Fire Wrapped in Paper: Make Your Own Paper Lantern
Create your own paper lantern and retell “The Girl Who Used Her Wits.”
Objective: Make your own seal script stamp and use it to "sign" a decorated postcard.
FOR THE SEAL STAMP
Seal script practice sheet
1-inch-square piece of craft foam or thick cardboard
An old building block or Lego brick
FOR THE POSTCARD
Cardstock cut into 4 x 6-inch postcards
Drawing and coloring implements
Pen or a pencil
Address of someone you’d like to connect with
First, practice writing seal script characters using the provided practice sheet. After finishing the sheet, look over the characters and note: Do some of the characters resemble the objects or ideas they represent? Which ones? How?
Choose a favorite character from the practice sheet to create your own seal. It could be:
• a character you think represents you,
• a character you find visually pleasing,
• or a character that brings up a good memory.
For example, our image gallery shows the character for “fire” etched into a foam square with a pencil. If you don’t have foam, you can use a piece of thick cardboard.
Note: If your chosen character isn’t symmetrical, you need to etch it backwards on the foam. That way, when you use it as a stamp, the character will read correctly.
Glue the foam square onto a small wooden block or a Lego brick. Now it’s ready to be used with the stamp pad.
A piece of blank cardstock can be decorated to become a postcard. Draw and color in a landscape, a portrait, or a design on this side of the card. Then use the stamp and inkpad to “sign” your artwork.
On the other side of the card, you can write a message to a friend or a loved one. Address the card and add the postage stamp (see activity pdf in sidebar for a sample postcard).
Mail your postcard to catch up with your friend or loved one!