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Thursday, January 30th, 2014

18 Ways to Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Crafts, Food and Children’s Books

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18 Ways to Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Crafts, Food and Children’s Books
The Lunar New Year (also known as the Chinese New Year, Tet in Vietnam and Seollal in Korea) is the most celebrated holiday of the year across many Asian countries. The New Year flushes out the old and welcomes in the new, making space for happiness, wealth, luck and longevity. It’s a time to spend with friends and relatives and stresses the importance of family ties. 
In the days before the New Year, people begin “spring” cleaning. The old is swept away to clear room for the coming year’s good fortune.  Read more »

Tanabata Craft: Wish Tree (Tanzaku)

Tanabata is the Japanese star festival. It's a time when people make wishes for the year ahead.  Read more »

Baba Marta Day Craft: Martenitsa and More

In Bulgaria, March 1 is Baba Marta Day. Baba Marta--Grandmother March--is the mythical personification of the change from winter to spring, and she is just as changeable as the weather can be at this time of year! To appease and honor her, Bulgarians wear a martenitsa, red-and-white talismans usually made of yarn, in the form of bracelets or of little dolls.  Read more »

Dragon Craft from Paper Plates

Materials 4 white paper plates Paint—you definitely need some red Streams or tissue paper Pom poms for eyes Pipe cleaners Construction paper Stapler, glue   Instructions Let your kids paint each of the 4 papers plates in different colors.  Read more »

Nirvana Day Craft: Lotus Flower

Nirvana Day is a Mahayana Buddhist holiday commemorating the death of the Buddha. It is observed on February 8 or 15. Nirvana is the idyllic spiritual condition, the ultimate goal of a Buddhist. The day itself is spent in meditation, reflecting upon those who have more recently died, and special food preparations are made. Sometimes gifts of money or clothing are exchanged.  Read more »

Lunar New Year Craft: Balloon Lantern

Inspired by this amazing photo of Chinese New Year decorations, we set out to make lanterns for the Lunar New Year. Ours is a faux lantern as it’s purely decorative and not made to house a candle. Source: Flickr –zTransmissions Materials: Balloon (inflated and knotted; the color doesn’t matter as you will take the balloon out at the end) Tissue paper (red is traditional) Glue Paint brushes Red or yellow ribbon Scissors Instructions: 1.  Read more »

Japanese New Year Game: Fukuwarai

Fukuwarai, roughly translated as lucky laugh, is a traditional Japanese game played during the New Year's celebration. It's both educational and fun and aren't those the best type of games? One player is blindfolded and has to place the features on a blank face as the other players coach him/her. The object of the game is to place all the paper cutouts in the shape of the eyes, nose, and mouth on the face.  Read more »

Three Kings Craft: Make a Crown

The Three Kings, also known as the three wise men, tres magos or tres reyes, historically walked to Bethlehem over 12 days. To commemorate the Three Kings, make some crowns. All kids like dressing up, especially as royalty, so indulge their pretend play aspirations. Materials Any color construction paper or poster board Any shiny materials you have around the house and/or fake jewels Ribbon Glue Instructions 1.  Read more »

Diwali Craft: Make a Lantern

Materials: Brightly colored tissue paper (in the spirit of Diwali) Sequins or glitter Glue and Q-tip to apply it Scissors Clear glass jar (transparent) Craft wire (or even heavier string could work) Beads Small candle Instructions: Cut the tissue paper into small pieces--depending on your child's age, they could also do this step.  Read more »

Day of the Dead Craft: Papel Picado

Papel picado (perforated paper) is a popular Mexican folk art crafted out of tissue paper. This delicate and colorful art decorates home and streets during the Day of the Dead celebration. While many of the designs can be very intricate, with skeletons, birds, angels, words, the sun, flowers and more, you can make simple ones at home with your children in much the same way you would make snowflakes.  Read more »

Gullah Fan for Kids

One of the early things my husband and I realized in parenting our African-American daughter, was how regional and varied "African-American Studies" could be, from state to state and region to region. Here in historic Philadelphia, there are points of reference that are de rigeur for a Philadelphia school’s program, and they are usually related to this city’s history.  Read more »

Ramadan Craft: Star and Moon Banner

This year is the first I have gotten serious about Ramadan decorations. Now that my girls are three and five, they have a much greater understanding of holidays. My five-year-old gets excited by crafts and decorating and was eagerly looking forward to our Ramadan preparations.   My plan this year is to fill every window with stars and moons and decorate our doorways too.  Read more »

Lotus Lanterns for Wesak (Buddha Day)

