Finger print Chinese lanterns

Before I bombard you with Valentine crafts (and there’s a lot!) I wanted to share one last Chinese New Year craft. 2014 is the Chinese New Year of the Horse and although Chinese New Year is celebrated on Friday January 31st, celebrations will take place on Sunday 2nd February across venues including Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Shaftesbury Avenue and of course Chinatown itself.

I’m not sure I’m ready to take the children to the celebrations just yet so instead we’ve been having fun at home. We’ve already tried our hand at Chinese New Year lanterns and our latest activity involved paint.

Like any young children, activities involving paint with fingers or any extremity is going to be a success. This was a fun one!

We found as many pots of paint we could, opened them up, then let the children put their fingers in them. The hard bit was reminding them to use a different finger for each colour but they were pretty good. This was the result of the best piece of paper.

colourful fingerprints

We left our sheets of paper to dry before I added some details to create very pretty finger print Chinese lanterns. What do you think?

fingerprint Chinese lanterns

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20 Responses to Finger print Chinese lanterns

  1. That is an adorable idea!! So effective! Pinned to try as part of our Chinese New Year crafting this weekend x
    Emily @amummytoo recently posted..Vegetarian Cottage Pie with a herby cheese crust (recipe)

  2. Wow – it’s so effective but looks really easy (and I am a big fan of easy art and craft). Love it!
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  3. Oooh – I love them!! We did some chinese crafts yesterday but hadnt thought of this! Will pin it too :D
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  4. This is such a great idea!!!!! x
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  5. I love your fingerprint ideas, so simple and achievable. These Chinese Lanterns are fantastic :-)
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  6. What a great idea – so easy, but they look fab!
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  7. I love fingerprint art and will be trying these out with the boys and pinning to my fingerprint art board
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  8. What a great idea! I have some february birthdays coming up, and I feel sure the gifts will be wrapped in this colourful offering :-)
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  9. So cute and easy to do! A great craft activity, thanks for sharing
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  10. what a great and simple idea! well done you!

    #pinitparty
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  11. They are so pretty :-)
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  12. This is such a sweet and simple idea! Popping over from the Pin-It Party :)
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  13. oh these look so cute! x
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  14. These are really cute :) my son insists of covering his entire hands with Paint though, so we might have rather large lanterns ;)

  15. Such a simple idea, but it looks gorgeous! I’m going to try this with my two at the weekend.
    Nell@PigeonPairandMe recently posted..Shoeboxes: Our Time of Gifts week 26

  16. Such a simple idea, I love this
    Emmys Mummy recently posted..Organising my chaos in bite sized pieces

  17. Oh! I love these – so pretty!
    Actually Mummy… recently posted..GG’s New Year’s Resolutions

  18. What a brilliant activity !
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  19. Such a sweet idea – anything that doesn’t involve scissors at the moment (too many jauntily self cut fringes!)
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