Child-Made Christmas Lanterns

I am happy to participate in and be one of the first to post for 20 Days of a Kid-Made Christmas Ornaments Project, hosted by some of the amazing bloggers from KBN (Kid Blogger Network).


Living in China where Christmas has become a big deal (while not being an official holiday) and being an ESL teacher, over the past 20 years I’ve taught and made tons of Christmas crafts. I usually try to find something easy and fun for children to make. So, today I am introducing a Christmas Lantern to you! (This lantern is a great decoration for Chinese New Year and Mid-Autumn Festival too!)


What you will need:

2 paper cups

Double-sided tape

Crafting ribbon

Crepe paper

Paint (for finger prints decoration)

How to make it:

1. Put to cups together and secure them with a double-sided tape.

2. Take the paper off the tape and stick the ribbon over it.

3. Using pieces of double-sided tape and a smaller piece of ribbon, make a handle that the lantern will hang on.

4. Apply another round of double sided take on the bottom of the lantern. Tear crepe paper into strips. Take the paper off the double-sided tape and stick the strips of crepe paper over so that they hang down.lantern1

5. Using paint, have children decorate the lanterns with finger prints. This is probably the most fun they get while making this lantern!

6. Dry and decorate the tree or your house with the lanterns (be careful though to keep them away from Christmas lights!)


 What are your favorite Christmas ornaments? Do you prefer making them or buying?


Would you like to join in on the fun too?!

Here’s how:

  1. Go to the landing page here, for this series that Melissa at Mama Miss is hosting.
  2. Just link a KID-MADE ornament you’ve created with your kiddos (limited to 2 a day).
  3. Add this pretty little ornament shaped button below to your blog post, or your sidebar, or somewhere on your beautiful blog letting me know you are joining in on the fun too!!
  4. Label the ornament button: 20 Days of a Kid-Made Christmas: Ornaments
  5. Link the ornament button to: the landing page for this series.


20 Days of a Kid-Made Christmas: Ornaments


The link up will be open from December 1st until December 21st for all entries.

Make sure to pop by these other fabulous bloggers too, that are participating in this series…

December 1st

Mama Miss

Here Come the Girls

Creative World of Varya

December 2nd

Housing A Forest


December 3rd


Crystal’s Tiny Treasures

Play Trains!

December 4th

Mama Smiles

One Perfect Day

December 5th

Feels Like Home

How Wee Learn

December 6th

My Little 3 and Me

The House of Hendrix

Teach Beside Me

December 7th

The Connection We Share

Scribble Doodle and Draw


December 8th

The Library Adventure

Something 2 Offer

Learn with Play at Home

December 9th

The Pleasantest Thing

Tutus & Tea Parties

Edventures with Kids

December 10th

Nothing if Not Intentional

Kitchen Counter Chronicles

Me & Marie Learning

December 11th

Glittering Muffins

Child Central Station

Happiness is Homemade

December 12th

eLeMeNO-P Kids

Coffee Cups and Crayons

Living Montessori Now

December 13th

Teach me Mommy

Mum in The Mad House

The Craft Train

December 14th



Imprints From Tricia

December 15th

True Aim Education

Sugar Aunts

The Life of Jennifer Dawn

December 16th

Powerful Mothering

Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

The Eyes of a Boy

December 17th

Teach Preschool

Plain Vanilla Mom


December 18th

P is for Preschooler

Discovering The World Through My Son’s Eyes

Busy Kids = Happy Mom

December 19th

Mama Miss

Glittering Muffins

December 20th

Tips From a Typical Mom

Rockabye Butterfly

Play Around the World: Gymnastics Ribbon Fun

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We don’t play any traditional games in our household. We do play board games, such as Monopoly, Ludo, Mastermind, Boggle and Scrabble. When we go out, we try to enjoy the most out of it.

Our favorite places to go to are various parks that we have in Zhuhai. We take frisbee with us or a ball and we just enjoy the nature.

Few weeks ago we travelled to Guangzhou (the capital of Guangdong province, China, where we are residing). And our friends took us to a park there. What fascinated us was the number of gymnastic ribbon wands being played with! When I was a child, I was mesmerized by the Olympic gymnasts who did wonders with those wands. But they weren’t easily available so I used to find a stick and tie a regular ribbon to it, pretending I was a gymnast. I even tried to join the gymnastics at some point of time but was turned down because I was… too tall!


So seeing all those ribbons brought so many warm memories to me. And miss T was excited to see those so we got one for her!

I think both of us played good 30 minutes, twirling the ribbon around in various shapes. So much fun!

And I could see everyone from children to adults enjoying as much as we did.

I can’t call it a traditional game, but it is definitely something adored by Chinese population in Guangzhou and I am so happy we got to play with the ribbon wand! Even the baby was mesmerized by it and giggled loud when big sister was running around her with the ribbon.


What are some games you play with your children? Any traditional games from your childhood? Share in the comments and if you have a blog – post the link!