Kids are not always keen on going to bed so we have to lure them in with bedtimes stories, lullabies and other kind of things. Lighting their own lantern before getting into bed could be one of them! Make a spooky looking cat and a colourful mouse together with your little ones and tell your bedtime stories with the lights off and the lanterns on!
You will need:
- thick paper or card (we used black paper for the scary cat and the light yellow one for the colourful carnival mouse)
- colourful tissue paper
- paper knife
- cutting board
- pencil and eraser
- two tea-light candles
Draw an outline of the ears of a cat and a mouse on your pieces of paper and cut them out (see the picture below).
Now draw their faces (make shapes easy and bold, you will have to cut them out).
Using a paper knife and a cutting board cut out eyes, mouths and noses.
Now take your tissue paper and glue bits of it behind the cut outs. Use any colours you like!
Once you’ve stuck the coloured tissue on, flip the cards over. This is how it should look from the “face side”.
Glue two sides of the lantern together so that the card forms a cylinder. Make sure that the cylinder isn’t too tight — there needs to be some room between the paper lantern and the flame of the candle!
Wait until its dark and light the tea-light candles, placing the lanterns over them carefully to see your lanterns come to life! Enjoy your bedtime stories!