Imaginary worlds: Dragon’s den

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By Jenni Tavenerearly years teacher and writer

Introduce dragons, fairies and giants with this creative display and model-making ideas

Dragon's den

Dragon display

Create a dragon using recyclable materials

Creative Development

Exploring Media and Materials

Development matters: begin to be interested in and describe the texture of things (30-50 months); work creatively on a large or small scale (40-60+ months).

Early learning goal: explore colour, texture, shape, form and space in two or three dimensions.

What you need

Group size: small groups.

Pictures, posters and storybooks featuring dragons such as The Trouble with Dragons by Debi Gliori (Bloomsbury); large sheet of card; strong tape; PVA glue; variety of textured recyclable papers and materials; acrylic paints; painting equipment.

What to do

Look at pictures, posters and story books featuring dragons. Talk with the children about the features they would like to create on a shared dragon display, for example, flames blowing out of its mouth, a rough scaly body and pointed teeth.

Tape a large sheet of card to the floor and invite the children to help draw the outline of a large dragon. Explain that there is no right or wrong dragon shape and they can use their imagination.

Provide the children with a wide range of recyclable paper and material to cut up and glue on to the dragon to create a textured body. Encourage them to recall some of their initial ideas, to adapt ideas and generate new ideas as they work.

Help the children to mix thick paints to decorate the textured dragon and to emphasise features such eyes, a nose, a mouth, claws and flames.

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