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Happy Chinese New Year A Barefoot Activity For children aged 4 - 7 Using The Great Race as inspiration, create your very own Chinese lanterns to celebrate the Chinese New Year!

Let’s Begin! Read aloud the story of The Great Race. Talk about the lanterns and their role in the festival. Place your construction paper on a table. Use your ruler to measure, and your scissors to cut, 1" off the short end of your paper. Set it aside to use later as your lantern handle.

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Fold your paper in half lengthwise. Draw a line 1" from the end of the long edge of the paper opposite the folded edge. This will be the line where you stop cutting. Measure and mark lines 1" apart starting at the folded edge and moving towards the “stop cutting” line. Cut on the marked lines up to the “stop cutting” line.

Materials construction paper scissors tape stapler ruler pencil

Unfold the paper. Re-crease the paper in the opposite direction. This will hide any pencil marks. Match the long edges together on the lantern and use tape to hold it in place Staple the handle to the top of the lantern. Now your lantern is done. Happy New Year!

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