Here’s what you’ll need:
1. One or more ignitable floating lanterns, such as Sky Lantern® (available at www.skylanterns.us, or at your local fireworks outlet)
2. Matches or a candle lighter
3. A fire extinguisher...just in case!
NOTE: Be sure to do this on a calm day! Wind will interfere, and will increase the risk of starting a fire. Also be sure that your area does not have burning restrictions!
In general, just follow the instructions on the lantern’s packaging! You will light the fuel below the large paper lantern using your matches or lighter, being careful not to burn the lantern. Allow the lantern to fill with hot air, let it go, and watch it fly!
Now that you’ve seen a paper lantern fly, try to make your own! Use light tissue paper, some strong glue, and some very thin wire for the base. Use old newspaper soaked in vegetable oil for the fuel. Try your lantern in an open area, far away from any homes!
If you make a paper flying lantern, take pictures or video, and share with us! Go to https://www.facebook.com/discoveryexpresskids, and post them on our page!!