Design and decorate a symbolic carp streamer in the Japanese tradition of Kodomonohi (Children's Day).
Research information about Children's Day, which is celebrated each year on May 5 in Japan. Large carp streamers are typically displayed outdoors by families with boys to symbolize their strength, determination, and success. Find out what symbols families display indoors, when a festival for girls is held, and how the arts are incorporated into these children's festivals.
To make your own carp streamer, sketch a carp on large white construction paper with Crayola® Colored Pencils. Cut out the fish with Crayola Scissors.
Color several coffee filters with Crayola Washable Markers. Spread filters out on recycled newspaper.
Spritz colored coffee filters with a spray bottle filled with water. The colors run to create an effect of shimmery fish scales. Dry.
Cut filters into pie-shaped pieces. Layer the pieces like fish scales on the construction paper carp. Attach the scales with Crayola Glue Sticks.
Draw and color the fish's mouth and eyes with markers. Attach colored ribbon to carp streamer and hang from tree branch or near a window so it can catch the breeze.
Study voting rights then create a "Wanted" poster focusing on a famous suffragist.
Honor women who helped to shape our world. Create a place for great leaders at history’s table.
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Think about careers! Picture where and how you'd like to work and whom you'd like to work with.
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Focus on feelings in facial expressions as you draw in the comic book style of Roy Lichtenstein.
Plan an imaginary cruise, using maps, studying other languages, and drawing scenes from your trip.
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