Japanese Crafts for Preschoolers

Japanese crafts for preschoolers by Kidz Activities

This is the time of the year that cherry blossoms start to bloom all throughout Japan. So to introduce the Japanese culture to preschoolers, Kidz Activities has put together this list of Japanese crafts for preschoolers…

Spring time in Japan means the appearance of cherry blossoms. Alpha Mom shares how to make cherry blossoms using a soda bottle… so ingenious yet easy enough for preschoolers to recreate at home.

Japanese crafts for preschoolers compiled by Kidz Activities

Here’s another easy cherry blossom craft by Pink Stripey Socks. Preschoolers will love scrunching those pink pieces of paper, dunking them in glue and sticking them on the tree template. A link to a free printable tree template is also provided (which you can use for the soda bottle cherry blossom craft too).

Japanese crafts for preschoolers compiled by Kidz Activities

Every year, the Japanese celebrate Children’s Day on May 5 (the 5th day of the 5th month). It has been a tradition to create Koinoburi – a Japanese flying carp that is made to flutter in the wind. Landscapes across Japan are decorated with koinobori from April to early May, in honor of sons for a good future and in the hope that they will grow up healthy and strong. Introduce your child to the Japanese’s Children’s Day by letting them make their own flying carp by Squirrelly Minds.

Japanese crafts for preschoolers compiled by Kidz Activities

Often associated with festivals, paper lanterns are common in Japan. Let your preschoolers make their own Japanese paper lanterns (by Inner Child Fun). Hang a few of them together and it would make lovely decoration for a party…

Japanese crafts for preschoolers compiled by Kidz Activities

You can also grab a free Japanese paper lantern printable to by Crayola.

Let your girls create these beautiful Japanese fans by The Crafty Classroom using scrapbook paper and some string and beads…

Japanese crafts for preschoolers compiled by Kidz Activities

An older child will definitely be able to recreate these oriental fans made of paper plates and watercolor by Artescuola. But who says preschoolers can’t have a crack at it? They may not be successful in creating oriental looking patterns, but it is a fun craft that involves color recognition, color mixing, painting and fine motor skills.

Japanese crafts for preschoolers compiled by Kidz Activities

Kids, especially young boys, are often fascinated with ninjas, a class of 14th century Japanese who were trained in martial arts and were hired for espionage and assassinations. Thanks to Lego’s Ninjago, ninjas have been popularized among young boys.

Create this Ninjago mask by No Time for Flash Cards with your preschooler, at the same time reinforcing his knowledge of shapes…

Japanese crafts for preschoolers compiled by Kidz Activities

If the boys haven’t had enough of ninjas, create these easy craft stick ninjas (or mummies) by Crafts by Amanda

Japanese crafts for preschoolers compiled by Kidz Activities

And still on ninjas… Boys will love creating these ninja nunchucks craft made of recycled toilet paper (by No Time for Flash Cards)…

Japanese crafts for preschoolers compiled by Kidz Activities

Craft, Interrupted created “Fushi Platters” for her son’s birthday party. “Fushi” stands for Fun/Fake Sushi… sushi made of cakes, snacks and candies! Involve your preschoolers in creating their own “Fushi Platter.” Look at the picture below… at first glance, who would’ve guessed they were all made of sweets?! She also created an impressive Ninjago themed party for her son.

Japanese crafts for preschoolers compiled by Kidz Activities

And lastly, to reinforce your Japanese themed week at home, make sushi together with your preschoolers. Your little ones will love helping by putting the rice and the filling on the seaweed. And remember to make them to fit those little mouths by following this Easy Homemade Sushi recipe by Kidz Activities – it’s perfect for the lunch box of school aged kids too!

Easy Homemade Sushi - Perfect for the Lunch Box by Kidz Activities

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