Monday, January 23, 2012

We Are Going to China Town: Chinese New Year Squish Dragons

Happy New Year!  We've been reading up on the Chinese New Year, which is a 15-day event that starts today.  To kick off our celebrations, we ordered dinner from mom and dad's favorite Chinese restaurant (Meiwah) last night.  Dad was particularly up for that event, but Kane and I were at the end of a long weekend of a lot of indoor time (it was FREEZING here this weekend and we got our first "snow"of the year) and were throwing a collective tantrum.  And that tantrum was further fueled by our fight over who would get to sit on mom's lap as a bribe to eat.  Oh well.

We are planning on having a little party (meaning mom, Kane and me) at our house tonight and Kane and I are very interested in the tradition of receiving red envelopes of money.  We'll see how that works out for us.  To continue our party prep (we made these lanterns last week), we made some paint squish dragons for our wall.  Inspired by Kane's recent Rorschach prints and this monster idea, we dabbed some Biocolor on paper and then folded and squished the paint together.  We took a look, added more paint, and squished again.  I was much more into this than Kane -- he tends to like to scrub all the colors together, but it was a good opportunity for him to practice keeping some of the colors separate.

Once they dried a bit, we added some googly eyes and mom superglued on some metallic ribbon (we were going to go with tissue paper, but we had some ribbon to use up).  Some of them look more like dragons than others (one of mine seriously looks exactly like an elephant), but they were all super fun to make.

p.s. if you are in the D.C. area, check out the Chinatown Lunar New Year Festival at the Chinatown Community Cultural Center on January 29th from 12 - 5 p.m.  There is also a parade and other festivities from 2 - 5 p.m. on H Street N.W. between 6th and 8th streets.  We'll be there!

(OK, mom did this one)

my elephant/dragon


Nathalie said...

Love the process of your smush paint- CNY dragons. I've never used a paintbrush to do this type of project. Thanks for sharing! I will be doing this today with my preschoolers.


Not-So-SAHM said...

Thanks, Nathalie! Hope you had fun!