I like using projects year after year. It makes my life easier. This is especially true with holiday projects. There are so many other things to do and update each year, that it’s impossible to keep up. My friend, who teaches kindergarten, recently shared this idea:
In the spirit of working smarter (not harder), I created this graphic organizer to be used year after year, no matter what animal is the animal of the year for Chinese New Year! After talking about what Chinese New Year is, have the kids draw a picture of that year’s animal, and then write ideas about what that animal can do, has and is (see my friend’s example above).
I love these paper lanterns. When we lived in China, there were lots of lanterns all over the place during Chinese New Year. They’re a great craft to make with kids. Here’s my tutorial on how to make them out of construction paper. Click on each image to enlarge the image.
You’ll need a sheet of construction paper. Cut off a strip from the side (the long length) so it can he used as the handle.
Fold it in half “hot dog style.”
Then fold up the edges…
…so that it looks like this.
turn it sideways (so the opening is away from your stomach). Then make several cuts up to the fold, about an inch apart/
Fold the open sides towards each other, making a circle with the corners touching.
It will look like this when you’re holding it.
Staple or tape the edges at the top and bottom.
It should be able to stand up on its own. Then grab your strip to be used as a handle.
Attach the handle at the top using tape or staples. Ta-da! Finished paper lantern!
Each year, my good friend, Cortney, does a presentation for elementary school kids about Chinese New Year. She was nice enough to let me share this Chinese New Year PowerPoint presentation with you. It explains the basics of the holiday and has pictures to go with it.