Since Chinese New Year is just round the corner, the girl and I decided that our first craft project of the year will be based on Chinese New Year theme. We had already made a Chinese Zodiac wreath, some ugly Chinese lanterns, a few Chinese Dragon puppets in the past, so this year we wanted to make something different. Something that I have always wanted to try making but didn’t have the chance until now i.e. a Chinese lion head that the children can dance with!
The girl performing lion dance.
The difficult part of this craft is the design of the lion’s face. the girl wanted a lioness, so we had to soften the fierce look of the lion and try to ‘beautify’ it. It wasn’t easy because we had a masculine- looking ‘rectangular face’ to work with, but in the end I think we did just fine. Both of us are pleased with the end product and she already decided to bring it to her ‘Show & Tell’ this Friday.:)
Material used :
carton box (recycle)
construction papers (or recycle used wrapping papers from Christmas presents)
colorful pipe cleaners
cotton buds (about 6)
cloth or towel – for the lion tail
I think by looking at the end product, the instructions are pretty self-explanatory so I will not type them out here. (I’m just too lazy la!) But if you need any help in making this craft, just leave me a message in the comment box.
By the way, do you know that Chinese believes loud lion dance can evict bad/evil spirits and the dance is usually performed during Chinese New Year to usher an auspicious new year? So I plan to play the loud Chinese New Year music and let my wild little lion dancers dance their hearts out on the first day of Lunar New Year at home!
*Dong dong Chiang Dong Dong Chiang!*
*Dong Dong Chiang Dong Chiang Dong Chiang! *
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See our other Chinese New Year craft here!