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Chinese New Year Dragon Art for Toddlers

Chinese New Year is here and as always we are excited to include this celebration in our play adventures. Little N loves painting so today we set about doing some very simple Chinese New Year Dragon Painting, perfect for preschool children!

You will need:

Step 1
Fold your A4 sheet of paper in half, begin by painting one half of the paper. Little N has access to paintbrushes and sponges but she wanted to use her fingertips instead.

Step 2
Once the paper is looking beautiful and colorful, fold the paper in half and press the paint onto the other half of the paper. This will make your art work symmetrical and makes your Dragons face/body.

Step 3
Once your painting is fully dry, use the PVA glue to add your Dragons eyes.

Step 4
Finish off your Dragon Art by adding some curling ribbon.

We really enjoyed creating these Dragons. It was a perfect activity for Little N who is currently 2 years and 2 months old. 
This Dragon art can be done year in year out with young children too to celebrate Chinese New Year. I love how bright and colorful they are, and the fact they've not been created by using printables. It was a free play painting session.

Why is the Chinese Dragon used to celebrate Chinese New Year?
Chinese Dragons are a symbol of China and they are believed to bring good luck to people. You may have seen the famous dragon dances, performed during Chinese New Year celebrations - it is thought that the longer the dragon used in the dance, the more luck it will bring. A team of dancers work together to move the Dragon using poles that are fixed to the 'body'. 

Here is a great video showing people getting ready to celebrate Chinese New Year during a festival:

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  1. The dragons are awesome! We'll need to create something like that - thanks for a great idea!

  2. Loving these dragons. So bright and colourful!

  3. Oh I love how each dragon art is totally unique. Awesome!

  4. Oh thats beautiful i was looking how can i do dragon painting with toodlers , thanx for the great idea😊

  5. Oh thats beautiful i was looking how can i do dragon painting with toodlers , thanx for the great idea😊


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