Here is a link to the step-by-step You Tube video I made on how to fold the light lantern:
Then they just follow the video (and they can start the video, pause it, stop it, watch it over and over, to follow each fold to make, then they blow some air into it to puff it up) and make the origami paper mini light bulb cover.
If you have colored tree lights then the white paper takes on the color of the light bulb. If your tree lights are all white, you can use different colors of copy paper to make the lanterns a variety of colors.
In the above picture the red and blue lanterns are made of white paper. The yellow lantern was made with pastel yellow copy paper.
Or just use white paper on white lights to diffuse the light and make a beautiful larger soft light.
Disclaimer: Use at your own disgression. Do not cover any lights that produce any heat. You are responsible for your safety in using these lanterns on safe lights.
These origami lanterns are also used as water balloons. So once the kiddies learn how to fold the lantern, then they can fold them for water balloons in the summertime! Cool, huh!!!