Wesak, Buddha's birthday, is celebrated differently in various Asian and predominantly Buddhist countries. Wesak is tracked on the lunisolar calendar, and this year falls on the fifth of May, which is also Korean Children's Day. Paper lanterns shaped like lotus flowers are a common component of the incredible lantern festivals on the Buddha's birthday in Korea, where the holiday is called 석가 탄신일 (Seokga tansinil) "Buddha's birthday" or sometimes 부처님 오신 날 (Bucheonim osin nal) "The Day When Buddha Came.  Read more »

Korean Drum Craft

My kids love their sogo drums and love watching groups of Korean preschoolers perform onstage for their families using these user-friendly “lollipop” drums. When we decided to run a sogo workshop for kids at the community cultural exchange on South street in Philadelphia, our first challenge was: how can we MAKE a sogo with kids that they can then play right away? One that is not dripping with paint? We also wanted a low price point for materials.  Read more »

Craft a Kid’s Mask For Beltane

Celebrated on May 1st, Beltane is celebrated in Gaelic and pagan cultures as the beginning of the summer season. Flowers, fertility--and fire!--are motifs of Beltane, and a ribboned Maypole is one of the more recognizable elements of a Beltane festival. Woven ribbon headbands or flower wreaths are also easy, festive ways to acknowledge this ancient holiday.  Read more »

Polish Easter Craft: Palma-Wycinanka

In Poland, palms for Palm Sunday are made from pussy willows, and increasingly, colorfully painted straw flowers. These beautiful arrangements can be purchased from street vendors as well as in grocery stores. You can also dye and weave your own. This colorful craft was adapted from a Polish Easter craft book* and uses another Polish tradition of cutting paper into intricate designs.  Read more »

Turkish Mosaic Craft for Kids

As the mom of two Turkish-American boys, I’m always on the lookout for ways to expose my kids to their Turkish heritage, especially the amazing arts and crafts. From miniature paintings to marbled paper, hand-woven kilims, carpets, ceramics and mosaics, Turkish artists have a long tradition of creating stunning art. But living in rural Connecticut, we don’t often see real-life examples of arts and crafts from that part of the world.  Read more »

Nowruz Craft: Sprouts in Eggshells

Editors Note: One of the items found on the Haft Sin table for the Persian New Year is sprouted grains. There are many different types of sprouts you can make. What follows is a fun craft project with kids since these seeds germinate quickly so kids can watch the growth almost daily.   Materials: 12 eggs Cotton dish towel Sprayer or mister Grains such as wheat, mung beans, or lentils (Depending on which you use, the resulting sprouts look different.  Read more »

Holi Craft: Straw Painting

Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colors, commemorates the beginning of spring and religious traditions. Bonfires begin the festival, but the most popular and joyful aspect of the holiday comes the following day when people of all ages throw colored powders (gulal) and spray colored water (rang) at each other.  If you would like an alternative to this messy (but awesome) tradition, there are a number of creative art options to try, such as splatter painting, finger painting and colored sand art.  Read more »

St. David’s Day Craft: Felted Wool Leeks

St. David is the patron saint of Wales and his feast day falls on March 1 . This day is called Dydd Gŵyl Dewi in Welsh, and on it--as on a number of other days in the Welsh calendar--children take part in Eisteddfodau, festival days of music and performance, as well as what may well be a precursor to the poetry slam. A traditional emblem of St. David's Day is the leek.  Read more »

Ayyam-i-Ha Craft: Make a Bird Feeder

Ayyam-i-Ha is the Baha’i yearly four-day celebration from February 26 through March 1. The holiday means the “Days of Ha.” “Ha” is an Arabic word meaning “the essence of God” so it can be roughly translated as “honoring the essence of God.” Because Ayyam-i-Ha does not have specific celebration rituals attached to it, there is no limit to the things you can do with your children to honor the essence of God.  Read more »

Carnival Craft: Make a Float

No matter where you celebrate Carnival, be it Brazil or Trinidad, there will always be a street parade. Often these parades include not only costumed participants and music but elaborate floats. You can have your own parade by creating mini-floats at home. Each float can have a theme or just include carnival colors and decorations.  Make one together or have each family member create their own and award each a ribbon for its design.  Read more »

Imbolc Craft: St. Brigid’s Cross

Originally a pagan holiday, Imbolc evolved from a celebration of the goddess Brigid (later Christianized as St. Brigid) in the Middle ages. Brigid is the Gaelic goddess of poetry, healing and smithcraft. Today it is celebrated across Ireland and Scotland and in some pagan communities globally. One common craft for St. Brigid’s Day/Imbolc is to make St.  Read more »

