Thursday, January 28, 2016

Chinese New Year Paper Bag Lion Masks (And a book list!)

One of the nicest things about having kids is seeing things through their eyes.  I remember loving Chinese New Year as a child.  The lion dance, the dragons, the red envelopes, the yummy food, the time spent with family... those are all the traditions and memories that I'd like to pass onto my sons as well.  Recently we've been knee deep in Chinese New Year Crafts and today's is my son's favorite so far.  We turned paper bags into our very own lion masks to wear and dance around in!

Paper Bag Lion Masks for Chinese New Year!       



Chinese New Year Paper Bag Lion Mask Kids Craft
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Our Favorite Chinese New Year Books

I love this craft because it was affordable to make and gave my son a really tangible way to celebrate his cultural heritage.  Prior to making the craft, we had already been reading books explaining the holiday.  Here are some of our favorites!


Let's Make Chinese New Year Paper Bag Lion Masks:

First, I sketched two lion faces onto the paper bags.  I also shortened the back and side portions of the paper bags so that they would fit properly over our heads.  Then, I traced over my sketches with Sharpie Markers.

Chinese New Year Paper Bag Lion Mask Kids Craft

After that, we grabbed our tempera paint and got painting!

Chinese New Year Paper Bag Lion Mask Kids Craft

Once the paint dried, we cut out openings for our eyes.   (When designing the masks, I tried to imagine where the eye openings would be and then draw around those.)





Now we've been watching a LOT of YouTube lion dance videos and we're practicing our own moves for the holiday!  Hope you have a fun time making this very easy and fun Chinese New Year Craft with your kiddos too!


Chinese New Year Paper Bag Lion Mask Kids Craft

More Chinese New Year Crafts:

If you liked this craft, then definitely check out my other Chinese New Year Kids Crafts here!

  

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Happy making!


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