Make a Chinese Dragon
For centuries, the dragon has been a cherished symbol in many Asian cultures. Dating back to ancient times, the Chinese adorned buildings, monuments, and other important architectural structures with images of these mighty (and graceful) creatures. Dragons are believed to represent the Chinese emperors, and are the first of the four Divine Creatures in Chinese culture (the other three are the unicorn, the phoenix, and the tortoise). Make this dragon relief with your first grader to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and teach her about an important part of Chinese culture.
What You Need:
- Modeling clay
- 8" x 10" cardboard square
- Clay tools (you can use craft sticks or even plastic spoons or anything else you think might work)
- Optional: Tempera paints and brushes