let … Read entire article »

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Chinese New Year Dragon

Chinese New Year Dragon

Pin It Happy New Year! What? I’m late for the New Year?  Not if it is Chinese New Year we’re celebrating! If you’ve ever had the chance to enjoy a Chinese New Year celebration, you know how rich the tradition is! In anticipation of the start of the Year of the Rabbit on February 3, we made paper chain dragons: Materials construction paper googly eyes feathers tape glue Directions: 1. Cut paper into 1 inch wide strips. 2. Tape two ends of a strip together to form a … Read entire article »

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