Our Japanese Carp Kites (or more accurately windsocks) make some really beautiful projects for children to make when learning about Japanese culture. This would be a wonderful end of the unit project for your students or co-op
groups. Older children might prefer to make these out of fabric see our fabric painting tutorial here.
- Construction Paper (we used 12 x 18)
- Tissue Paper (Dollar Tree)
- Crepe Streamers (Dollar Tree)
- Hole Puncher
Suggested Resources for a Unit Study:
Art Project Tutorial:
We picked up some inexpensive tissue paper from the Dollar store. Cut U shapes for the scales through all colors.
Optional: Get your glue ready on a paper plate, and use a brush to apply it
On the long side of the paper, apply a strip of glue, and show children how to glue down their scales.
For younger children, you can draw lines for them to follow, so that they're scales overlap nicely.
After you finish the first row of scales, add in second row of scales on top of the first. You want each layer to slightly cover the previous one.
Continue to add in additional layers of scales, overlapping each previous row. Stop when you're a little over halfway full.
Glue a thin black strip of construction paper on top of the final row. This is optional, and just makes the scales look a bit more "Cleaned-Up."
Cut out two eyes for your carp, and glue them on your construction paper, spaced as shown in the photo.
Cut a variety of colored Crepe Paper Streamers, about 2 feet in
Turn your paper over, trim the sides of any extra overhanging scales. Don't trim the bottom, just the sides.
Apply a layer of glue along the bottom edge of your paper.
Glue on your Crepe Paper Streamers.
Roll up your paper (with the scales on the outside) Staple or glue along the edges to keep it together.
Punch holes on each side of the paper, and tie a piece of yarn to each hole.
Hand your windsock in a nearby tree. When a breeze gets going your windsock and streamers will come to life.