Moving away from friends is difficult, especially when everything and everyone is so different from what you know.  Friends are Friends, Forever by Dane Liu and illustrated by Lynn Scurfield reminds readers that the need to share, respect, and love has the ability to transcend culture, language, background, and race.  Share this story, then make red paper snowflakes like the one in the story to celebrate the Lunar New Year, commonly known as the Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival. 

Red Paper Snowflakes

Materials needed: Scissors and red paper cut into a square.  Recycled tissue paper works well and reusing items that would otherwise be thrown away is great for the environment!  Although your snowflakes will be very delicate the tissue paper is very easy for little hands to cut.  Construction paper also works well and will produce a much sturdier snowflake. 


  1. Fold your square piece of red paper in half to make a rectangle.
  2. Fold your rectangle in half to make a square.
  3. Fold your square in half to make a triangle
  4. Fold your triangle in half one more time to make a smaller triangle.
  5. Cut off the double-pointed side of the triangle.
  6. Cut into the sides of the triangle however you like. 
  7. Slowly unfold your snowflake and see what beautiful design you made!