It used to be traditional to set off very loud firecrackers at the beginning of Chinese New Year, to warn away the man-eating monster Nian and to welcome in the New Year. Your kids can make their own - less noisy - Chinese firecrackers with this Chinese New Year craft idea.
You will need:
Toilet roll tube
Red and gold paint
Simply paint your tube red and leave to dry. Decorate with gold paint. You could paint pink blossoms on your fire crackers, too, like the ones above, or perhaps paint some of the Chinese zodiac animals.
You could display your Chinese firecracker on the mantelpiece and use it to store some Chinese New Year goodies!
Chinese firecrackers hanging in bunches