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Cubs to build 1 or 2 chinese dragons that can fit them all underneath.
Once built the use some drums or similar to recreate a chinese New Year Dragon dance.
This is great way to have a collaborative/creative exercise and make a lot of noise at the end!

**** In regards to cultural significance: I have pulled the following from: http://www.topmarks.co.uk/ChineseNewYear/DragonDance.aspx = PLEASE feel feel to elaborate or correct. *****

Dragon dances are performed at New Year to scare away evil spirits. During the dance the performers hold poles and raise and lower the Dragon. Sometimes one man has a 'Pearl of Wisdom' on a pole and he entices the Dragon to follow him to the beat of a drum, as if searching for wisdom and knowledge.

Dragons used in Dragon dances vary in length from a few metres to up to 100m long. Longer Dragons are thought to be more lucky than shorter ones.


Spare cardboard boxes, paint, pens, old material for the body and safety pins to secure it. Bring in some drums, bongos or you could makes them for the dance itself.
For the 'Pearl of Wisdom' stick a balloon on a pole/broom handle.


Divide pack into small groups:
1 to makes the head
One to make a body

Be aware of time required for paint to dry.

You can use smaller group to make more dragons IF you have enough resources.


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