Chinese lanterns

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

We are getting our classroom ready to welcome the Chinese New Year.



A good luck dragon is up on wall.

Paper lanterns are hung.


Rice (cut up wool) is in the noodle boxes.


And real rice is in Chinese tea cups for scooping practice.


And I saw something new (to me) on Pinterest; Let's Go Fly a Kite made a cool Chinese New Year lantern craft with her kids.


Even though I have a couple more lantern activities in my Chinese New Year Box, the kindergarten ADHD kicked in, and I just had to do this with the kidlets.


First step was to get strips of a Chinese newspaper. Luckily in my Chinese New Year box, along with the other lantern projects, I have a Chinese newspaper that my brother sent me, oh, about 15 years ago when he lived in Hong Kong. The hoarder side of me said a very supercilious "I told you so" to the minimalist side of me. The newspaper was photocopied and cut into strips.




The strips were glued onto paper.  Let's Go Fly a Kite glued hers on so that the strips looked like high rise buildings.  That looked really good, and that's what I suggested the kidlets do.


Bless the kidlets, some of them had their own ideas.  One little artist filled his whole page with newspaper strips.  It looked stunning when it was finished.


We stamped on the lanterns with wine corks - red, gold and orange.  We didn't like the orange, and will probably stick with the gold and red next time.




A "good fortune" paper cutter for more Chinese flair. Framed in black.  They look good.








Tomorrow, we are going to sweep all our bad luck away, say farewell to the  old year and welcome in the new.




            

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    1. thank you. I get to hang out with artists.

      sandi

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  2. Oh my gosh, I love the art project - I wish I had brought home some Japanese newspapers from Hawaii at Christmas. Your dragon on the wall is adorable, need it.

    Terri
    The First Grade Princess

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    1. I did a quick google search for Chinese newspapers online.
      There were some there - so you could print some Chinese newspaper strips.
      The wall dragon is paper plates painted red with gold dots (I have 20 kids right now, so with 4 dots per plate, we have 100 dots - perfect for day 100)

      sandi

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  3. I love everything. You always do such meaningful activities with your kids. I'm impressed.

    Barbara
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

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  4. I don't think it is too late for me to celebrate! I'm going to try to incorporate some of these ideas in to my schedule for next week. Happy New Year!!
    Jenny
    Owl Things First

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    1. Chinese New Year is a 2 week celebration - Gung Hay Fat Choy

      sandi

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  5. These are sooo beautiful! Thanks for sharing! You wrote, "the kindergarten ADHD kicked in" - what an apt description! So many amazing possibilities, so little time.

    Gung Hay Fat Choy!

    Hilary

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    1. That's so right - so many wonderful things to do and experiences to enjoy with the kids, and so little time.

      sandi

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