The Day of the Dragon Masks

Over the past few months, Rachael has been working with Aberdeen’s Chinese community to produce a translated visual guide about waste and recycling services to let people know what they can recycle and how. This is part of an overall project to make information about recycling more accessible for people in Aberdeen who have English as an additional language.
Mandarin Recycling Guide

On Saturday, Rachael and Christina went along to a special celebration of Chinese culture and language organised by the Aberdeen Chinese School. There were a lot of different activities going on – including traditional dancing – and Rachael and Christina were there to show the kids how to make decorative dragon masks. This was to show how crafts can reuse items that would otherwise be thrown away.

Here is one of the dragon masks made from scrap paper and cardboard, complete with plastic bag streamers! If you’d like to make your own dragon mask, here are the instructions (scroll down to the bottom for the masks). Although the masks on there look a bit scary, we like to think our dragons are friendlier!
Dragon Mask

Thirty children and their families came along to the event, so it was a very fun and busy day. Everyone had a great time making the masks, we had some good feedback from the head teacher and the parents, and we’ve been invited back for the moon festival in the autumn.


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