After learning the history of the Chinese New Year and viewing pictures of a variety of dragons, children will create their own beautifully colored dancing dragon and march around the room to the beat of Chinese music.
- Different colored paints
- 3 sheets of white typing paper for each child
- A dragon template or pencil to freehand
- Black marker
- 2 tongue depressors per student
Create Your Dancing Dragon:
This project will take a few art periods to complete.
Day 1: Older children will enjoy drawing their own dragons. Younger children can use the the dragon templates available to download if you click on the link. Print out the templates on white typing paper or have children freehand their own. Draw a dragon head on one sheet, body on the second sheet and the tail on the third piece of paper. Outline the dragon with the black marker pen. Using bright colors and the paint brush, paint the dragon.
Day 2: Once the dragon is dry, the children can decorate their dragons with glue and glitter.
Day 3: Complete the dragon by cutting it out, folding the body like an accordion, and taping the three pieces together. Place the tape on the back of the dragon and attach a tongue depressor on the head and tail using tape.
Once the dragons are complete, play some Chinese music and have children make their dragons dance and sway to the beat. The dragon head template can be found here. The dragon body and tail can be found here.