Thursday, 3 February 2011
Gung hay fat choy!
Happy Chinese New Year!!!
Today, Lane and I took a short trip to the Dollar Store to gather supplies for a quick, easy and fun Chinese New Year treat. Gotta teach my kids a little bit about their heritage (I'm half Chinese in case you readers are wondering what this white girl is talking about :P)
I got the idea to make "fake" Chinese firecrackers with treats inside from Silly Precious Piggies. Hers are much more complicated and beautiful. But mine aren't too bad for a little craft that I could do alongside a 17 month old baby.
I started with candy! I put a good mix inside treat bags. I tried to pick candy that the baby could actually eat, so it's mostly Smarties and Junior Mints. Notice Lane's hand in the photo, poised to attack that candy if I wasn't watching carefully enough!
Then I cut up an empty wrapping paper roll. I decided to make 6 Firecrackers. I wasn't going to hang them up as a decoration, so they could all be filled with treats and it didn't matter how heavy they were.
I put the treat bags inside the rolls and then wrapped some yellow and red tissue paper around them. I tied them closed with some pretty gold ribbon.
I was thinking about putting special sayings on the outside or inside, but my kids can't read yet, so maybe it's an idea for another year.
I placed the finished ones in our beautiful red bowl and put them amongst the chaos on our dining room table. I wonder if Logan will notice when he gets home from school?
He totally will. He notices everything! I'll let him "crack" one open for dessert tonight ;)
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