Clay dragons are a great way to bring out the creativity in third grade students! Each child sculpted a dragon with scales, a tail and an open mouth. After the first firing, they had their choice of glaze colors. I recommended that they choose on color for the dragon itself and another color for the scales. After the second firing, students created metal wings out of aluminum tooling foil and then colored them in with permanent markers. To top off the art making part of this project, I used a hot glue gun to attach their wings to their dragons and add tissue paper "fire" out of the mouths.
As an additional part of this project, students learned about mythology. As a culminating activity, students wrote a mythological story about their dragon and presented it to the class.