Chinese Dragon project for kids

Chinese Dragon Project

Chinese Dragon
Chinese dragon, made by kids at
Laurelhurst School, Portland Oregon

Beginning at least as early as the Chou Dynasty, around 1100 BC, dragons like this one were the symbols of the Emperors in China. In the Taoist view of the world, dragons were part of the yang. In China, people think of dragons as good, and respect them: they get mad if a picture shows someone killing a dragon.

To make this dragon, tape small balloons or crushed balls of paper together to make the rough shape of the dragon. Then cover the whole thing with a thick layer of papier-mache, let it dry, and paint it red. When the red dries, paint on the scales.

Other activities:

    * Paper-making
    * Making a compass
    * Making a kite

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