How to make a Chinese Dragon Puppet

The Chinese New Year begins on February 16th this year, and to celebrate the Chinese New Year, we are going to show you how to make a Chinese Dragon Puppet. In the Chinese culture, the dragon symbolizes power and strength, and chases away evil spirits. It also brings good luck to people.  Make your own Chinese Dragon Puppet and welcome good fortune in the coming year!

Age: 5+

Duration: 15 minutes

Learning Outcomes: Exercise fine motor skills. Integrate art, and holiday activities. Makes a perfect take-home craft.

You’ll Need:

  1.  Open Roylco R15198 Creatures and Animals Value Pack and choose the paper you are going to work on. This pack includes diverse collection of nature themed craft papers.
  2. Draw the dragons head on the white craft cardstock. Note: We divide the dragons head into two parts. The upper and lower part of the head.
  3. Cut the two parts of the dragons head out. Trace them onto the craft paper, and cut them out.
  4. Glue the colorful pattern paper on the white craft paper dragon head. Take out one piece of  red paper from R15219 Elementary Origami Animals . Use the red paper to decorate the tongue of the dragon. Draw the dragon’s eyes and nose on the white craft paper, cut them out and glue them onto dragon’s face.

Let’s start to work on the dragon’s tail and body.

5.Draw the dragon’s tail on the white craft cardstock and the colorful craft paper.

6.Cut them out and glue them together. You will get a colorful dragon tail.

7.Let’s work on the dragon’s body. Take out two pieces of R15312 Sealife Print Papers.  You can also use other paper patterns from the R15198 Creatures and Animals Value Pack . Cut the paper in half, now you have four pieces of paper. Fold the strips of paper into an accordion pattern, and glue them together.

We have two ways to make the dragon puppet. You can glue the head, body and tail together and tape on the stick ( I used a straw from Roylco’s R6085 Straws & Connectors™) at the back of the head and tail. Please see the picture below. The dragon puppet is ready !

If you want to create a live action video with the dragon puppet. We have some more work to do.

8. Let’s take two green strips out of the Roylco R72020 Green Screen Live Action Video Kit. Prepare some thumbtacks and a hole punch.

9. Lay the dragon’s upper head on top of the lower head.  Find a point where both parts of the head join and punch a hole. Flip the dragon’s upper head to the back and tape on a green strip.

10. Take another green strip and punch a hole through it. Put a thumbtack through the hole and connect the upper head, lower head and the green strip together.

11. When you move the strip on the left, the dragon’s mouth will open and shut.

You can use the same method to add the green strip to the tail. Then we can glue the head, body and tail together. When you move the green strips, the dragon comes alive! The head, the body and the tail are moving.

Voila! The dragon puppet is ready for your digital storytelling!

Please visit http://roylco.com/shop/r72020-green-screen-live-action-video-kit for more information.

 

 

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Make Chinese Lanterns for Chinese New Year

The Chinese Lantern Festival is a Chinese festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunisolar Chinese calendar. It marks the final day of the traditional Chinese New Year celebrations, and falls on March 2nd in 2018. During the Lantern Festival, children carry paper lanterns and go out at night. People also go to temples to solve riddles on the lanterns.

Age: 5+

Duration: 8-10 minutes

Learning Outcomes: Explore cultural traditions and symbols. Practice folding and taping. Exercise Fine motor skills. Create a take-home craft.

You’ll Need:

Ideas:

  • Use your own imagination and add some decorations to the lanterns.
  • To add complexity to your design, fold the slotted tube at the top of one or both ends of the slots. Affix it to the internal cylinder. Alternatively, after taping one end of the cylinder in place, rotate the slotted tube and tape to the bottom of the cylinder. This will give your lantern a spiral look.

Today the lanterns are very popular, not for practical reasons, but for the symbolic role they play in ceremonies and celebrations. Light up your classroom with these wonderful paper lanterns!

Please visit http://roylco.com/shop/r22021-color-in-chinese-lanterns for more information.

 

Celebrate Mardi Gras with Gorgeous Color Diffusing Masks

Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, reflecting the practice of the last night of eating rich, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season. It always falls the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.   It is a time of great celebration where people throw parades and parties. Today we are going to teach you how to use Roylco R52081 Maridi Gras Color Diffusing Masks to make gorgeous masks. Let’s get ready for the parades and parties!

Age: 4+

Duration: 12 minutes

Learning Outcomes: Exercise fine motor skills. Integrate art,  and holiday activities. Makes a perfect take-home craft.

You’ll Need:

  1. Use liquid watercolor paint or water-based markers. The colors will mix and flow
    to produce interesting effects.
  2. To paint the paper, roughly cut out the images you will use for your mask. Note: you can mix and match components.
  3. It is important to plan your mask because there may be more than one mask image per sheet of color diffusing paper.
  4. Lay the pieces onto a paint tray or several sheets of newspaper to protect your work surface.
  5. Drip some liquid watercolor paint on and watch the colors flow. Tip: because the colors will mix, it is a good idea to work with only two or three colors—too many colors will result in brown masks!
  6. If you are using markers, color in the areas using as many different colored markers as you like. Once complete, spritz the sheet with a little water from a spray bottle, The water will help the marker to blend and “bleed” to produce a beautiful effect.
  7. Once completely dry, cut out the painted images. Add extra details with gel pen, markers or glitter glue before gluing onto the masks.

Ideas: To add even more interest to your mask, sprinkle a little salt over the mask before dripping on the paint. The salt will dissolve and add subtle star-burst highlights. You can add details with crayon before painting. The crayon will resist the paint and the detail will appear on the finished artwork.

Please visit http://roylco.com/shop/r52081-mardi-gras-color-diffusing-masks for more information.