Japanese Entry Gate

Japanese Entry Gate craft

The Torii (Shinto gate) is a familiar symbol of Japan. What does this gate mean and where is it found in Japan?

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    Research Japan's islands, spotlighting the country's culture, symbols, and traditions. Making your own Torii will help you remember what you are learning about Japanese people and culture.

  • 2.

    With Crayola® Scissors, cut two slits opposite each other, about the length of your thumb, on each of two cardboard tubes.

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    Cut a piece of light cardboard as wide as these slits and as long as the cardboard tubes. Slide the cardboard through all four slits of the cardboard tubes to form an H shape or crossbar.

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    Flatten a third cardboard tube. Use Crayola School Glue to attach it to the tops of the two cardboard tubes, closest to the H crossbar, to form a roof.

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    Cut one smaller piece of cardboard as wide as the crossbar of your H. Glue it to the back of the crossbar and to the Torii roof.

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    Cover your work area with newspaper. Paint your Torii with Crayola Washable Kid's Paint and Crayola Paint Brushes. Dry.

  • 7.

    When your Torii is dry, decorate it with another color of paint. Dry.

  • 8.

    Add Crayola Glitter Glue accents.