Photo: Students at a Tanabata Festival.
Japanese Festivals Crafts | Hinamatsuri Dolls | Tanabata Star Festival
To Make Hana Dolls
Upturned paper cup wrapped in pink, blue or yellow paper.
Wrap the lower third of each cup in string. Pictured is that cheap recycle plastic-string stuff that cardboard is tied with before it is put out as trash, so is readily available. I found it quicker to cut out the head decorations myself half a dozen at a time than reasonably expect children to cut them out precisely.
Note in this picture that the dolls are displayed on milk cartons wrapped in red craft paper, then trimmed in origami paper. Be sure to collect the milk cartons you need well in advance. Tip: Ask the kitchen staff, and cleaning staff to collect milk cartons and toilet rolls for you throughout the year. These are the corner stone of many a craft and is eco too.
Doll Festival - March 3rd every year
Hinamatsuri, also known as Girls' Day or the Doll Festival, is a traditional Japanese festival celebrated on March 3 every year during which families pray for the health and happiness of their young girls.
- Paper cups. Not plastic as glue doesn't adhere so well.
- String: red, blue, pink.
- Milk cart: 1 per dolls
- Origami paper
- Craft paper: Yellow, blue, pink
- Black marker pen
Template Download: None
Installing fonts that students can traec over will always be useful. In thei case for the text "I wish to be a _____".
Two of the most common answers for Japanese boys are shown here: Ultraman and Masked Rider.
- Print 1x A template per student
- Colored crayons or pencils
- A tree to hang them on that is easily accessable to all students and parents
Template Download: Summer 2023
3" Cookie CuttersCookie Cutters (Amazon #Ad)
- Set of 26 tinplated steel A to Z cookie cutters
- Includes: 3" alphabet letters
Number Cookie Cutter SetNumber Cutters (Amazon #Ad)
- Easy for kids to use
- Average cutter size approx. 3.5 x 3.5 in. (8,9 x 8,9 cm)
- Plastic cutters are top-rack dishwasher safe
Alphabet and NumbersAlphabet Numbers (Amazon #Ad)
- Set of 36 1.5" plastic cookie cutters
- Sturdy construction and easy to use
- Top rack dishwasher-safe