Sunday, February 14, 2010
Chinese Dragon Handprint
We love celebrating holidays in our house! I did this super cute project with my younger two girls. They had lots of questions about Chinese New Year, and I got to learn a lot as I researched the answers to their questions. Art has such a wonderful way of teaching about life!!!
::Paint--we used red, yellow, orange and green
::google eyes (optional)
::little hands that are willing to get messy
First, we looked at pictures of a traditional Chinese New Year dragon costume. We talked about the bright colors, and how the person wears it, and the parades they dance in. Have your child draw a line on their paper that mimics the curves of the long dragon.
Next, we are going to "follow" the line with our hands. Do this first withOUT paint. Next, you will help the child paint colors (one at a time) on their hands and they can continue to follow the line.
For the head, we just painted the palms of the hand.
To finish with the legs and the furs around the head, the girls dipped just their fingers in to paint these parts.
After it was dry, they went back in with a white crayon and drew teeth. We also added google eyes on pom-poms. This part can be omitted--gives it a bit more of a "crafty" look, but the girls loved it!!!
This one is by the two-year old!! Not Bad.