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Chinese dragon crafts for kids Chinese new year

How roarsome is our toilet roll chinese dragon puppet craft?

This week at school my son has been learning all about Chinese new year, the story of the zodiac and about various different traditions. Today for his assignment he was asked to make his own model Chinese dragon with a grown up! As you can imagine we couldn’t wait to get started on our next crafty project and this dragon was soo much fun to make together. I helped little man with the glue gun and he did everything else by himself!

Here’s what we used

We used a variety of materials for our dragon but you can substitute for anything you like!

  • Toilet rolls
  • Red card
  • Pom poms
  • Googly eyes
  • Buttons
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Straws
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun

How to make our Chinese dragon puppet craft

Start by taking your toilet rolls and adding some colour to them. For ours we measured out long strips of paper and glued them around the toilet rolls. You may prefer to paint yours!

Chinese dragon crafts for kids Chinese new year

Now to make the dragons face. Glue an eye onto two poms poms and then glue the pom poms onto one end of the toilet roll. Take two buttons and glue them on the opposite end to make the nostrils.

Tear some strips of coloured tissue paper and glue it around the inside of the tube end closest to the nostrils. Twirl pipe cleaners around a pencil or your finger to make the smoke and glue one onto each nostril.

Chinese dragon crafts for kids Chinese new year

Take a length of ribbon and thread it through each toilet roll. Glue each one about a cm apart onto the ribbon. Finish by taking the straws and making several 1cm snips into one end of each. Use this end to attach the straws to the dragon and you are finished! Doesn’t it look fab? It’s so much fun to play with too!

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