Thursday, January 12, 2012

Chinese Firecracker Crafts

In The Star Maker, 8-year-old Artie promises his family that he'll have firecrackers for everyone on the Chinese New Year in 1954. This promise is almost impossible for him to fulfill since firecrackers were so expensive at that time. However, with the help of his Uncle Chester, Artie just might be able to keep his word....

We'll be making Chinese firecrackers at our meeting on January 23rd (Chinese New Year 2012!) but if you'd like to practice and make some in advance, here are a couple of great websites to visit:

Author Grace Lin has a terrific blog and last year she posted a fantastic Chinese Firecracker Craft (this is the one we'll be doing at our meeting).

Kaboose also has a great Red Firecracker craft that shouldn't be too difficult to make.

If you'd rather something different, try making Dragons on Parade, perfect since 2012 is the Year of the Dragon.

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