During this activity, I told the girls the story of the Chinese Zodiac and how the animals came to be chosen for the zodiac. Then the girls each made a chinese lantern with the picture of their zodiac animal printed on it and I helped them draw the chinese characters that represent that animal. I told the girls a little bit about chinese astrology and we had fun talking about the types of personalities each of the animal signs are supposed to have!
Instructions for Chinese Lantern:
Decorate a piece of paper; draw, color, write, etc
Fold lengthwise and cut (2 inches to edge of paper)
Unfold and glue into cylinder shape
Pinch cut strips to open holes
Glue or tape strip of paper to the top for a handle