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Friday 12th Feb is Chinese new year. Why not try this Chinese dragon puppet?


Paper Dragon Craft – Materials

  • paper for printing – or print on coloured paper to save colouring your paper dragons youserlf
  • a printer,
  • red paper for the body,
  • pens or crayons,
  • tissue paper (optional),
  • lollipop sticks (we used recycled ones from summer ice lollies),
  • glue & scissors

1) Print out your dragon printable for Chinse New Year – there is  a double sided head, to fold later and a double side tail part. 4 feet – so that you can stick them together and that your dragon looks great from both sides.


2) The children used pens to colour, but we soon discovered that was going to take ages (Red Ted took ages over it and even did a good 30min to finish it off at bed time, he did a GREAT job in terms of detail and patience). So… I recommend the following options:

* pens for kids who like colouring and are patient,

* crayons for younger children who want to cover big surfaces quickly,

* experiment with paints (but you may make it a bit soggy), or

* print on coloured paper and use glitter glue or stickers.


3) Once they are finished colouring, cut out the shapes. The mums did it on this occassion, but again, I think, if this was in the class room, they can do it themselves. Of course it won’t be as neat, but I think it will look lovely anyway. When you have cut the head out fold it over by the mouth and then you can cut out the “mouth space”, so you can some tissue paper fire.


4) We used a sheet of A4 paper cut into three equal strips – each strip was for one body. And folded it “concertina style”. I was impressed at how well the children managed with instructions (fold, turn over, fold, turn over, fold…). Red Ted wanted an extra long dragon, so we glued two of these strips together before folding.


5) Glue your head, tail, feet and lollipop sticks to your body.


6) Cut some tissue paper to add fire