This is another one of those projects that children of all ages can succeed with!  It is super simple to set up and can be done in a whole group setting.   These Chinese “scrolls” are beautiful to hang.  I have used different sources for the Chinese characters – this time I chose the Chinese numbers 4, 5, and 6.  Before we begin, I tell the children that half the beauty of Chinese calligraphy is the brush strokes. “Do not paint over a brush stroke!  It is beautiful just as it is!”  We look at examples so they understand.

What you will need:  black paint, paint brushes, white construction paper cut in half length-wise, red ribbon for hanging.

Paint a square.  Make a “J” and a backwards “J.”
Draw a uppercase I.  Draw a line through the middle and bring it down at a slant.
This number looks like a person! Draw a “sleeping” line. Draw two slanting lines.  Make a small, single line above the sleeping line.