Schools these days expect kids to complete projects that are extremely difficult for their age. So, a lot of times, parents end.up.doing those or they hire someone to do it for them.
Last week, my 5 year old.daughter was asked to make a lantern for the Mid Autumn Moon Festival celebrations at her school. As the lanterns started coming in, I noticed the lanterns to be extremely compliand probably too difficult for my 5 year old tpanage even if I helped. Choosing any of those designs would have meant that in fact I would have to do most of the work. That was not something I was willing to do because I wanted my daughter to contribute in a meaningful way in this project.
A search on the internet led me to am extremely simple design which only required paper of different colors, glue stick and scissors. Thats it.
Steps to follow:
- Take a colored piece of paper, make some design on which woud be easy to cut.
- Once done, roll the paper into a cylinder and stick the ends with glue stick.
- Take another paper, draw parallel lines on it (I drew the lines) leaving a little space on both ends and cut along those lines (my daughter did all.te cutting). We also made holes using a punching machine. My daughter had a lot of fun doing this.
- Roll up this piece of paper on the cylinder.
- Cut and paste the handle to enable easy holding.
Actually, I was quite happy with how it turned out and it only took us around half an hour to get it done.
I think I will be making more of these lanterns with the kids, especially for Eid celebrations at home.
Do try these at home with kids and let me know what you think.