ARTS & CRAFTS

Paper Petals

Cherry Blossom represents spring and new beginnings. Celebrate the start of the season by making your own cherry blossom flower out of recycled materials.

Teru Teru Bozu

These good weather charms are traditional Japanese dolls made out of white cloth. Children typically hang these dolls in their window to bring good weather….especially before festivals.

Daruma Doll

The Daruma Doll comes from a Japanese legend of Daruma, a Zen Buddhist. In the legend, Daruma sat in a cave meditating for so long that he lost the use of his arms and legs. Today, people often buy Daruma Dolls when they want to achieve a goal.

Cherry Blossom Tree

Color and create a cherry blossom tree you might find at the Tidal Basin.

Blossom Kite Festival

Create your own scene of kites by the Washington Monument inspired by the Blossom Kite Festival. Each March, the National Cherry Blossom Festival plans the Blossom Kite Festival to celebrate kite flying traditions.

Koi Fish

Koi or carp are a Japanese symbol for overcoming life’s difficulties. Parents hope that their children will overcome obstacles, like the fish, and grow up to be healthy adults.