Winter Solstice Craft: Egg Box Snake

Snakes are an important symbol for the Hopi Indians and make an appearance during the winter solstice ceremony, called Soyal. Although information about many of the Hopi rituals is scarce and hard to verify since so many ritual dances are closed to the public, tribal chiefs are said to make offerings and prayers to an effigy of a black plumed snake during the winter solstice, (although the main Hopi snake celebration is in August).  Read more »

St. Nicholas Craft: Your Own Krampus to Keep Kids in Line

Krampus, the "devil of Christmas,” is believed to accompany St. Nicholas/Nikolas in December in the Alpine regions. Krampus is depicted as a horned devil figure, often in chains, with black fur and a long red tongue. Krampus threatens to whip children who misbehave but can also take back their presents, throw them in a sack or carry them off into the woods to eat them.  Read more »

St. Nicholas Craft: Paper Shoe

By Carol Baicker-Mckee Children across Europe leave their shoes out on St. Nicholas day for St. Nicholas to come and fill them with candy. This is a fun craft which can double as a neat decoration or gift "box" in the spirit of St. Nicholas Day. Materials: Printed copy of the template, which is available as a pdf here Lightweight cardboard (I used some from an empty cereal box) Scrap paper (I used the insides of security envelopes, which I am absolutely addicted to these days--I have fits if anyone rips the envelopes when opening bills) Good glue, like Alene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue (and no, Alene's does not give me any kind of a kickback for mentioning their glues) Scissors Pencil for tracing the patterns Instructions: 1.  Read more »

Eid Craft: Star and Moon Card

Materials: Construction paper- at least 2 different colors Glitter Scissors Star and moon shapes Glue Pencil or pen Instructions: 1. Use cookie cutters or draw and cut a master copy of a star and moon. Have the kids trace stars and moons onto a piece of construction paper. 2. Let the kids cut the shapes themselves or cut for them. 3. Glue the shapes to a piece of construction paper, folded in half to make a card.  Read more »

Fall Picture Frame from Fallen Leaves

Take your kids for a walk outside and collect some leaves in the spirit of fall! Materials: Newspaper Paint and paintbrush Paper Leaves Ruler or anything that can be used to draw a straight line Instructions: 1. Collect some freshly fallen leaves, not yet too brittle. 2. Allow the leave to flatten overnight between the pages of a book. 3.  Read more »

Ethiopian-Inspired Craft: Geometric Stamps

Geometric shapes in Ethiopian art trace back to 14th century Christian art, with geometric patterns found on crosses. The use of geometric patterns continues today appearing in popular forms like basket weaving. This craft takes inspiration from Ethiopian geometric patterns and encourages kids to make their own geometric art. Materials: Fruits or veggies like apples, limes, oranges, potatoes that can be cut into triangles Any other household objects that have a geometric pattern (bottom of egg cartons, pencil tops, beads, cheerios, etc.  Read more »

5 Perfect Crafts for Ramadan

InCultureParent presents some of our favorite ideas from some very crafty Mamas for Ramadan crafting and decorating with our kids. 1. Moon Flashcards Ramadan is a great time to introduce little ones to some basic ideas about science and for older ones to become more familiar with how our solar system functions. These flashcards are perfect for teaching kids about the different phases of the moon.  Read more »

Peruvian craft: Make a Mask

A mask is a must for celebrating the Virgen del Carmen. Make your own fun mask out of a plastic milk jug and other items you have around the house already. Crafts that use recycled materials get an A++ in our book.   Materials: Plastic milk or water jug Yarn or string Masking tape Paints, permanent marker, feathers, etc. to decorate Paint brush Scissors   Instructions: Carefully cut off the handle section of the plastic jug.  Read more »

Mongolian Matching Game

Mongolian children have traditionally played many different games using animal bones. One common game is the first player gathers all the bones (usually ankle bones of goat, sheep and horses) and throws them on a flat surface. The player then looks for pairs of matching bones and flicks one of the matching bones to hit the other matching bone. If they touch any other bone, then they lose their turn.  Read more »

Midsummer Craft: Sun Catchers

What better way to celebrate Midsummer than making a sun-inspired craft. These sun catchers will look awesome on your windows and your kids will love watching the sun filter through them.     Materials: Black poster board or construction paper Wax paper Scissors Crayons Grater Glue     Instructions: 1. Trace a sun on a piece of paper, around a plate, onto black paper.  Read more »

