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DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Koinobori (Carp Streamer) Toilet Paper Roll Craft

Contributed by Leanne Guenther

Koinobori are carp-looking wind socks that Japanese people hang up to decorate on Children's Day (Tengo no Sekku) which is a National holiday celebrated on May 5th each year. Children's Day is a day to celebrate the happiness of children and to honor mothers.

Originally, Tengo no Sekku was celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th moon of the Lunar calendar. Once Japan adopted the 12 month "Gregorian" calendar, they decided to celebrate on May 5th.

Traditionally, Koinobori are made by drawing carp patterns onto paper or cloth and hanging them to flutter in the wind. Ours is made with a printable template and a cardboard tube which is a little different than tradition, but still fun for the kids!

"The Japanese consider the carp the most spirited fish -- so full of energy and power that it can fight its way up swift-running streams and cascades. Because of its strength and determination to overcome all obstacles, it stands for courage and the ability to attain high goals. Since these are traits desired in boys, families traditionally flew Koinobori from their homes to honor their sons." (Japanese American National Museum, 2006)

This is a simple cut and paste paper craft that uses a toilet paper roll as a base to make it three dimensional.

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Templates:

Template 1  (color)   or   (B&W)

Template 2  (color)   or   (B&W)

 

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