Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Craft - Dragon Puppet

You can find all our posts on Chinese New Year HERE

Pea and Elle worked on their dragon puppets this week, in honor of the Dragon Dance. Elle is still working on hers, but Pea's just waiting for the dowels to dry and it will be complete.

We used this tutorial at Spoonful, and customized it with extra details. We cut out more of the "hair" templates to give the dragon's face more pomp. Adding colorful pompoms and yarn "beard" mimics fur and gives more texture. Pea also wanted a tongue with magical pearl, so we cut a strip of red cardstock, stapled one end to the back of the top mouthpiece (top egg carton) and glued (using glue gun) the other end to the front of the bottom mouthpiece, giving the tongue a wave. She then glued a glass pebble as the pearl.

For the fabric body, we cut a piece from our scrap fabric pile, and she decorated it with metallic, paint and permanent markers. We then stapled it inside out along the long edge.

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