#13 - The Boy Who Painted Dragons by Demi

Summary:  A boy named Ping paints fire-breathing dragons everywhere: on the walls, columns, doors, windows, tables, and chairs, and all over the ceilings and floors of his home.  Ping professes that he loves dragons but he is secretly terrified of them. The Heavenly Dragon wants to help Ping conquer his fears and presents him with three pearls of wisdom. Ping triumphantly seeks the truth, finds the truth, and dares to be true.

Suggested Activity: Bubble Wrap Printing

Lay a piece of bubble wrap on a table so that the bubbles are facing up. Have the child cover the bubbles with tempera paint. Then place a piece of construction paper on top of the bubbles. Press down on the paper so that all of the bubbles are able to make a print. Lift up the construction paper to see the design. See what happens when some of the bubbles pop when pressing down on the construction paper.

Curriculum Area: Fine Motor Skills (controls small muscles in hands, coordinates eye-hand movement, uses tools for writing and drawing)

Appropriate Age Group: 6 and up