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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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“Black (Bean) Day” Korean Noodles

Black Day is April 14th and is a South Korean holiday for all of the single people who were slighted on the 14th of the previous months—Valentine’s Day (Feb 14) and White Day (Mar 14). Although more of an “unofficial” holiday, it is customary to mark the occasion by eating jajangmyeon, traditional noodles in black bean sauce. Why not give our vegetarian-friendly version a try! INGREDIENTS 1- 8oz. package dry udon noodles (or Chinese noodles) 1 tablespoon sesame oil 1 medium onion (finely

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Green (Tea!) Qingtuan Dumplings

During the Qingming Festival celebrated by the Han Chinese, families travel to the graves of their ancestors and decorate the tombs with flowers and offerings of food—such as qingtuan dumplings.  While traditionally these dumplings contain mugwort leaves to give them their vibrant green color, we’ve opted for using matcha green tea powder instead.  And for those who might not be able to find adzuki red bean paste at their local Chinese/Asian market, we’ve also substituted canned kidney beans for this recipe.  

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Swedish Waffles (Frasvåfflor)

March 25th is Waffle Day in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark! Waffle Day is also the Feast of the Annunciation, upon which waffles are typically eaten. The shift from the religious celebration to Waffle Day occurred because the Swedish Vårfrudagen, meaning “Our Lady’s Day” (the Feast of the Annunciation), sounds similar to Våffeldagen (”waffle day”) in faster speech. So over time Swedes began calling it Waffle Day and celebrating by eating waffles! INGREDIENTS: • 100 g melted butter (+ some for

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