Monday, April 14, 2008

The Dragon and the Pea

Our Unplugged project -- dragon masks.


After watching an episode of Dragon Tales*, Agent 002 wanted to be a dragon.

Thinking quickly, I pulled out a bag of split peas, a bowl of glue, and a stack of cardboard. With some parental assistance in the placement of eyeholes, dragon masks were soon completed.

Agent 002 was not yet satisfied. "Dragons have wings," he said.

A moment later he had crafted dragon wings from a paper bag and some string. His quick-witted sister pulled a pair of angel wings from the dress up basket.

Her dragon gown was made from an old tablecloth and a pair of safety pins. His dragon shirt just happened to be what he was wearing that morning.

I ended the project before Agent 002 figured out how to get fire to shoot from his mouth. Much disappointment ensued.
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*Yes, I recognize the irony in writing about a television-inspired project for Unplugged. But the project itself was, in fact, unplugged. And most people would agree that split peas are food, and thus fit the project parameters. My husband would disagree.

10 comments:

Heather said...

I think it was a great project. A little bit about t.v worked its way into ours to, so I think that was good

Chrissy said...

How awesome that you pulled all that together so spontaneously...sounds like fun! Thanks for sharing!

Heather said...

I believe in TV as long as its used sparingly. My kids will act out their favorite shows as well. They get inspired by nature shows the most right now and will be the animals they've watched or they will act out Junkyard Wars and build crazy things with their legos or blocks.

Kate in NJ said...

Very cool! I never thought of split peas, we have tried to make dragon masks a few times..yours looks very successful!

kim said...

I think its fabulous!

Michie said...

Hey, I thought it was a very creative use of food - especially on the spur of the moment, so I think it fits in just fine!

Mom and Kiddo said...

It definitely counts as food and somehow spur of the moment ideas always work out best.

Mom Unplugged said...

Tell your husband that I agree with you and that split pea dragon masks definitely "count!" It looks like they had a fun time. I remember making art projects as a child with split peas and lentils, but I had forgotten about it until I read your post. That's why I love these projects!

Piseco said...

So neat! Yes, it's food, and I'm sure my son would love to make masks and projects with split peas and lentils too.

Rockin' Moroccan Mama said...

vry creative. It's amazing what we come up with at spur of the moment. very neat mask.