Chinese New Year is this Sunday, February 10, 2013
THE YEAR OF THE SNAKE
So, here it is….
The Lunchbox Season’s
and a Chinese New Year Feast
Snake Sock Puppets
DIY Snake Puppets made from socks, googley eyes and ribbon.
A free printable python mask with additional DIY/Instructions.
Necktie Bean Bag Snakes
Transform a dollar-store necktie into a bean-bag snake – a great shoulder companion!
Snake Skip-Counting Game
Free printable sheets and instructions for a snake-shaped skip-counting game.
Use chocolate coins, poker chips or other tokens and get started on all of the fun!
DIY serpent mobile with free printable template.
Hang these from your lights or from the ceiling as your Chinese New Year decor!
Snake Stick Puppets
Snakes on dowels. Easy DIY.
Easy to make snake sammies!
Chinese New Year Feast
Have a fabulous Chinese New Year Feast!
Recipes for Pork Potstickers, General Tso’s Chicken, and Kung Pao Shrimp.
And a cute cupcake dragon/snake as your dessert inspiration!
Today, we finished reading and illustrating our book, A Study in Emerald. To celebrate, we munched on Frogwiches (homemade gingerbread sandwich cookies), and we made sock puppets of all the major characters in our story. When the kids were done, we got out the old doorway puppet theatre I made way back before Bea was born, and they put on a puppet production of the story! I’ve posted a Gallery of pictures just below, and a DIY/How-to for the puppets at the bottom of the page.
Sir Lochrann Holmes and Seann McUaitson
Detectives Gallagher and Na’Sraide
Siobhan/Cailloan and Haggerty
The Pythons: Strangerson and Drebber
Wiggins, the snake-urchin and Mrs. Houghston, the landlady
Mrs. Limerick and her son, David
(Seann Clancy was not availble for a photo today.)
DIY Snake Sock Puppets
Hot Glue and Gun
A large, old wooden or metal spoon
Choose a pairs of googly eyes, and a few inches of ribbon into a forked tongue for each puppet.
Wiggle the sock down over a large old spoon.
Glue eyes just below the seam at the foot of the sock.
Flip spoon around so that you can’t see the eyes/seam of the sock.
Glue about 1 inch of the ribbon down, pattern side down down the centre towards the tip.
Let cool for a moment before removing the puppet from spoon.