Art, Culture and Religion

Chinese Dragon

In our latest tale (the one in which the animals travel to China) the little kitten Tola is woken up by a dragon. The Chinese dragon is an important character – it used to symbolise the Emperor of China and even featured on the Chinese flag. And although the era of monarchic rule is long gone, the dragon has remained one of the most recognisable symbols of China. That’s why I suggest we create our own dragons this week.

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  • one long sheet of thick orange/yellow or red paper (60-80 cm long)
  • two A4 sheets of red/yellow or orange paper
  • paint colours: red, yellow and black
  • brushes of various thickness
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • black marker
  • colourful tissue paper
  • glue
  • adhesive tape
  • decorative beads / sequins / glitter
  • two sticks or strips of wood

Step 1

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Paint circles, dots, and dragon’s scales on the long sheet of paper. After the paint has dried, make several folds in the shape of an accordion. This will be the dragon’s body.

Step 2

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Sketch the dragon’s muzzle and tail with a pencil on the A4 sheets. To make this task easier for you, I’ve prepared templates of necessary parts so that you can outline them and cut them out. Now paint the dragon’s nostril and eye and colour the tail as you see fit.

Step 3

Glue the three pieces together and decorate the dragon with sequins and/or colourful strips of tissue paper. You can also use other materials, e.g., colourful yarn, glitter, felt. Fasten two sticks with a strong adhesive tape or glue to the other side of the dragon’s body – one next to the head, the other next to the tail. Your dragon is ready – careful, it might breathe fire!

This toy is great to play with outdoors. Fluttering tissue paper strips make the youngest kids so happy. ‘It’s like flying a kite,’ my child commented.