Around the World - China (2) Chinese Lantern Craft

On the second day of our study about China we looked first at some things we associate with China, and some traditional symbols and celebrations. We decided to make a Chinese lantern. These lanterns can often be seen in people’s homes and in the street during celebrations such as Chinese New Year. 

To make your own lantern you will need:

Red card

Crepe paper in yellow or red

Craft knife

Glue

Pipecleaner or string to hang your lantern

A golden or yellow permanent marker

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Start by decorating the long edges of your red card with golden dots. 

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Next, useflue to attach strips of crepe paper along the back of one of your long, dotted sides.  We used a glue gun for this, but a glue stick will work, too.

 

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The next step is really a job for a grown-up. Use the craft knife to cut lines into your paper from beneath the dots to just above the second line of dots. 

 

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Roll your lantern and gently glue one of your short edges onto the back of the other. A glue gun will work best for this.  Attach your string or pipe cleaner as a handle, gently squash your lantern so the strips of card turn outward, and you’re done! 

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Enjoy your lovely Chinese inspired lantern to remind you of all the things you learn about this beautiful country! 

Around the World - China (1)

Today, on our first day of learning about China, we started by looking at a big map of China and reading the introduction to China in All About China

 

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We then printed out this map of China to colour. 

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We used red crayon for the flag, and a gold yellow permanent marker for the stars. 

 

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After we were done, we spoke a bit about the history of the flag, and what it represents. The red of the flag represents the communist revolution, and the five stars (four small, one large.) represent the Chinese people’s unity under the Communist Party’s leadership. 

We cut out our flag to be our first decoration on our display all about the People’s Republic of China. 

 

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We are looking forward to learning with you!

 

Boardgame Week - Shadow in the Woods

As we move into the colder season, it becomes time for us to all spend a lot more time inside, hibernating with quilts, candles, hot cocoa, and good books. For us, no rainy afternoon is complete without playing boardgames together.

We thought we might share some of our favourite games with you this week, maybe you’ll discover a new favourite!

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Boardgame Week - Sagaland

As we move into the colder season, it becomes time for us to all spend a lot more time inside, hibernating with quilts, candles, hot cocoa, and good books. For us, no rainy afternoon is complete without playing boardgames together.

We thought we might share some of our favourite games with you this week, maybe you’ll discover a new favourite!

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Boardgame Week - Race to the Treasure

As we move into the colder season, it becomes time for us to all spend a lot more time inside, hibernating with quilts, candles, hot cocoa, and good books. For us, no rainy afternoon is complete without playing boardgames together.

We thought we might share some of our favourite games with you this week, maybe you’ll discover a new favourite!

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Boardgame Week - Dragon Valley

As we move into the colder season, it becomes time for us to all spend a lot more time inside, hibernating with quilts, candles, hot cocoa, and good books. For us, no rainy afternoon is complete without playing boardgames together.

We thought we might share some of our favourite games with you this week, maybe you’ll discover a new favourite!

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Boardgame Week - Mandarin

As we move into the colder season, it becomes time for us to all spend a lot more time inside, hibernating with quilts, candles, hot cocoa, and good books. For us, no rainy afternoon is complete without playing boardgames together.

We thought we might share some of our favourite games with you this week, maybe you’ll discover a new favourite!

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Melted Crayon Apple Art - Rosh Hashanah Craft

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is celebrated by eating apples dipped in honey. As we move into a season filled with festivals and celebrations, we decorate our home with apples and other autumn things. Yesterday we made these sweet window pictures ready for our celebration.

Happy New Year from our family to all of you, wishing you all a good and sweet new year full of blessings and joy!

Gmar Chatimah Tova - May you be inscribed in the Book of Life for Good!

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German Cinnamon Star Christmas Cookies

The squiggles have been learning a lot about Germany these last few months.
In every book we pick up there seems to be at least one page about Christmas, and they always include illustrations of star-shaped cinnamon cookies called "Zimtsterne". 

Even though it's Summer we thought we'd share our recipe for these special treats with you!

Ingredients

Dough:
300g ground almonds
180g icing sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons Cinnamon
1 1/2 egg whites

Icing:
75g icing sugar
1 egg white

Mix together the ground almonds, icing sugar, and cinnamon.

Add the egg whites and mix it all together with a dough hook until you have a nice dough. Chill it in the fridge for 15 minutes.

Dust a surface with icing sugar and roll out your dough to be about 1/2inch thick. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters, stars are the traditional shape.

Beat one egg white until it is very stiff. Gradually add icing sugar while whisking. Paint the icing onto the cookies.

Bake for 15-20 minutes at 150C, let them cool down before eating.

 

Enjoy!