Make your own Moving Fish for Chinese New Year

Celebrate the year of the rooster this year by making a fish. Yes I said fish, a fish that moves. Not a real fish, a fish made from paper.

There are many outdoor celebrations to join in on in Central London this weekend, including parades and dragon dancing. The festivities will start on the 28th January. If you can’t get up there why not join in on the festivities in the comfort of your own home and do some crafts with the children.

We found a cute little paper craft on youtube.

You will need:

  • Coloured paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • Marker pen/ felt tips

Method:

  • You will need a square piece of paper. If using an A4 piece of paper, fold over from the corner and cut off the access.

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  • Open up and fold the corners into the central line, like making an aeroplane

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  • Open up again and then fold on the central line.

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  • Make the fish head by cutting a curve from the folded line to the second fold line
  • Using the scissors, snip up to the fold line, starting from the narrow end and working your way along. Cut each snip about 0.5cm away from each other. Do not snip over the fold line. Leave a gap at the end as this is the head of the fish. We cut about 3/4 of the way across

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  • Now glue the side together to form a prism shape. Place glue on one side and fold over to the other side

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  • Now using another colour paper, cut out two fins and a tale. You can do them any shape you want. Once cut out, draw some lines on them or colour some scales and then stick them on to the fish’s’ body

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  • Using the same colour of the fish body, cut out the bottom of the mouth, glue it to the bottom

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  • Draw on some eyes or you could use googly eyes for a better effect

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Hold the tale and move your fish about.

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This activity is quick and fun. It helps the children with their fine motor skills, snipping the paper and folding the lines.

The whole craft took about 10 minutes. Grab the colouring pencils and put a design on your fish before you cut it up.

Thank you for reading. Hope you enjoy the activity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chinese New Year Celebrations

Kung Hei Fat Choy

The year of the Snake

Today is the Chinese new year and the festivities have been going on all day through out the West End of London. There was a parade that began at Trafalgar square and made its way through the streets with colourful floats to the beats of the many drums.

Chinatown was at the centre of the New Year party with Food and craft stalls lining the streets and a lion dancing snakes throughout the crowds, stopping at restaurants to wish the owners good luck for the coming year.  We was lucky to watch one of the lions dancing out side a shop, it was moving from one restaurant to another dancing to the loud drums and stopping outside the front of the shop windows and taking a red envelope that was hanging from above the shop door. Red symbolizes fire, which according to legend can drive away bad luck. The lion dance is thought to bring good luck, there are normally two dancers who have to be very fit as they move around so much, one as the head and one as the body. As the lion moves down the street he dances to drums, cymbals and gongs. He finds the Red envelope out side the shop fronts and eats it.

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Chinatown was a blaze or red decorated with lanterns, couplets and paper cutlets, the smell of incense was strong and there were many craft and food stalls to stop and look at.

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We saw dragons and lions come to life, we tasted new foods and enjoyed the festivities that Chinatown had to offer.

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20130210-221453.jpg 20130210-221436.jpgWe missed the parade but what we saw was amazing. There was so much more to see like the watching the firecracker display or listening to Paul Potts singing but it was very cold and wet and the boys had had enough and the need for some hot chocolate and warmth was much-needed.

When we came home we carried on with our own festivities and cracked open a few fortune cookies, apparently I am going fix my relationship by the end of the month, Jak and Joseph are going to settle abroad, daddy likes chocolate and Oliver is going to buy a sports car! I made a lovely Chinese meal of sweet and sour chicken and beef in oyster sauce all served up in take away tubs 🙂

20130210-222601.jpgThank you for reading our post, hope you like it 🙂

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