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Dragon Boat Festival Activities

Ways to Commemorate the Dragon Boat Festival (Duanwu Festival, duānwǔ Jié) with Your Kids

The Dragon Boat Festival is a traditional holiday that commemorates the life and death of the famous Chinese scholar Qu Yuan (Chu Yuan). The festival occurs on the fifth day of the fifth month on the lunar calendar.

This year: Friday, 3 June, 2022

Here are a list of activities that you can do in class or at home to commemorate Dragon Boat Festival.

Commemorating poet Qu Yuan on the Dragon Boat Festival - YouTube


Our Experience with the Dragon Boat Festival:

  • Australian Dragon Boat Federation

Home - Australian Dragon Boat Federation (ausdbf.com.au)

  • Dragon Boat SA, History & Cultural Traditions

History & Cultural Traditions - Dragon Boat SA

  • Dragon Boat Activities ​​

Dragon Boat Festival Online Activities – Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (vancouverchinesegarden.com)


Goals or Wishes:

  • 端午节安康 (duān wǔ jié ān kāng)

          Wish you peace and health on Dragon Boat Festival


Meet and Learn about Dragons

  • Visit Good Living, South Australia’s Leafy Sea Dragons

Discover sea dragons during their spring fling (environment.sa.gov.au)

  • Visit Australian Geographic, A Real Lif Dragon

‘Closest thing we have to a real life dragon’: Australia’s largest flying reptile discovered - Australian Geographic

  • Visit Australian Geographic, A Guide to Australia’s Dragon Species

A guide to Australia's dragon species (australiangeographic.com.au)


Watch Dragons on Camera:

  • Leafy Sea Dragon

Seadragon Cam | Birch Aquarium at Scripps (ucsd.edu)

  • Komodo Dragon, National Geographic

Komodo dragon, facts and photos (nationalgeographic.com)

  • On ClickView: Movie How to Train Your Dragon

How To Train Your Dragon - Hiccup (Jay Baruch... - ClickView

  • Watch A Real Dragon Boat Race by National Geographic

Dragon Boat Races Celebrate China's Ancient Past | National Geographic - YouTube

  • Dragon Boat Festival Race Day in Hong Kong by South China Morning Post

Dragon Boat Festival race day in Hong Kong - YouTube


Learn Chinese with:

  • Miss Panda Chinese

Dragon Boat Festival | World Culture for Kids | Miss Panda Chinese


Chinese Holidays and Traditional Festivals in 2021 (yoyochinese.com)


Integrated Focuses:


  • Top 3 Dragon Boat Festival Stories

Top 3 Stories about Dragon Boat Festival (Qu Yuan Story and More) (chinahighlights.com)

  • DIY Chinese Story Book – focusing on 咸

小粽子,小粽子 Little Rice Dumpling, Little Rice Dumpling – My Story Treasury


STEM Activities:

ChineseChinese Art & Crafts: Origami Paper Rice Dumplings

Chinese Art & Crafts: Origami Paper Rice Dumplings - Fortune Cookie Mom

  • Makers Empire, design your own 3D Dragons or Dragon Boats.

Dragon Pixel Art by twrig111 (makersempire.com)

  • Dragon Boat Project:

Stimulating Learning Platforms - The Dragon Boat (bobpearlman.org)



  • Three Perfections: Poetry, Calligraphy and Painting in Chinese Art

Three Perfections: Poetry, Calligraphy and Painting in Chinese Art | NGV

Food and Cultures:

  • Food, Make and Eat Rice Dumplings (Zongzi)

How to Make Cantonese-Style Rice Dumplings with Kids

How to Make Cantonese-Style Rice Dumplings with Kids - Fortune Cookie Mom

  • Culture, Play the Standing-The-Eggs-At-Noon Game (Li Dan)

make eggs stand | DuanWu Challenge - YouTube

  • Challenge, Dropping Eggs from 9-Meter-High Platform to Celebrate Dragon Boat Festival

Dropping eggs from 9-meter-high platform to celebrate Dragon Boat Festival - YouTube


Lego Challenge:

LEGO IDEAS - Chinese Dragon Boat Festival


Recommended Reading List:

Dragon Boat Festival Wishes by Jillian Lin

Han Ethnic Group: Celebrating the Dragon Boat Festival by

Moonbeams, dumplings & Dragon Boats: A Treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales, Activities & Recipes by Nina Simonds, Leslie Swartz, & The Children’s Museum, Boston

The Famous Fjord Race by Geronimo Stilton

On Is a Drummer: A Book of Numbers by Roseanne Thong

Celebrating the Dragon Boat Festival by Sammu Tang

Gung Ho! A Dragon Boat Story by Sarah Hughes

Awakening the Dragon by Arlene Chan

Dragon Boats: A Celebration by Pat Barker

Pop-up Book for the Dragon Boat Festival 立体书 热闹端午节

Chinese Festivals Stories Collection of 12 books 中国记忆(传统节日共12册)by Zaozao Wang

Happy Dragon Boat Festival, Yiyi! By Dingding

The Duanwu Festival 端午节之屈原的故事

今天我们包粽子Today we are making dumplings by Wenpei Lin

Little Sticky Rice 小粽子,小粽子 by Juaner

文化都在节日里 Culture Is Found in Our Festivals

节日 Chinese Holidays by Cathy Ju Yao