Celebrate the Lunar New Year with a DIY Chinese dragon sensory puzzle.
I always enjoy introducing different cultures to my kids through simple plays. It does not only provides them with a unique glimpse into diverse customs but also fosters an appreciation for the richness of our global tapestry.
Dragons have been an integral part of the Chinese culture for thousand of years. They appear in folklore, art and literature. The dragon embodies the spirit of celestial beings, bringing luck and prosperity on the winds of its mythical breath while its gentle roar whispers tales of tradition and magic that echo through the pages of time.
If your kids love dragons like my boys, engaging them in a dragon-themed activity helps tap their fascination with these mythical creatures and creates a magical play experience. Not only will they immerse in a world of imagination, but they are also embracing the rich symbolism of Chinese dragons.
How to create a Chinese dragon sensory puzzle:
- Recycled cardboard
- Acrylic paint
- Black marker
- Glue gun and stick
- Pencil and eraser
- Red petals
- Yellow split peas
- Spoons and scoops
- Sketch a dragon on a piece of cardboard.
- Paint it according to the color of your preferred dragon. I used red, yellow, green, white, and orange.
- Use the black marker to outline the dragon’s body and face.
- Cut a few 1-inch strips of cardboard.
- Glue the strips of cardboard onto the dragon’s outline.
- Once the puzzle is done, cut out the extra cardboard on the sides.
How to play:
- Fill the different containers with different fillers.
- Place the spoons and scoops.
- Let the kids explore the different fillers and fill the puzzle.
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