Diy lantern making for kids: 9 ideas to try this mid


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Lanterns play a couple of important roles during the Mid-Autumn Festival. They’re both a beautiful source of light during what’s typically an outdoor evening celebration và a traditional toy that kids love parading around under the moonlight.

Of course, if you have the time, I’d recommend making lanterns yourself at trang chủ with the kids. It’s a really fun family activity that lets your creativity go wild without being too complicated. In other words, your chances for success are high. In China, lantern making is a traditional art và a favorite activity in school classrooms during the days leading up lớn the Mid-Autumn Festival.


You won’t be alone, however, if you choose to buy a lantern instead. These days, you’re just as likely to lớn see action figures, Hello Kitty và other children’s icons on the night of the Mid-Autumn Festival, as you are to see more traditional horses, fish và rabbits. Lights are powered by batteries, as frequently as they are by candles. Buying a Mid-Autumn Festival lantern can be a great time saver.

Here in the United States, it’s difficult to find the colorful lanterns made from cellophane và wire that you’ll see in China. However, it is possible khổng lồ find lanterns online that are faithful to some more traditional elements, if you look hard enough. Here are some of my favorites.


Chinese Paper LanternsBy XimicoThis paper accordion lantern thiết kế is both very simple và quite traditional. You’ll see these all over Chinese cities around Mid-Autumn Festival time (like the little girl in the post header). Just drop in a candle, attach a stick with a string and you’re ready to go.To buy: $9,


Round rồng LanternBy Asian HomeThis round lantern is very traditional, in the sense that it’s round like the moon và decorated with an animal symbol, in this case a dragon, for good luck. You’d accomplish the same thing with a lantern decorated with horses, fish or rabbits.

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To buy: $8,


Craft màu sắc LanternsBy Alex ToysThese lanterns may be my favorite of the bunch, because they allow you both save time and preserve a DIY spirit by letting the kids do some decorating themselves. When you’re done, you’ll have a great lantern in need of only a candle and a stick.To buy: $10,


Inflatable Bag of LightBy Global Matter WingThese lanterns are representative of new modern designs you’ll see around major Chinese cities. They’re plastic, solar-powered & fully reusable from year lớn year.To buy: $16,


Thomas the Tank Engine Mini LanternBy SchyllingThough traditionalists may scoff, the most contemporary Mid-Autumn Festival lanterns include designs with action heroes và toy brands. Don’t be surprised to see friends lượt thích Thomas the Tank Engine, Dora the Explorer and Hello Kitty out around town.To buy: $13,

Your turn! Can you chia sẻ any tips from your experience buying lanterns for the Mid-Autumn Festival? Want to lớn ask a question before you buy one yourself? I’d love khổng lồ hear from you in the comments section below!