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Make a Korean Fan

By Lisa Haag Kang

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Make a fan featuring the sam taeguk, a Korean symbol that signifies the world in balance. Then talk with your child about what that might mean.
korean fan

The sam taeguk, a bright image of yellow, red, and blue swirls, is an important symbol in Korean culture. It signifies the world in balance. The blue represents the sky, the red represents the earth, and the yellow represents people. The sam taeguk often appears on fans. A variation of this symbol, one with only red and blue, appears on the flag of South Korea. 

What You'll Need
  • 1 thin sheet of cardboard
  • 7 sheets of cardstock (2 yellow, 2 blue, 2 red, 1 black)
  • scissors
  • glue
  • 2 large craft sticks
  • yellow yarn
What You'll Do

1. Draw a fan shape on thin cardboard. Cut it out. Use this pattern to make the same shape on two yellow, two blue, and two red sheets of cardstock. Glue the yellow shapes to either side of the cardboard fan.

2. On a blue shape, draw a wave that starts at the lower left corner and curls up to the center of the paper, as shown. Cut this out and use it as a pattern to make another blue wave.

3. Starting at the upper right corner of a red shape, draw an upside-down red wave, as shown. Cut it out and use the pattern to make one more red wave.

4. Glue one blue and one red wave to each side of the yellow fan shape.

5. For a handle, glue two large craft sticks to the fan, one on each side. Cover the handle with black cardstock that extends an inch past the end of the craft sticks. Punch a hole in the bottom of the cardstock. Tie yellow yarn through the hole for a tassel.