Chinese Floating Fabric

Why

Design and fly a beautiful fabric windsock! This one is decorated with traditional Chinese symbols.


Steps

1. Research Chinese culture, symbols, and traditions. In ancient China the carp was a symbol of endurance, perseverance, fortitude, and good luck. Choose Chinese symbols with which to decorate your windsock.


2. With Crayola® Scissors, cut white 100% polyester fabric into a piece large enough for a windsock.


3. Design the carp. Cover your art area with white paper. On the fabric, use Crayola Fabric Crayons to draw the head of a fish (carp) with two large eyes at one end. Fill in the area near the head with colorful scales. On the rest the fabric, draw stripes in various colors.


4. Set the colors. To make an ironing pad, place white paper or newspaper over an iron-safe surface. Place fabric on ironing pad. Top the crayon design with white paper.


5. Ironing should be done by an adult in a well-ventilated area. Set iron on synthetic. Press design with slow steady pressure for 1 to 2 minutes. Lift iron to move it. Hold paper in place to prevent blurring. Remove paper carefully. For more intense colors, add more crayon while the fabric is still warm. Decorated fabrics can be machine washed, using warm or cold water and a gentle cycle. Do not place in dryer. *Overheating or scorching may release irritating fumes.


6. Assemble the windsock. Fold over the top of the fabric, near the head of the carp, to form a pocket. Leaving a small opening, use Crayola School Glue to attach the turned-over edge to the back of the fabric. Air-dry the glue.


7. Push a chenille stick through the opening. Twist the ends together to form a circle. Fasten another chenille stem across the circle for added strength.


8. From the bottom of the windsock, cut between each stripe up to where the stripes meet the scales.


9. Tie colorful ribbon or yarn on the chenille circle for hanging.


Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Adult Assistance is required for this arts & crafts project.

Fabric Crayons or Melting Crayons—Melt crayons in a well-ventilated area. Overheating wax crayons during melting or ironing may release irritating fumes. Ironing should be done by an adult.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

String-Like Materials—Includes string, raffia, lacing, yarn, ribbon, and other similar material. Children 3 years and younger should not be given any string-like material that is longer than 12 inches. Close adult supervision is essential whenever children use string-like material. When crafts are to be worn around the necks of children 8 years and younger, attach the ends of the “string-like material” with clear adhesive tape, which allows easy release of the bond if the craft becomes entangled or caught on equipment. For children older than 8 years, the ends of the “string-like material” may be tied and knotted.

Adaptations

  • Carp, according to ancient belief, could transform themselves into dragons upon reaching 100 years of age. Research other interesting Chinese beliefs.
  • The name carp is similar to a Chinese word meaning profit, so it is a lucky symbol often used in Chinese paper cutting. Try paper-cutting to design your own lucky symbol.
  • Fabric designs can also be drawn (in reverse) on white paper and ironed on fabric using the process outlined.
  • Try Crayola Fabric Markers on 50/50 cotton/polyester. Younger students and those with special needs may find these markers easier to use.

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • Fabric Crayons
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
  • Giant Floor Pad
household supplies
  • iron (for adult use only!)
  • chenille sticks
  • ribbon, string, or yarn
  • fabric (white)

Overview

grades

  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Special Needs

subjects

  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts

time

  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Multiple Sessions

benefits

  • Students explore the multifaceted Chinese culture and how its traditions and holidays have spread around the world.

  • Students discover that the Chinese word for carp has almost the same meaning as the Chinese word for profit. Therefore a carp is a lucky symbol.

  • Students design and create a carp windsock used to symbolize good luck or good fortune in the Chinese community.

Cirriculum

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