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					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.

                          A pre bought wooden head can be used if time is
Chicken Wire              a premium or a child or adult could take the place
Mod Roc                   of the dragon’s head dressed with a mask or
Wire Cutters              headdress.
Newspaper
Acrylic Paint



3 strips of material    White and blue felt          Pink and white tissue
(3m lengths)            Needles                      paper
Red and yellow felt     Thread                       Long pipe cleaners
Needles                 Bamboo rods                  (green)
Threads
Small bells
Thick wire or 4 large   In order to provide a focus point for the dragon, a
hoops                   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
Card
                        and the illusion of a mountainous landscape and
Tissue Paper
                        children could be asked to create tissue paper
Sequins                 fish for a dragon’s pool.
Glue/glue sticks
Pens
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 struc-
ture 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.

				
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