If you're looking for something fun and educational to do with your children this weekend, celebrate the enriching culture of Korea by doing a few craft projects. Korea's native crafts are one of the most intriguing attributes of traditional Korean culture. The arts and crafts of Korea not only teach of a rich past and present, but they also display the beauty of nature and the simplicity of life.
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Things you need
- Recycled file folder
- Craft sticks
- Glue stick (optional)
- Cardstock paper
- Food colouring
- Corn on the cob
- Bell pepper
- Paper plate
- Bowls (optional)
- Salt (optional)
Cut the recycled file folder in half. You should be left with two 8 1/2-by-11-inch sides. Cut one half of the folder into the shape of a fan.
Decorate the fan with pictures of flowers, trees, birds, butterflies, rivers, mountains and other nature related themes.
Draw different designs and patterns on the craft stick. Attach the craft stick to the fan with glue or a glue stick. Allow the fan to dry for five to 10 minutes.
Gather the apple, corn on the cob, mushrooms, celery, bellpepper and potatoes. Horizontally cut the apple and the bell pepper. Vertically cut the mushrooms. Cut the potatoes in a number of myriad shapes.
Dip the fruit and vegetables into the paint. Stamp the fruit and vegetables onto a sheet of cardstock paper, creating a collage of shapes.
Create flowers using the end of the corn. Roll the corn to create stripes throughout the collage. Allow the collage to dry for at least 10 minutes.
Print the taegeuk (the symbol in the middle of the Korean flag) on cardstock paper.
Divide the sand or salt into small portions. Place in bowls or in separate areas on a paper plate.
Add a drop of alcohol to each portion of sand or salt. Add the desired food colouring to each portion. Continue to add food colouring until you get the shade you want. Allow the salt or sand to dry.
Spread glue over the taegeuk medallion. Sprinkle the taegeuk medallion with the coloured sand or salt. Keep in mind that the top is always blue, and the bottom half is always red.
Dry the taegeuk medallion for at least 10 to 15 minutes.
Tips and warnings
- You can print the taegeuk symbol directly from the Holiday Zone link in References.
- Add a bit of glitz to your sanded taegeuk, when you use paint instead of sand. While the paint is still wet, dip the salt into the paint and then apply it to the taegeuk to produce a glitter effect.
- You can also create coloured sandby mixing it with powdered tempura.
- Parents should assist their children with cutting the fruit and vegetables.
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