Dancing Dragon This is a large scale project that can be created within a week. Some preparatory work is required - the wire frame for the dragon’s head is best prepared in advance ready to be worked on. Chicken Wire Mod Roc Wire Cutters Newspaper Acrylic Paint A pre bought wooden head can be used if time is a premium or a child or adult could take the place of the dragon’s head dressed with a mask or headdress. 3 strips of material (3m lengths) Red and yellow felt Needles Threads Small bells Thick wire or 4 large hoops White and blue felt Needles Thread Bamboo rods Pink and white tissue paper Long pipe cleaners (green) Card Tissue Paper Sequins Glue/glue sticks Pens In order to provide a focus point for the dragon, a backdrop could be created. Use a roll of sky patterned paper to cover display boards and a blue border roll to neaten edges. Boxes covered with grey material will create rocks and the illusion of a mountainous landscape and children could be asked to create tissue paper fish for a dragon’s pool. Head 1. Using chicken wire, create a head about 45 cm in length and 30 cm high. Support the frame by inserting screwed up newspaper inside. Additional sections, (eyes, nostrils) can be added once the main structure is complete. Using thin wire, create rings and position them equally around the back of the head. (This is where the body will be attached later.) 2. Cut strips of mod-roc and dip briefly into a tub of water. Lay over mesh until wire is no longer visible. (Leave rings visible!) Allow to dry. 3. Paint the head using acrylics. Add detail. Traditionally, the eyes are always painted last - after which the dragon Is alive! Body 1 Sew three panels of material together lengthways. 2 Cut felt to make a spine and sew down centre of the middle panel. 3 Cut and add a tail. 4. Sew on wishing scales as they are completed. Sew on bells and any other embellishment. 6 Attach hoops to the underside of the body and finally, the body to the head. Final Presentation 1 Cut out clouds out of white felt, (double the felt so you cut two sections at a time) 2 Sew around the edge & decorate with blue felt . 3 Fill with wadding or cotton wool. 4 Insert dwelling rods. 1 Cut out tissue paper petals 2 Arrange around a pipe cleaner and attach with Sellotape. Final Presentation To bring the dragon to life, ask children to hold the hoops underneath the dragon’s body. Two children will need to hold each hoop. Other children can hold the tail, blossom and clouds and parade around with the dragon. An older child or an adult will need to support the head. Chinese musicians can accompany the dragon as he dances or Chinese music can be played for the children to move around to.