Dragons

Peakles and Dragon
Peakles and Dragon

Chinese Dragons are a huge part of the New Year Celebrations and the New Year is heralded in by the ‘dotting of the dragon’s eye’ followed by the dragon dance and the setting off of hundreds of firecrackers!

Materials:

Paper plate, length of card or thick paper.  Variety of coloured paints, two sticks and sticky tape. Round white stickers (or use labels for eyes), a pencil and scissors (adult use only)

What we did:

First we added dots of paint to the paper plate.

Adding dots of paint
Adding dots of paint

Then we folded the plate in half and pressed down.

Printing fun!
Printing fun!

As you can see from the picture Peakles enjoyed doing this so much that we made LOTS of prints – keep following to find out what we are going to do with them all!!

When we opened it we hard made a symmetrical (butterfly) print which we left to dry.

Opened out and ready to dry
Opened out and ready to dry

Once dry we folded the plate in half and took another plate and used this to draw a quarter circle on the plate and then cut it to make the head and the tail.

Dragon paper plate folded
Dragon paper plate folded

 

Cut semi circle to make head and tail
Cut semi circle to make head and tail

We then took  a long (landscape) piece of folded card and using sticky tape we stuck on the head, tail and sticks.

 

Dragon with stickers for eyes
Dragon with stickers for eyes

Finally we added the white labels for eyes and added the pupil to make our dragon ‘come alive’!

Chinese dragon with eye dotted
Chinese dragon with eye dotted

Peakles enjoyed making this so much that she cannot wait to make another for 2014!

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