The Chinese Lantern Festival is a Chinese festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunisolar Chinese calendar. It marks the final day of the traditional Chinese New Year celebrations, and falls on March 2nd in 2018. During the Lantern Festival, children carry paper lanterns and go out at night. People also go to temples to solve riddles on the lanterns.
Duration: 8-10 minutes
Learning Outcomes: Explore cultural traditions and symbols. Practice folding and taping. Exercise Fine motor skills. Create a take-home craft.
- R22021 Color-In Chinese Lanterns
- R5839 Texture Rubbing plates or R5841 Optical Illusion Rubbing Plates
- Use your own imagination and add some decorations to the lanterns.
- To add complexity to your design, fold the slotted tube at the top of one or both ends of the slots. Affix it to the internal cylinder. Alternatively, after taping one end of the cylinder in place, rotate the slotted tube and tape to the bottom of the cylinder. This will give your lantern a spiral look.
Today the lanterns are very popular, not for practical reasons, but for the symbolic role they play in ceremonies and celebrations. Light up your classroom with these wonderful paper lanterns!
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