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Chinese New Year Drums
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Chinese New Year Drums
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Ring in the Lunar New Year with these fun and festive drums!
This activity is appropriate for:
pre-k - 3rd grade / 4 - 8 years
You will need:
- Sturdy dessert-size paper plates (two per student)
- Washable Glitter Tempera Paint - 1 Pint (red)
- Painting Bowls - 10-Color Set
- Classroom Paintbrushes - Set of 24
- Recycled newspaper or butcher paper
- “Good Fortune” Chinese character template (two for each student)
- Lakeshore Glue Sticks
- Small jingle bells (with holes to tie yarn)
- Yarn (cut into 4-inch lengths)
- Hole punch
- Jumbo Craft Sticks
- Stapler or tape
- Lakeshore Scissors Set - Blunt-Tip
- D Is for Dragon Dance by Ying Chang Compestine or Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin (optional)
Before you begin:
- Cover a table with recycled newspaper or butcher paper and set up a painting station to accommodate five to six students at a time.
- Pour red glitter paint into several painting bowls and place the bowls on the table along with some paintbrushes.
- Print out two copies of the Chinese character template for each student.
- Invite several students at a time to join you at the painting station, and give each student two paper plates.
- Instruct students to turn the plates upside down on the table and paint the surface of the plates with red paint.
- Allow the paint to dry for a few hours. (You may wish to ask parent volunteers to assist younger students with steps 4–8 below.)
- Give each student a Jumbo Craft Stick. Have students tape or staple their two plates together so that the red sides of the plates face outward, with the craft stick between the plates as a handle for the drum!
- Provide each student with two copies of the Chinese Character template. Have students cut out the circles and glue one to the outside of each plate.
- Help students punch a hole in the outer rim of each side of the plates.
- Give students lengths of yarn (two per student) and help them tie a jingle bell to one end of each piece of yarn. Have students tie the other end through each hole on the plates.
- Show students how to make some noise by turning the handle of the drum rapidly, making the jingle bells beat against the outside of the plates!