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1. Cut out two small circles and one large circle out of the black paper that will fit inside the white circle pieces.
1. Cut out two small circles and one large circle out of the black paper that will fit inside the white circle pieces.
2. Cut out two small circles and one large circle out of the white paper for the eyes and mouth.
2. Cut out two small circles and one large circle out of the white paper for the eyes and mouth.
3. Glue the black circles to the corresponding white circles to make the eyes and the mouth.
3. Glue the black circles to the corresponding white circles to make the eyes and the mouth.
4 & 5. Pour a blob of paint onto the paper plate. Dip the fork into the paint and spread on the green construction paper in a rough, ball shape. The spike pattern from the fork should be visible to make the puffer fish spikes.
4 & 5. Pour a blob of paint onto the paper plate. Dip the fork into the paint and spread on the green construction paper in a rough, ball shape. The spike pattern from the fork should be visible to make the puffer fish spikes.
6. Paint the fins on the sides of the puffer fish’s body with the fork.
6. Paint the fins on the sides of the puffer fish’s body with the fork.
7. If the paint is still wet, you can place the mouth and eye circles directly onto the puffer fish’s body. Otherwise, stick them down with glue.
7. If the paint is still wet, you can place the mouth and eye circles directly onto the puffer fish’s body. Otherwise, stick them down with glue.

Fork-Painted Puffer Fish

With just a fork and some paint, this adorable little guy is incredibly easy to make with your preschooler. Materials: Construction paper – green, white and black Poster or acrylic paint (we used yellow to stand out on the green…

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Pompom Clams – A Color-Matching Game

Practice color matching and fine motor skills with this underwater-themed game that you can make yourself! Materials: A paper plate Colored pompoms Colored paper to match the pompom colors Glue Scissors A black Sharpie To Make the Game: Cut strips…

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Handprint Craft: Octopus and Crab

Feeling crabby?  Need a new octopus to play with? Looking for a new handprint craft to try?  Break out the red paint and try this fun ocean friends preschool color craft.  

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Celebrations & Traditions: Red Eggs

Did you know that red eggs symbolize good wishes for a new start in Chinese culture?  Often served to guests as part of a baby’s first birthday and first month celebrations, red eggs can be given at other important birthdays…

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Fingerprint Plum Blossom Tree

SUPPLIES: Paper (you can also use a canvas board often found in craft section) Pink Paint Brown paint or brown marker Thin paintbrush Paper plate or sheet of tin foil (for dipping fingers in paint) Wipes INSTRUCTIONS: Freehand draw or…

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Painting Chinese New Year Fireworks

Fireworks originate from China, and just like in North America, these rockets ignite in the most brilliant formations across East Asia on New Year’s day. On Chinese New Year, however, instead of fireworks, people traditionally light firecrackers, which are smaller…

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It’s A Cute and Fuzzy Year of the Sheep Craft!

Twenty-fifteen is the Zodiac Year of the Sheep. People born under this animal tend to be calm, gentle, friendly, creative and adaptable. Moreover, sheep are adorable creatures and are great candidates for crafts — just like this fuzzy little fellow!…

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Make Your Own Red Paper Lanterns

 SUPPLIES: Red construction paper Scissors Scotch tape Yarn/String/Ribbon Glitter paint, markers, misc decorations INSTRUCTIONS: Fold a piece of red construction paper in half; folding lengthwise so that it is a long narrow rectangle is easiest to work with. Cutting the…

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Handprint Chinese Dragon Puppet

Two things we love. Homemade puppets and the Dragon Dance. Perfect. Supplies: Colored construction paper Scissors Glue Tape Pencil Crayons/Markers Dragon head & tale cutouts Popsicle/craft sticks  (in a pinch straws or pipecleaners will work too) Instructions: Print and cut…

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Let’s Make a Chinese New Year Wishing Tree

At Chinese New Year, many people visit wishing trees, where they hang their wishes for the  future. Traditionally, you write your wish on a piece of red paper, tie it to an orange and throw it into the tree. If…