Dragon Mask Craft
Make this easy dragon mask and organize your own parade for Chinese New Year. You can dance around the classroom, in the halls or join a parade in your town with each child participating with their own mask. It is also a good opportunity to talk about the culture and traditions of China.
The dragon dance itself originated sometime during the Han Dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE) as a way to pray to the gods, or perhaps the dragons themselves, for much-needed rain for crop harvests. Source: ProjectPengyou – Dragons that Dance: A Brief History of Dragon Dances on Chinese New Year
- Card Stock or Heavy Paper
- Glue Stick or White Glue
- Straw or Dowel
- Print and cut out the mask in color or black and white. Have the kids color their mask before cutting if using the black and white version.
- Glue mask to dowel or straw using the picture for a reference
- Line the kids up and have them dance in a moving line winding right and left pretending to be the dragon
Patterns, Templates and Printables
Click on a pattern to open it in a new window to print in the correct size
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