Ioan wanted to do a craft to remind everyone of our trip to see the Lion King at the theatre. He decided to make some lanterns.


  • Glass jars – ours used to have candles inside
  • Tea light
  • Scissors
  • Tissue paper
  • PVA glue
  • Glue stick


Ioan planned to have a battery operated tea light inside, then stick tissue paper around the side of the jars.

At first, Ioan tried glueing the back of the tissue paper, but this was quite fiddly.

Next, he decided to try putting glue straight on to the jar, instead of the tissue paoer. This worked much better so he stuck with this approach. `He chose red and orange for the background, like the colours of the sunset in the opening scenes of the Lion King.

He was how his first lantern was coming together.

This section of the score always reminds us of the Moana soundrack, but this time we both restrained from singing our usual, “I am Moannnaaaa!” at the top of our voices.

Ioan was happy with how his lion was taking shape.

With the lion lantern finished, he then started sticking a pink background on to the second jar. This was going to have an elephant on it.

Adding the trunk.

Ioan got out the watercolour with elephant silhouettes he made of the Lion King, to have it next to him as he worked.

Adding spots to the giraffe, while Cian worked on his African drumming in the background.

Ioan added the final touches with scrunched up paper.

To test out the lanterns, he put some tea lights inside and waited until it went dark. We loved seeing them flickering away.

DfES Outcomes for EYFS and National Curriculum (2013)

Art and Design Key Stage 2 programme of study

Pupils should be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

Science Year 3 programme of study


  • recognise that they need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light
  • recognise that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by an opaque object