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  • Origami Finger Puppets
    Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding. The goal is to transform a flat square of paper into a fun sculpture. The best known origami model is the paper crane, whose wings symbolize carrying souls to paradise.

    Supplies:

    • Markers to draw faces
    • 1 square piece of 5in x 5in paper (white on one side and color on the other)
    • Decorations: glitter, ribbons, sequins, etc
  • Ojo de Dios, (God’s Eye)
    God’s eye is a spiritual object designed of yarn on wooden crosses to see or understand things unknown to the physical eye. Ojos de Dios are most common in the Pueblos of New Mexico, Mexican American communities, and among Indigenous or Catholic peoples.

    Supplies:

    • 2 sticks of equal length or 1 popsicle sticks
    • Scrap yarn, twine, leather lacing, or para cord
  • Lunar New Year Drum
    Lunar New Year is a time of tradition and beauty for the Asian community. The colors red and gold can be seen everywhere and messages of renewal and happiness are shared.

    Supplies:

    • Small paper plates
    • Beads, ribbon, etc
    • Craft sticks or popsicle sticks
    • Glue
    • Markers
  • Henna Hands
    Henna is actually a plant that is used as a dye since the Bronze Ages. The temporary body art is still used in India today, and the designs on the skin are called mehndi.

    Supplies:

    • Pencil, markers
    • Paper
    • Scissors
  • Paper People Craft
    Take a moment to think of the people closest to you, people in your family, people you work with, or people you admire. We are each made of the same piece of paper, but our identities, experiences, and interests are what make us unique. For each paper person, draw or decorate it to symbolize someone special to you. Celebrate your similarities and differences.

    Supplies:

    • Paper
    • Pencil, Markers
    • Scissors