Lucky for us, Chinese New year is traditionally celebrated for 15 days. The Crocker gave us a chance to enjoy crafting for the occasion. We all enjoyed ourselves making these clever and surprisingly simple projects. And from supplies that you might already have on hand. How can you go wrong?
Bodie the Snake (Linus's take on the year's black water snake) was made by wrapping yarn around a cardboard template and adding button eyes. I thought a tongue would be cute, but he told me that his snake "doesn't feel like having his tongue hanging out." Well, sure. When you say it that way.
Both kids played with these homemade toys for days. AND, they made up stories about them. Anyone need writing inspiration??
|Notice the pipe cleaner inside the potsticker-|
much easier than a wire & ribbon
Sela whipped out all of this felt food while Linus and I made a snake! That's broccoli, cauliflower, a potsticker, an eggroll, soy sauce, and a fortune cookie. With a fortune!
We took our treasures home and played, played, played. The kids made a town with two Chinese restaurants, a candy shop, and a bakery. Felt food is fun.
We finished the night by the glow of our Chinese lanterns (complete with battery-operated tea lights). Those are Mason jars, Mod Podge, red and gold tissue paper, gold pipecleaners, gold Glitter Eyelash Yarn, and gold string.
Thank you, Crocker, for another GREAT family outing!