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Vietnamese Crafts for Children

Creating a dragon mask can be an enjoyable craft activity.
Chinese Dragon image by GlobalMichael from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

Using crafts is a way to introduce children to other cultures without making it too academic. Educational and fun, these craft projects employ simple household arts and crafts items, making them a good choice for a rainy afternoon or a child&#039;s party. Combine them with a Vietnamese-style meal and some legends or folktales for a thematic experience they&#039;re sure to remember.

Dragon Mask

Use a small box that fits over the child&#039;s head. Decorate it with markers, crayons, colored paper and found objects to create the dragon&#039;s head, adding horns, teeth and other details as desired. Make sure to leave holes for the eyes and nose. Staple or glue multicolored streamers to the back of the box for a free-flowing body and tail, or use a plastic table cloth or other material you have on hand.

Vietnamese Felt Flag

Use a full sheet of red felt and 2 large yellow stars. Glue each star in the center of the flag (one on front and one on the back) and attach a chopstick or other wooden dowel to the edge with glue or staples.

Paper Lanterns

Use a piece of colored paper 6 inches by 9 inches. Fold it in half lengthwise and bend up the top and bottom edges 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch, leaving a strong crease. Cut several slits between the top and bottom creases. Staple or glue the bottom ends together. Repeat with the top, creating a bowed tube. Open the slits, if necessary, and decorate as desired. Add a handle or yarn loop to the top, if desired.

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