Arts & Crafts

Easy Tissue Paper Flowers

With May Day, Cinco de Mayo, and Mother’s Day all falling in this colourful month, what better craft to spotlight than these easy tissue paper flowers! What You’ll Need: • Assorted tissue paper (approx. 12”x18”) • Scissors • Stapler Instructions: 1. Layer 6-10 pieces of tissue paper in desired color order. 2. Fold paper back and forth (accordion-style) starting at the shorter edge. 3. Find the center point. 4. Staple the center point. 5. Round the sharp corners on both

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Cardboard Castanets

In honor of Earth Day 2021, I embarked on a special project for my kodomo kiddos to incorporate the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. If 2020 brought anything, it was a plethora of cardboard boxes (thanks Amazon!) and bottle caps…..don’t ask. But this meant an opportunity for multicultural learning and instrument-making. The results were delightful and well worth the hoarding! Things you’ll need: Cardboard (cut into strips approx. 1.5″ x 4″) Glue Gun (used with adult supervision) Bottle Caps Paint

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Easy DIY Paper Lanterns

Paper lanterns are part of many festive holiday traditions around the world. From the Independence Day parades of Costa Rica to the Moon Festivals across Asia to the Yi Peng festival in Thailand, paper lanterns are cultural symbols with often spiritual meaning. This kodomo kid-friendly craft will bring light and warmth into your home! First gather two contrasting colored sheets of paper. Cut two vertical strips from the lighter colored paper. (This will be the inner “lamp” part of the lantern.)

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