Chinese New Year is just two weeks away on Feb. 4, 2013 with the Year of the Snake. I admit I’m a little sad the current year is coming to an end – it was Year of the Dragon, MY year. As a child, my mother always told me I’d have special luck during my year and I’ve always taken it to heart.
Now that the Year of the Snake is coming up, I’m getting ready with crafts and activities for my kids. They absolutely love this time of year – maybe because I’m a little more crafty and we eat a lot of Chinese food, especially long noodles for long life and dumplings for good luck.
One of our favorite things is to read Chinese New Year books (I highly recommend these books: Dragon Dance by Joan Holub and Red is a Dragon by Roseanne Thong) and feed our little dragon. My sister got this puppet from Taiwan and we take it out every Chinese New Year.
Easy Year of the Snake Craft
I admit I’m not creatively inclined. I can’t do fancy crafts. So for any of you in the same boat, here’s a super-easy craft to get into the Year of the Snake spirit. It’s basically just a chain-link craft but you can add embellishments for the face like a felt tongue or googly eyes.
- Get 2-3 sheets of 8.5 x 11 construction paper. Choose a color (or a couple for a cool look).
- Cut paper into 1.5 to 2-inch strips.
- Using tape or a stapler, connect the end of a strip.
- Loop another strip through the previously connected strip to form a paper chain.
- Continue until desired length.
- On the end of the chain, add a tongue for the snake. Cut a 4-inch lengthwise strip of red paper and create a fork at the end so it looks like a snake tongue.
- Using a black marker, add eyes and other embellishments on the head.
And that’s it. You’ve got a simple snake for Chinese New Year.
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