Dragons, which symbolise strength, power and excellence, date back thousands of years in Chinese culture. To celebrate these mythical creatures, the Chinese developed dragon boating, which eventually became a traditional ritual during summer festivals. Nowadays, dragon boating is considered a competitive global sport. A typical crew is composed of about 20 paddlers, led by a drummer, who synchronises the motion of the rowers. Learn the ancient history and inspiration behind these boats by crafting this simple children's toy.
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Things you need
- Coloured card stock
- Hole punch
- Curling ribbon
- Craft stick
Draw a long boat on a piece of card stock. A typical dragon boat resembles a canoe. Cut out.
Draw the face of a dragon on another piece of card stock. Include bulging eyes, flaring nostrils and a wide open mouth. Cut out
Decorate the boat to look like a dragon body and tail. Create scales with markers and glitter. Colour in the face of the dragon with markers and glitter.
Create steam coming from the dragon's nose. Poke two holes in the nostrils. Insert a short piece of ribbon through the holes and curl the ends.
Glue feathers to the tail of the boat as well as the head of the dragon.
Poke a hole in the dragon head and at one end of the boat. Align the head hole over the boat hole and attach, using a brad. The head should still be able to move. Glue a craft stick behind the body of the boat to hold the decoration.
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