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A traditional Chinese arts and crafts activity is paper cutting. You can make beautiful things like snowflakes, a frog, flowers, and designs by simply folding paper, drawing a design and cutting it out.

When you unfold it, you will be surprised with your beautiful creation. Have you ever made a paper heart by folding a piece of paper in half? Drawing half a heart on one side, then cutting on your outline to get a full heart.

By doing a few more folds, you can create a more intricate design.

Let's try making a snowflake. Follow these simple steps. Take a square piece of paper and fold it diagonally in half so it looks like a triangle. Now fold it again in half so you have a smaller triangle. Keep folding into triangles until you have a 45 degree triangle. Then cut it and create a unique snowflake. Remember no two are alike.