Description: Create paper Chinese lanterns. Discuss usage of Chinese lanterns in celebrations around the world. Explore meaning and historical significance behind decorative ornaments.
Grade level or Target Age Range: Elementary grades 1-5
Historical Art Examples or References: Photos of Chinese lanterns during traditional celebrations would be useful here. Teacher may use other traditional decorations to contrast.
Vocabulary: Chinese lanterns, celebration, light, illumination,
Materials: paper, scissors. Optional: string crayons, markers, glitter etc.
Optional: string for hanging lanterns, coloring materials such as markers and crayons. Students could also tape their lanterns to flashlights in order to illuminate their creations.
Anticipatory Set: Discuss favored holiday decorations. ‘What are your favorite holiday decorations?’ Have you ever seen a Chinese lantern? When/Where’
1. Talk about cultural uses of the Chinese lanterns (5 min)
2. Demo lantern (5-10min)
3. Add accessories (5-10 min)
4. Discuss and Share (5-10 min)
1. This is a fun way to dive into cultural understanding/sensitivity. This can also be coupled with history lessons or discussions on the Chinese New Year.
2. This lesson can also be coupled with discussions on illumination.
Younger children will need assistance with cutting and/or assembly.
Older children can assist their smaller peers, therefore making this a good group project.
This lesson is also ideal for a class that is time and/or material restricted.
Learn more about the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival at the Franklin Square in May.