Every year I like to share the celebration of St. Martin with the children I teach – in the story hour, in the pre-K/kindergarten class, and now in the 1/2 class I’m working with. It’s such a wonderful celebration of the spirit of giving.
Every year we make a simple paper lantern. This year, I learned a few things to make the project even better 🙂 Here are the children from Lesestunde with their lanterns:
Just look at those smiling faces 😉
And here is what the template for the lantern looks like (front & back):
- Cut the long strip off the left side to save for the handle (follow the long line on the “back” image)
- Color the front – the sun, moon, and stars
- Turn to the back and fold the paper along the dotted line
- Cut “fringe” along the other dotted lines – stopping at the hash mark at the end
- Unfold the paper – fold it back the other way
- Wrap the paper to make the lantern, staple at the bottom, staple at the top along with the handle
First, I decided to get out my paper cutter and cut the handles off for the children. Having to first cut a whole strip off the paper and then make fringe seemed rather confusing. This way, they only have to worry about the fringe. It worked great!
Sedond, I am learning to give better – clearer – instructions! You would think this would be obvious. But it’s something you really have to think about! So I had Hippo help me make samples of our Laternen – one for every step (color, fold & fringe, unfold):
When I went in to his class, I had the samples all ready. So I could easily demonstrate the steps to the children. I showed them a colored paper. Then I showed them how to fold it. I had one folded already with one line of fringe cut. Then I showed them how to cut along the dotted lines to cut the rest of the fringe. That’s basically all they needed to do. We had four adults for 20 children in the room (I brought AP4 with me – another great idea!), so we each had a table of 5 children to help. When they were finished with their three steps, we folded the paper into the lantern shape and stapled on the handles. It was the most successful lesson I’ve ever taught for Martinstag!
See how the lantern “poofs” when you fold the the paper back on itself in the middle after you cut the fringe?
To download the instructions and template for the lanterns, click here: Martinstag Laterne (GitA)
For other materials, see my posts from previous years: