Sparkling Dragon

Why

Celebrate Chinese New Year with a magnificent dragon parade! Or design this accordion-fold mythical creature to reenact fantasies.


Steps

1. Search for information and stories about dragons and their role in ancient Chinese culture. Find out about traditions that are still celebrated today. When is Chinese New Year celebrated next? What year of the zodiac is it?


2. You’ll need at least four pieces of construction paper to create this giant dragon. You might want to work with a classmate or two.


3. Draw a huge dragon’s head with Crayola® Twistables™. Fill the paper with its eyes, nose, horns, fire, and other features.


4. On more paper, draw the dragon’s immense body. Create colorful scales with Twistables™.


5. Create a unique dragon tail on still more paper. Will its tail be long, curled, and pointy, or wide and flat?


6. Design legs and/or wings for your dragon on another sheet.


7. Cut out all the dragon pieces with Crayola® Scissors. Attach pieces together with Crayola® Glue Sticks.


8. With Crayola® Washable Markers and Crayola® Glitter Glue, accent the dragon’s look. Will it be flashy and friendly or fierce and fiery? Air-dry the glitter glue.


9. Starting at the tail, fold the dragon back and forth like an accordion. You’re ready to celebrate Chinese New Year or tell stories of mythical creatures.


Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Glitter Glue— WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD—Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. Not for use on skin.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

Adaptations

  • Find out what other symbols are common during the Chinese New Years’ holiday. Design them, too.
  • Learn about the origins of dragons, what they symbolize, and in what cultures they continue to be heralded.

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Lesson Plans

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • Twistables®
  • Glue Sticks
  • Glitter Glue
  • Construction Paper

Overview

grades

  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6

subjects

  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts

time

  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Multiple Sessions

benefits

  • Students research ancient Chinese culture and find out what traditions are practiced today.

  • Students discover events and stories that feature dragons and similar mythical creatures.

  • Children individually or with partners design and create a multi-section folded-paper dragon.

Cirriculum

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