"Let's have a merry journey, and shout about how light is good and dark is not. What we should do is not future ourselves so much. We should now ourselves. "NOW thyself" is more important than "Know thyself." Reason is what tells us to ignore the present and live in the future. So all we do is make plans. We think that somewhere there are going to be green pastures. It's crazy. Heaven is nothing but a grand, monumental instance of future. Listen, now is good. Now is wonderful." ~ Mel Brooks

Friday, October 26, 2012

For Little Hands

Welcome to A Simple Life's new weekly series: For Little Hands
Every Friday (I will be moving this day to Monday starting November 5, 2012) I will be posting a new project perfect for little hands. I would love for
you to join me! Please use the link-up form below and add something you've created that a wee one could create all on their own with some simple guidance. I look so forward to seeing what you all have done and come up with!
 With All Hallow's Eve approaching (along with a Hurricane!!) and St. Martin's Day close behind we've been really in to lanterns this week! This project involved a bit more participation on my part but Charlotte did the lion's share. I assisted mostly with cutting, holding paper together, and then lighting the candle.
You will need:
5 sheets of heavy card stock in any color
(4 for the lantern 1 for the bottom)
 Exacto knife (or box cutter)
tissue paper (lighter colors work best)
cookie cutters or other stencils
ribbon or string
a branch
tea light candle
First, take about 3 inches (short ways) off the paper you are using for the four sides of the lantern. Then trace some shapes on to each piece of paper.
Next (and this is where you come in Mom or Dad!), cut out the shapes using your Exacto knife.
(Back to the kiddos)
Glue around the shapes of each lantern and add your tissue paper so it covers each picture.
Using your tape, attach each paper to each other.
Attach the bottom square as you did the other four. Now, using a hole punch, poke one hole on 2 opposite sides around the top edge. Tie some ribbon through the holes and attach the lantern to your branch. Glue a tea light candle at the bottom of your lantern.
With help from Mom or Dad, light the candle and see how beautiful it will glow!
"This little light of mine,
I'm gonna let it shine.
This little light of mine,
I'm gonna let it shine.
This little light of mine,
I'm gonna let it shine.
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine."

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