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Learn about Chinese culture, celebrations, and traditional symbolic writing then include characters and images in an original paper lantern decoration.
Students explore the Chinese lunar calendar and its associated animal (2002, horse; 2003, sheep; 2004, monkey; 2005, rooster). Discover how and when the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival is celebrated by Chinese people around the world.
Students find out how to make a few Chinese characters that symbolize words that are meaningful to them. There are more than 47,000 symbols in the language, so use a Chinese speaker, dictionary, or Web site for assistance.
Cover the work surface with recycled newspaper. Paint a Chinese animal figure (perhaps the current year or the one of your birth) on a large rectangular sheet of construction paper using Crayola® Washable Tempera and Paint Brushes.
Paint Chinese characters around the figure. Make characters using different brush angles and pressures. Dry overnight.
Fold the painting in half, lengthwise. On the folded edge, and perpendicular to the fold, cut evenly spaced slits in the painting with Crayola® Scissors. The cuts should end approximately 2 inches (5 cm) before the edge of the paper.
Unfold the painting. Using Crayola® Glue Sticks, glue one of the short sides to the other, creating a cylinder. Spread the slits at the fold, creating a lantern effect.
Attach a handle to the lantern, using a strip of paper and glue stick.
This powerful diorama pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrate his historic civil rights speech on the step
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