A Norwich nursery celebrates the Dragon Festival in style

Children and staff from a Norwich nursery celebrated the Chinese New Year with a colourful dragon dance this month.

About 13 children aged between three and five joined a procession around the nursery at City College Norwich, on Ipswich Road, in a vibrant dragon costume that the children named Snazzy.

Janet Wilkinson, from the college nursery, organised the event which took place on February 3.

She said: 'It has been really good fun making the dragon. The children have learnt lots of different creativity skills and about a different culture.

'At the nursery we like to be inclusive and involve ourselves in what is going on in the community.

'The children are very proud of [the dragon].' Julie Garrod, arts and wellbeing lecturer at the college, helped the children make the dragon's head and Amy Read, nursery nurse in the farmyard room, made the long cloth body from shiny material and bunting.

Snazzy the dragon was also joined by a dragon band made of up of a group of children aged two to three years-old, who had fun playing shakers and bells to accompany the Chinese music.

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The children were involved in the making of the dragon from start to finish, assisting with various tasks including making the papier-mache head and decorating it with glitter, sequins and tissue paper. Teeth for the dragon were cut out from white cardboard. The children especially loved making the dragon look fierce and added some LED fairy lights to ensure the dragon looked his best for the parade.

The children also another enjoyed another outing with the dragon when they paraded for a second time as part of the Norwich Dragon Festival earlier this month.

The dragon will be displayed in the window of the Colmans Mustard shop in Royal Arcade in the city centre this week.

Has your school been part of an exciting project? Email Local Life editor Donna-Louise Bishop at donna-louise.bishop@archant.co.uk or call 01603 772438.