Monday, January 30, 2012

Happy Chiense New Year Have a great Year of The Dragon!

I love learning about this holiday with students...This year is the year of the dragon which makes it even better.

Chinese new year is a lunar holiday and is one week long this year it is Jan 20-27th.

I gave my  after school care students a packet on coloring sheets that I have compiled over the years on the topic of Chinese New Year and of dragons. We have also completed several projects about the theme.

Students made paper fortune cookies.. with circles of paper that we pinched and folded and adhered with a little bite of glue.

 We also created a drawing of paper lanterns lite up at night . I borrowed this idea from a blog I follow called
 Art Projects For Kids written by another art teacher. For her variation of this project she used oil pastels since we do not have those avialble at the after school program we used crayons and copy paper.


We also created red money envelopes that are used for Chinese New Year called om Pei. I gave the students xerox copies of Chinese coins to cut and put in to envelopes. Students started with a template for second grade students a gave them the option to either trace the template onto red construction paper  or use the xerox copy template I gave them directly. I also gave the students copies of  terms in Chinese calligraphy to let them  copy or cut an paste onto their envelopes.


step one draw picture on envelope front

step two flap under large flap then fold side flaps adhere with a glue stick

Other projects include a large collaborative parade dragon. I made this first in 2006 when I was a preschool teacher at a daycare studying this them with my students. I used a brown paper bag for the head of the dragon and used old manilla folders, a Styrofoam ball and tape for the nose and the mouth. Each year students add to the dragon gluing on extra scales and adding glitter, string of other shiny embellishments. Then on the Friday we will parade  it around the schools hallways.



We also used two xerox copy templates to make our own parade puppets and dragon masks. The Crayola webpage has an excellent template that you can print and make copies of.

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