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Paper lanterns have long been a part of Chinese culture.  Read the following excerpt on paper lanterns (or have an adult help you read it) to learn more about the history of these beautiful lanterns.
http://www.historyoflamps.com/lantern-history/history-of-paper-lanterns/

Now that you know a little bit more, it’s time to create a lantern of your own.  There are three videos below, each one is a little more difficult. Start off with the easy lantern, then challenge yourself to the more complex ones.  All you need for this craft is some paper (colored or white), a pair of scissors and either glue, tape or a stapler!

Liven up your living space by creating several Chinese paper lanterns and hanging them from a string.  Get creative with the process, ask yourself these questions:

  • What other kind of paper could I use?
  • What else could I use to decorate the lantern?
  • Could I put a Chinese symbol on the lantern?
  • How could I make it look like there was a fire inside?
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