Make a Snowy Owl

A popular symbol of Quebec is the snowy owl (the national bird). To celebrate St. Jean Baptiste day, let’s make something fun and representative of Quebec.   Materials: 1 regular-size paper plate 1 dessert-size paper plate Cotton balls or white feathers (or even both) Scraps of yellow and brown construction paper Black pen Glue Scissors   Instructions: 1.  Read more »

Vesak Craft: Make a Paper Lantern

A popular craft for kids on Vesak is making a lantern. This is a craft for a simple one below but you can go more elaborate with different colored paper, ribbons and streamers if you desire! Materials: Popsicle sticks (or an easy alternative requiring no glue is bendy straws that fit together) Glue (a hot glue gun works best) Piece of cardboard String Tissue paper, any color (or another type of thin paper) Instructions: This craft is traditionally done using bamboo.  Read more »

Korean Craft: Make a Traditional Sam Taeguk Fan

The Sam Taeguk symbol is found on traditional Korean fans. It is a variation of the Taeguk symbol found on the Korean national flag. The Taeguk is comprised of two colors, red and blue. The red represents heaven and the blue represents earth. The symbol represents harmony similar to a yin yang symbol. The Sam Taeguk includes yellow to represent humanity.  Read more »

Easter Craft: Design and Dye Eggs (Naturally)

Dyeing Easter eggs is one of the most popular Easter traditions, found in many parts of the Christian world. Here's an American way to decorate eggs that I learned growing up, with the twist of using natural dyes.   Materials: Candle and matches Natural dyeing agents (red cabbage, turmeric, beets) Pot White vinegar Salt Strainer Small bowls Eggs Large metal spoon Paper towels Drying rack   Instructions: 1  Read more »

Vaisakhi Craft: Make a Flag

One element of the celebration of Vaisakhi is a parade. A fun thing for kids to do is make their own Nishan Sahib, the Sikh holy flag, to carry in the parade. The Nishan Sahib has an Adi Shakti on it, which is the symbol of the Sikhs.   Materials: A rectangle of white construction paper Orange paper A print out of an Adi Shakti (included below) A stick or rod about 1 1/2 feet long Scissors, glue and strong tape   Instructions: Cut the white poster board into a rectangle, about the size of a piece of printer paper, to use as the base of your flag.  Read more »

Holi Crafts: Messy Paint and Hand-Traced Flowers

Let your kids get messy and colorful in the spirit of Holi. A large paint canvas or poster board will do. And let them go to town with their hands, brushes if they desire, and paints. We have created a couple paintings for our house like this.   Craft 1: Make a Painting   Materials: Canvas or poster board (large!) Paint   Instructions: First, change the kids into old clothes that you don't mind getting ruined.  Read more »

Ayyam-i-Ha Craft: Advent Style Banner

Ayyam-i-Ha is the time of the year for gift giving, celebrating and performing acts of charity. Here's an advent type banner with 4 pockets--1 for each day of Ayyam-i-Ha that one crafty mama created for Ayyam-i-Ha. Each morning her kids wake up to a surprise. This post has been reprinted with permission from Carrie over at Tao Of Craft.   Materials: Felt in coordinating pieces Rainbow strip of fabric (or make your own from different color felt strips) Fabric glue Pinking sheers (if you want a pinked edge) Baha'i star template ~ You can download it HERE   Instructions: 1.  Read more »

5 Crafts for the Chinese New Year

There were so many adorable and fun crafts for the Chinese New Year, it was impossible to pick only one to showcase this month. So InCultureParent has put together an overview of some of the best crafts we found for the Chinese New Year. They range from very easy (fingerprint cherry blossoms) to medium-difficulty (dragon mask) and many can be made with materials from around the house (e.  Read more »

Armenian Craft: Weave a Carpet

More than its rich history, artists or cuisine, Armenia is probably best known for its carpets. While carpets are not synonymous with Armenian Christmas, they do represent something typically Armenian, so this month's craft is to weave a carpet. This is a fun project for kids and also good for fine motor skills. Materials Scissors Glue Various types and colors of paper Instructions 1.  Read more »

Hanukkah Craft: Candle Magnets

By Carolyn Lanzkron Here's a quick and easy Hanukkah craft for kids. We made Hanukkah candle magnets by painting a couple of those promotional business card magnets that seem to breed behind our refrigerator. Materials: 2 junk mail magnets (you can always buy the magnets if your junk mail supply runs low) Paint Scissors Instructions: Cut one magnet horizontally into nine candles--8 Hanukkah candles + 1 for the shamash (the central candle on a Menorah used to light the other candles).  Read more »
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