Paper Chinese Lanterns

Autumn Moon Festival is a time for family and friends together.

So when the kids need something to do I have a book, coloring page and a fun paper lanterns to make while waiting for the Moon… Lisa

Supplies for Lanterns

  • Colored paper— Bright color scrap book or construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape or stapler
  • String or twine for hanging lanterns
  • Optional: Markers
  1. Start with rectangular sheet of paper. Cut a strip of paper from the long edge of the paper (about 1″ width). This will be used as the handle of the lantern.
  2. Fold the paper in half lengthwise. Cut strips crosswise: cut from the folded edge towards the raw edge. Be careful to keep the strips connected and do not cut each strip off.
  3. Unfold the paper.
  4. Loop the paper around to form a tube. Join the short ends of the paper together with tape or staples.
  5. Tape or staple on the handle made in step 1 and you’re done! You can make many of them and string them together – use a small piece of tape to keep them equal distance from one another.

Color Page

Kids Book ”

In these charming volumes, Little Mei asks her grandfather about each of the four different Chinese celebrations represented.

He tells her the stories of Nian and the monster Xi (Chinese New Year); Qu Yuan, a patriotic poet who loved his kingdom (Dragon Boat Festival); the Jade Emperor of Heaven who ordered the earth to be destroyed by fire (Lantern Festival); and Hou Yi who shot down the suns (Mid-Autumn Festival).

In Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival Little Mei wants to know why her family members have all come together this evening. Grandpa tells her the story of Hou Yi who shot down the suns and his wife, Chang’e, who floats to the moon. Includes a quick recipe for moon cakes.

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