Horned Chinese Dragon art ideas!  This is the fourth week of the “How I Safari” Safari Ltd. promotion and this week They sent me a Horned Chinese Dragon (non-affiliate link). The Horned Chinese Dragon is typically seen for New Year festivities. Both Dragons and the color red are considered to bring good luck. The dragon is thought to bring rain, also. This post includes some coloring pages and art ideas for making dragons.  If your children or students like to paint or work with paper crafts there may be an idea here to use. There was no other compensation involved, and this review is my own opinion. The free printable includes art activity suggestions and dragon coloring pages.  As you know, Gnorman the Green Gnome recently flew to Shanghai where he learned many new things from A to Z, as shared in that blog post. He also recently learned all about the Chinese Zodiac, as described in the post. Here he is pictured with his new friend the Jade Owl and other souvenirs, along with the Safari Ltd. dragon.

Horned Chinese Dragon Art Ideas and Free Coloring Pages

Dragon Art Ideas

All of this travel made him feel creative, and here are some of his art projects about dragons. Because the Chinese dragon is long and skinny, it is easier for children to draw. Then add triangles and that makes a pretty nice art piece. Children could either use thumbprints or dabbers to make a long worm shape, to begin with, and then add some markers or crayons to make the first idea. A dabber used sideways (on the edge) will make the horns, yellow scales, and toes. dabbers-or-thumbprint-dragon-activity

Another idea is to use paper scraps, tissue paper, tin foil, and small twigs for a DIY papercraft dragon. The instructions are included in the PDF. Dragon-paper-and-drawing-craft-with-twig-hornsPainting is very fun, also, and the dragon can be as intricate as the child wants it to be. If the scales are outlined in paint and allowed to dry somewhat, a water wash can be added to make it look like there is some dimension in the painting. paint-a-dragon-activity

Dragon Puzzle

Pattern block shapes can be arranged to form dragons, also. DIY fun! Pattern blocks and puzzle shape pieces might be used. make-your-own-puzzle-piece-dragonThank you for reading, Carolyn


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Social Studies Resources

Abe Lincoln’s Hat has a free supplemental book activity at this link. Free instant download PDF.


Arthur Meets the President free book companion Comprehention multiple choice, manuscript printing practice page, and coloring page.


The Breadwinner is a novel set in Afganistan based on interviews with children. Free novel companion at the post.


Chinese zodiac free printable activity and placemat PDFs.


Government Discussion Pages based on Minnesota Social Studies Standards, opens here.


Printable placemats freebie and informative post about a Machu Picchu trip.

A Pony for Quarantine by O’Beara for Read Around the World

A Pony for Quarantine by O’Beara for Read Around the World


Word wall for a study of China, and word search printable PDF free instant download.

Printable Chinese Vocabulary and Word Search — Opens here



A Different Pond book companion freebie. The father in the picture book story for children reflects on his previous life in war-torn Vietnam.


How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz is a story from World War 2 that resonates with today’s children as it is child-centered and informative.


Symbols of Japan bingo game for grades K-4.


Read then compare and contrast the Korean Cinderella with the usual USA Cinderella Story.


Printable placemats freebie and informative post about a Machu Picchu trip.


Visit to Disneyland, Paris, France and free printable placemat PDF.


Parvana’s Journey is set in Afghanistan and is the second in the trilogy of three books. Free novel companion instant download at the post.


Printable with a map of La Reunion Island and a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast it with Madagascar. Answers provided.


World Landmarks 3-part-cards-freebie printable PDF


Free Printable for St. Nick Day in the Netherlands, this one is on Teachers Pay Teachers


Free PDF printable cards and writing frames for children to fill out and express their thanks to veterans and active-duty personnel.