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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