Sunday, January 22, 2012

dragon week part 1

Last week we had a fun week with a Dragon theme since Chinese new year is coming up.  We focused on dragons, and I know there's so much more we could have done, but I kinda pulled it together at the last minute.  In fact, I found some more things so we are going to have some more fun with dragons for a few more days.

First we made this Chinese New Year 3D paper model.  Actually, this was mostly me.  I put it together, but we all enjoy looking at her.
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We read the story of PING, and everyone contributed a piece to the art project that followed.  Aric colored the boat, April colored the duck, and I colored the background river.  Such a cute story of a little duck who lives on the Yangtze river.
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We spelled the word Dragon and glued those words to red and yellow party streamers.
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Our dragon words hanging up.  Somehow the big R went missing, but I found it later.  April was confused at first why it said DAGON, but I had hope we would find the R!
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Aaron loved rolling a dice with the characters from the movie "how to train your dragon" and graphed the results.  Aaron also traced the dragon, and wrote the letter Dd.
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Aric learned the character names from "how to train your dragon" movie.  He had a good time with this.  These are 3 part learning cards where he sees the name with the picture, and then he has to match the names and pictures that aren't together.
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Here he matched "Hiccup" with his dragon "toothless".
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April learned how to draw a cartoon dragon, and made this one for me.  Looks like we'll be working on how to spell Chinese :-)
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Aaron did a dragon color by number.  Not sure what ANOR means.  I think maybe it's the dragon's name??
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Aric did this activity...making a pattern out of the "how to train your dragon" characters.  I gave him the pieces and he did it all by himself.  He didn't want my help.  I was pretty impressed.  Like I said, this kid loves school!
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We also read some other books, but not very many.  I tried getting some from the library, but most of them were all checked out!  Must be a popular dragon time.  I need to add some dragon books to our library.

All these materials were found at the following blogs and websites:

  • DLTK's holiday activities:  The Chinese new year doll was from here. They have a whole Chinese new year section we did one of the dragon crafts here too.
  • Activity village:  They have a whole section for Chinese new year too.  Lots of fun printables too.  From here:  learn to draw a dragon.
  • 1+1+1=1:  This is where the "How to Train Your Dragon" activities came from.  She has a whole preschool pack.
The story of ping art activity was my own idea:-)  I have found a few more things to do this week, so I may post a part 2.  Tomorrow we're going to learn how to say:  Gung Hay Fat Choy, which means "wishing you good fortune and happiness".

Happy Chinese New Year!

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