Fish Kite

These kites come to us from Japan. Make a newspaper pattern for the body of the fish without fins. Draw the mouth open and quite large. Cut two pieces of thin wrapping paper like the pattern. Cut the fins from two thicknesses of the same paper. Decorate and color the sides and fins with crayon. Paste the two pieces (body) of the fish together around the edges only, leaving the fish open inside. The fins should be slipped between the two parts of the body before the edges are pasted. Leave the mouth open and paste a strip of cardboard from a suit box about three-fourths inches wide around inside edge of mouth. Fasten strings to this strip. When wind blows in the mouth, the fish will fly, like an air field wind cone. Suitable for middle and upper grades.

How to make a mask

How to make a mask from wrapping paper and two more masks.


Use a piece of wrapping paper long enough to go around the head and wide enough to cover the face. Fold in center, crosswise. Using white chalk draw half of the face at folded edge of paper. To trace the other half of face reverse the fold, with chalk drawing inside, and rub with flat side of pencil or ruler, this will transfer it to the other half of the paper. Open and color face with crayon. Cut out leaving strips at sides to fasten around head. Any animal or grotesque face may be used. Suitable for all grades.

Doll House Wall Paper

Fold the paper several times to make rectangles or squares. Make a design in one square and repeat the same thing in every space thus making an all-over pattern. This might be painted by brushing watercolor paint over the entire surface of the paper after the crayon design is finished. The wall paper is then ready for use. Suitable for lower grades.


These may be made as large as the entire side of a room by pasting several pieces of wrapping paper together, or they may be quite small. Sketch in the outline of the map with white chalk. Allow space around the edges of the map to form a border of illustrative pictures which may show industries, historical scenes, buildings or products. Use an attractive compass in the least interesting place on the map and where water appears use a decorative treatment showing waves, boats and fish rather than a solid mass of one color. Mountains, trees, products, animals, people and other things may be used on the map itself. Make all drawing in white chalk first then fill in with crayon or colored chalk. In a map of the United States each state may be made separately by a different child and then all pasted in place on the large piece of paper. These maps might be made on heavy cardboard. Suitable for middle and upper grades.

Map on wrapping paper

Map on wrapping paper showing suggestive borders, compass and design treatment.