Learning Environments & Curriculum

It’s Dragon Appreciation Day!

Do you like dragons?

I do – and I haven’t met a child that didn’t! Today is a day to celebrate the Dragon!

So just how DO you appreciate a dragon?

Start the day with your morning circle and ask the children, who likes dragons? Ask them to tell you what a dragon is –  How do they know that? Have they ever seen one? Document their answers and post them on the bulletin board with pictures they drew or created of dragons.

Keep reading for book, art and movement ideas!

Books

Here’s a great one for your morning circle –
There’s a Dragon in You Book, by Tom Fletcher. It’s a great story that starts out with the dragon egg that hatches. But don’t tickle it’s nose!! You don’t want to make it sneeze!

There's a Dragon in Your Book by Tom Fletcher

My favorite – Dragons Love Tacos, by Adam Rubin. This story tells you just how much dragons love tacos of all kinds, but cautions that tacos come with salsa and salsa can cause some serious dragon trouble! And might I add that tacos for lunch would be a great way to bring it all together!

Here are a few other choices:

When a Dragon Moves In, by Jodi Moore

King Jack and the Dragon, by Peter Bently

Art

I found this great blog for children’s art. They give directions for Dragon Puppets. Check it out, MessyLittleMonster.com!

Chinese new year activity ideas : Simple dragon puppet crafts

Another great site is One Little Project at a Time – and there you will find this fun paper roll dragon craft!

This fire breathing, toilet paper roll dragon is SO MUCH FUN! Blow into the end, and it looks like flames are coming out of the dragon's mouth! Such a cute craft idea for a rainy day!

Make dragon’s eggs by covering plastic eggs with air dry clay (colored of course) and decorate with sequins and glitter and anything that is fantastically dragonish!

 

More

Using props, dance like you think a dragon would dance.

Put the props in the dramatic play center.

Add dragons to the sensory table or block center.

Below are some suggestions for props.

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And remember, you can make dragon appreciate day any day you want it to be!

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