Other than our Panda puppets we made one craft to prepare for the day and two crafts at the festival.
To decorate we made Chinese lanterns. These were very easy for Kaitlyn and Eileen loved making them with a bit of help. We followed the simple directions we found on Kaboose.
First I measured out and marked the lines for the girls. I cut Eileen’s for her and Kaitlyn cut her own.
After our first one we learned that it was much easier to decorate the lanterns before assembling them. I got out our craft bins and anything they could use to decorate their lanterns: foamies, stickers, markers, and crayons but their favourite was the glitter glue.
To assemble them all you need is a stapler and some string or wool to hang them up.
At the festival the kids did two crafts. When all the kids had arrived we made dragon puppets. I printed off a template I found online an each child coloured their own. I put out crayons for them to use and let them do any colour they wanted. After they were coloured the adults helped cut them out. At this point we realized that this pattern is rather intricate and time consuming to cut out. After cut out they were assembled using red construction paper and wooden skewers.
Our final craft was Chinese kites. I looked online for patterns for making kites and settled on a diamond kite. We followed the pattern exactly and the kids had fun making them but I don’t think they will ever actually fly. It said to use strong paper so I purchased bristol board, but I think it is too heavy. Again I got out decorating supplies and let the kids decorate their kites however they wanted. If we had more time I would have introduced the concept of the zodiac or Chinese New Year and encouraged them to use their symbols on their kites. Kaitlyn is a bit dissapointed her kite won’t fly so we are going to experiment with other materials and see what we can come up with. We did manage to find wooden sticks of bamboo in the gardening section of Canadian Tire and they worked well. We have lots left over and will use it on our new kites.
Have you every had any luck making homemade kites that fly? What are your suggestions?