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World of Tan 5 - Dragon

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

This activity follows on from World of Tan 4 - Monday Morning.

All is quiet in the removal yard at Granma T's, and the storage bays are safely locked up. However, inside the house there is frantic activity. The children are making new paper pictures of the Kitchen God to stick behind the cooker. Granma T is cutting out pictures of the Guardian of the Gates to stick on the doors.

The reason for all the excitement is that the New Year approaches. The workers and Mah Ling have returned home to celebrate this important occasion with their own families. No business will take place for the rest of the week and the yard will remain closed.

The Year of the Dragon (a special year for Little Ming) approaches, while the Year of the Rabbit is closing. The Dragon likes to be left alone, objects to change and is fond of the night. At midnight the children will bow before Granma T and the New Year will be let in with fireworks and the burning of incense.

These special celebrations will continue until the Festival of Lanterns in a few days' time, when more fireworks will be set off and lanterns of all shapes and sizes will decorate the buildings.

In the meantime, complete the silhouette of the dragon.


Extra activity:

  • After the Year of the Dragon it will be the Year of the Snake! Use the tangram to design a snake for Little Fung. Then sit back-to-back with a friend and give them instructions for how to make your snake design. How similar is their design to yours?
The story continues in World of Tan 6 - Junk.