January 15, 2020 / Events
Squish Dragon Art for Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year on 25th Jan 2020! We have been trying out some of the activities available in our Chinese New Year 2020 download kit. This is an awesome open-ended art activity to do with children of any age!
For Chinese New Year celebrations why not try some Squish dragon painting…
You will need:
- Bright coloured paints
- Googley eyes
- An imagination
How to do the activity:
Using different bright coloured paints, encourage the children to paint dolops of paint on the paper and then fold in half. The children then smush the paint around that is inside the folded paper. Once they feel they have finished, unfold their painting and allow it to dry. Once their picture is dry, set up the art table with glue, streamers, confetti, googley eyes and whatever else the children wish to add to their pictures. Glue the little googley eyes and streamers or ribbon onto the paintings to create dragons!
Through this activity the children experience (Te Whariki, Communication, Goal 4) an environment where they discover and develop different ways to be creative and expressive. They can explore creating a masterpiece while using a number of different art mediums and materials, such as collage, painting, and printmaking. They can explore cause and effect, as well as gain fine motor development. There are also lots of opportunities for language and social development through these types of learning experiences. Providing this experience where children can learn alongside one another enhances the social learning outcomes. Having a teacher interact alongside the children as they engage in this learning experience also provides an opportunity for learning such as descriptive language, and problem-solving.