Dragon Boat Festival Playdough Kit
Boom! Who’s looking forward to resounding rhythms of the dragon boat races this June? We know, we are! Heart thumping drumbeats and delicious dumplings are the must-have ingredients that make the Dragon Boat Festival an exhilarating festival in Singapore.
At TYS, we believe in the importance of sharing cultural heritage with young children; it enriches their perspectives and widens their world view. Together with the talented Joey from @playlexue, we bring you a Dragonboat Playdough Book Kit!
This festival celebrates one of the most enduring legends that tell the story of Qu Yuan, an incorruptible minister of state during the Warring States Era of China. Once a trusted advisor, he was banished by his emperor due to political intrigue. In despair, he threw himself into the river and ended his life.
Because he was so well-loved by the common folk, fishermen started to beat their oars against the water in a desperate attempt to stop the man-eating fish in the river from devouring his body. Others threw cooked rice wrapped in leaves into the water, in the hope that the fish would eat the dumplings instead.
This resulted in today’s dragonboat races and the yummy dumplings – two of the most distinctive aspects of the festival.
Our Dragon Boat Playdough Book Kit includes the following:
- 4 tubs of taste-safe, scented playdough (white, yellow, blue, green)
- 4 themed stamper-cutter tools (2 dragon boats, 1 dumpling, 1 drum)
- 1 小粽子，小粽子 book (optional)
- 1 Dragonboat handicraft making set (optional)
About “小粽子，小粽子“ — A celebration of friendship, differences and diversity. Written and illustrated by an animation professor for her two young children, this book introduces the customs of dragonboat festival via the mouth watering and absolutely adorable little dumplings. The text is short and simple but there are many surprises hidden in the pictures (the beauty of good picture books!). I strongly encourage parents to read the little reading guide 导读小册子 included in the book to fully appreciate the historical background of the story setting and characters. Lastly, enjoy that cute little song at the back of the book with your child!
Boom Boom Boom! Let’s join in the festivities with this kit to make many dumplings & dragonboats!!