Making lanterns with kids
For preschoolers, you will need to help with the cutting but otherwise kids can pretty much do this themselves.
- decorate a piece of A4 paper
- fold the paper in half length wise
- cut 1cm strips across the paper – start cutting at the fold and stop about 2cm before the edge of the page
- open the page out
- spread glue along one short edge
- roll the paper to overlap the short edges, sticking them together
- cut a strip of paper and glue it on as a handle
- use your lanterns as you will – you can hang them or stand them on a table or window sill
handy lantern tips
- you can use other sized paper, just be sure it is rectangular, not square. A4 is a good size for little fingers to work with
- decorating the paper with crayons, stickers and textas is more effective than pencils!
- colour paper is a good basis
- remember they are made out of paper – you can put a tea light candle inside but the fire risk is high. Don’t leave them unattended or near kids, and be sure the paper is firm enough to stand first (cheaper printer paper isn’t!) A good compromise is to use a candle inside a glass jar or a battery operated tea light candle.