Gung Hey Fat Choy!

Chinese New Year falls on Valentine’s Day this year! Chinese New Year is often celebrated with a parade led by a long, colorful dragon. My 1st graders drew a fun Chinese Dragon to ring in the “Year of the Tiger”!

1. Cut a piece of 12″x18″ white construction paper in half to measure 6″x18″.
2. Using pencil, draw a long curvy “snake-shape” across the middle of your paper. Leave room at the head-end for plenty of fire breathing!
3. Add front and back legs, with sharp claws.
4. Add wings, if you want.
5. Now put your pencil away and trace your lines with a black “F” Sharpie. Use only Sharpie for the rest of your details.
6. Draw a line across the middle of the body, dividing it in half. Add scales on the upper half and a different pattern on the lower half.
7. Add spikes across your dragon’s back, sharp fangs and fire coming out of its mouth.
8. Write the words, “Gung Hey Fat Choy” (“Happy Chinese New Year”) at the top.
9. Color your dragon with crayons or markers.

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