In the story called “The Girl Who Used Her Wits” (also known as “The Clever Daughter-in-Law”), two sisters are tasked to find fire wrapped in paper and are stumped. Luckily, on their journey to visit their mother, they meet a clever girl who solved the riddle and gave them fire wrapped in paper – a lantern!
Like the clever girl, create your own paper lantern and retell the Chinese folktale to your friends.
- Two blank pieces of 8 ½-by-11-inch paper
- Safety scissors
- Cardboard box
- Color markers
- Glue or tape
- Flashlight or flameless candle
- Fold one piece of paper in half lengthwise. Unfold.
- Along the folded line, cut the paper in half.
- Glue the two halves together to create one long strip of paper.
- Fold the paper into four equal parts; these will be the four sides of your lantern.
- Decorate each square with scenes or objects from the story.
- Cut four pieces of cardboard. The width should be about half an inch, and the length should be the height of the folded paper.
- Glue three of the cardboard pieces along the folds of the paper.
- Glue the fourth cardboard piece at one end of the paper.
- Fold the paper over the fourth cardboard piece at the end. Unfold. This fold will overlap the other end of the paper strip.
- Glue the ends of the paper together to create a cube.
- Trace the top of the cube on the other piece of paper and cut along your tracing. This will be the top of your lantern.
- Attach the top of the lantern to the cube.
- Place a flashlight or flameless candle under your paper lantern to simulate a fire.
- Now, retell the story with your new prop!