Chinese New Year for 2015 is the Year of the Goat/Sheep, and as part of my role as a Bostik Family Craft Blogger, I’ve been sent some crafting supplies to make a decoration for this celebration!
My two year old niece has suddenly become very interested in arts and crafts, which I am so pleased about! And she is giving me that second lease of being creative with children, now that my son is [nearly] 16 and has more interest in other things these days!
I had a great selection of craft supplies sent to me, including red and gold card, tissue paper, paper plates and cups, pipe cleaners, glitter, lolly sticks, various embellishments, and Bostik glu dots and foam pads, which takes away the worry of glue getting everywhere with a little one!
I like to keep things simple so that she can have a go, and so I came up with a simple goat/sheep paper plate craft using…
Red is the predominant colour used in Chinese New Year celebrations. Red is the emblem of joy and symbolises virtue, truth and sincerity. The sound for the Chinese word for red is “hong” in Mandarin and “hoong” in Cantonese which also means prosperous. Therefore the colour red is both and auspicious colour with an auspicious sound.
I have drawn out a template which you can download and print at home if you’d like to make this Chinese New Year Goat/Sheep decoration. One is just the outline, so you can save on printer ink, and then use it to draw around on any coloured card you like. The other is filled in black, if you’d like to print straight to white card. I decided to use gold card, as I just love the reds and golds of Chinese New Year decorations!
Just click on the template you’d like to use; it’ll open in a new tab where you can save it to your computer and print. It is designed to be use on an A4 size sheet of card/paper.
Carefully cut around the template – if your child is old enough, they can of course attempt this themselves, but may need help when going around the curve of the horns.
With the 3 pieces of the goat/sheep now cut out, they simply have a few Bostik glu dots placed on the back to attach them to the red paper plate.
Finally, I folded a black pipe cleaner over to create a hanging loop and fixed it at the back with some stick tape (although, I only had washi tape to hand when I made this!)
And that’s it – all done! You could take this paper plate craft a step further and create the different animals that are part of the Chinese Zodiac. The kids could decorate the paper plate too with stickers, glitter, or even balls of cotton wool to create the fur of the animal.