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Japanese Carp Kite

By Elizabeth Sokoloff

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Curious, Creative, Caring, and Confident™
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On May 5, many Japanese families celebrate Children’s Day. Fish made from brightly colored paper or cloth are hung from the rooftops as a symbol of children’s determination and strength.Try this child's fish craft with your child!
Japanese Carp Kite
What You'll Need
  • Brown paper bag
  • Chenille stick
  • Cupcake liners
  • Coffee filters
  • Colored construction paper
  • Yarn
  • Hole punch
What to Do

1. For the fish's body, cut a vase shape from a paper bag. Tape a chenille stick to the body’s widest part. Leave 1 inch of the chenille stick hanging off each edge.
2. For scales, cut up cupcake liners and glue them to the narrow part of the body. Use pieces of coffee filters for the tail and fins.
3. Decorate the head with colored paper.