Happy Year of the Goat, everyone! 祝大家合家欢乐, 喜气洋洋, 羊年行大运!
|Matching family outfits kindly sponsored by MidouCeur|
It's 初三 today and we are still going for visiting! Still, I have not forgotten that it's the 21st of the month which means it's time for Creativity 521!
For this year's Chinese New Year celebration in school, Angel's teachers came up with this brilliant idea of asking parents and children to come up with a DIY decoration for the child to use during the Show and Tell session.
I'm not sure if the other parents were as ecstatic as I was but I definitely welcomed the idea and was excited to brainstorm about what we could make together. To me, a craft session is not just about making beautiful, or sometimes not so beautiful, creations. It's more about having fun, learning and bonding with my kid.
So, I wanted to make full use of this opportunity and hoped that through this exercise, I could teach my girl more fun facts about CNY. In the end, we decided to make our one-of-a-kind CNY Firecrackers! Did you know? Firecrackers are used to celebrate the arrival of new year and also to ward off evil spirits.
1) Empty box
2) Toilet rolls
3) Gold, red and metallic red paper
4) Calligraphy pen
5) Gold string
6) Gold ribbon
7) Gold decorative tape
8) Sticky tape
9) Double sided tape
11) Single hole punch
14) Long ruler
For those who don't know, we say that "福倒了" which means that the word 福 is upside down, which also sounds like "福到了", meaning good fortune has arrived.
It's really not that hard! We started chanting 鼠牛虎兔龙蛇马羊猴鸡狗猪 and to make it easier to memorise, we broke it down into three groups of four animals 鼠牛虎兔 / 龙蛇马羊 / 猴鸡狗猪. What amazed me was that she took less than a day to memorise the sequence by heart and had so much fun doing it. It just reminded me on how I can do more to teach my child and how she can be learning new knowledge every single day. It's only whether I try to fork out more time and put in more effort to do so.
The trickiest part was to string through the square centerpiece and to do that, I made two small holes on the top and bottom. Then I tied the string to one end of a satay stick and used it to help me poke through the holes. Secure the top of the centrepiece with a loop.
Ta-dah! Presenting our DIY firecrackers which is now hanging proudly in our house after Angel shared with her classmates about what she had learnt through this craft project. You did a most awesome job, my dear!
We sure hope everyone is having a joyous and blessed CNY celebration too!
For our DIY tutorials and craft inspiration, visit my gallery here.
To fellow bloggers who have a fun craft session, DIY tip or creative idea to share, come join in the party! Highlight and press Ctrl + C to copy my button above, include it in your post/sidebar and add your link below. I will be hosting Creativity 521 on the 5th and 21st of every month, do hop over for more inspiration. Remember: The sky's the limit when it comes to creativity!