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Cardboard Tube Lanterns

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The Lunar New Year is just a couple of weeks away. Last week, we shared with you our paper plate hand fans. If you enjoyed those, you might want to try this simple idea as well.   If you have an old cardboard tube and some paint kicking around, you can make one today to welcome in the Year of the Rooster.

Toilet paper roll Chinese Lanterns for the Lunar New Year or Tet. USe recyclable cardboard tubes for this pretty arts and crafts project for kids.

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Cut an old paper towel tube into thirds or use a single toilet paper tube. Paint the inside of the tube and the outside in the color or colors of your choice and let dry. Paint or use markers to make a design for your lantern. We used Sharpies to draw simple branches with flowers. Let the paint and/or markers dry completely before going to the next step.

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Paper Plate Hand Fans

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While everyone just finished welcoming in the New Year, my family and I are awaiting another New Year’s celebration.  January 28th is the Chinese Lunar New Year and for my Vietnamese family it is Tết .
Painted Paper Plate Hand Fans. Great for Chinese Lunar New Year or Vietnamese Tet. Kid's & preschooler cultural arts and crafts ideas.

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I have been talking to my daughter about the upcoming holiday, so over the weekend, we made some crafts to help ring in the New Year. I can remember being a little girl and loving my mother’s beautiful hand fans. I thought that making some of our own would be a fun project that my 4 year old would enjoy.

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Year Of The Monkey Paper Plate Craft

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Chinese New Year, Year of the monkey paper plate mask craft for kids

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I am half Vietnamese. When our daughter was born, it was important to me that to be able to teach her a little bit about that part of her culture.

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That is why I love family gatherings & holidays with my family. She gets to enjoy the food, listen to the language & observe the traditions. Next month, we will celebrate the Lunar New Year. We will welcome in the year of the monkey.

If you are born in the Year of The Monkey, you’re said to possess characteristics such as curiosity, cleverness, and mischievousness. You are also considered to be a bit of a practical joker.

To learn more about the Chinese zodiac animals, check out Chinese Zodiac Animals.

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Since we love paper plate masks, we decided to add another to our collection.

Paper Plate Year of the Monkey Mask

Sketch out the shape of your monkey’s face.

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Paint inside the shape with a light brown and paint outside the shape in dark brown & let dry.

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When the paint is dried, cut ears out of construction paper, glue the ears and googly eyes onto your plate. Draw in your nose & mouth. Glue a Popsicle stick to the bottom of your mask.

Paper Plate Monkey Mask craft for kids

We added a few festive embellishments to our monkey using a silver marker.

Chinese New Year, Year of the monkey paper plate mask craft for kids

Mai began her monkey the same as me, but then decided that my monkey needed food instead and painted a plate of bananas with Nutella.  The monkey was grateful.

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