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Sticky Fingers and Lucky Dragons: It’s Dragon Boat Day at School!

I like dragons, what about you? Lucky, lucky, lucky dragons…

No festival in Taiwan is complete without an in-school celebration, and Dragon Boat is no exception. This morning was all about making triangle rice, telling stories, singing songs, beating hand drums for and racing paper dragon boats on string.

After a 30-second master class from Auntie in the kitchen while my Kindys were in the bathroom, I was sent out to teach my 15 students how to make triangle rice dumplings (zongzi, 粽子). Folding two bamboo leaves into a cone and filling it with sticky rice is, of course, not so easy. It turned out the two Aunties were the only ones who could do it!

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Luke struggling to make zongzi

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Me and my Kindy class (Penguin Class) having successfully made our 14 zongzi

The real highlight of the morning was Jeff and Darren’s excellent sing-along-song time, which consisted of a very scary, errr.. wolf head and some improvised hand drumming.

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At school we seem to only have one dragon boat song – Lucky Dragon – set to a reggae beat. So we sang that a lot!

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3 thoughts on “Sticky Fingers and Lucky Dragons: It’s Dragon Boat Day at School!

  1. It looks like a great time was had by all. Well done to everyone who made it fun for the little ones:) That’s what it’s all about!

  2. Very creative..loved the dragons..and Luke you have made me LOL before our paper-round this morning. (Maybe a new song Puff the Magic Dragon-boat for some variety).

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