Chinese dragons

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By Lizzy Courtneyteacher

The year 2012 was the Chinese Year of the Dragon. Celebrate Chinese New Year with these dragon activities.

Eastern Dragons have a far better reputation than their Western counterparts. You won’t catch a Chinese warrior slaying a dragon, for in Chinese culture they are considered beautiful, friendly and wise. Begin your work on Chinese dragons by looking at the imagery of the dragon. The following lesson could be used as part of a literacy unit on instructions or a speaking and listening activity.


The image of the dragon

Your children will probably be familiar with the image of a Western dragon (for example, a Welsh dragon) but a Chinese dragon is a far more complex creature. Before you show your children any images of a Chinese dragon, ask them what they imagine a dragon looks like. Ask them to share their ideas with a friend then explain to them that a Chinese dragon is said to be made up of many different creatures. Tell them that they are going to draw a Chinese dragon but they must listen very carefully to the instructions and not draw each body part until you tell them. Read instructions on Activity sheet, ‘Draw a Chinese dragon’, allowing a few minutes for drawing between each one.

Draw a Chinese dragon

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  1. SjS
    on 6 January 2012

    Year of the Dragon

    Super Resource which I am going to use at the end of January, out in plenty of time and super to see some new resources!