Chinese New Year Dragon

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Chinese New Year Dragon
Ages school-age

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with this fun and easy Chinese dragon craft for kids. Make it a group project and create your own dragon parade.

What you'll need

  • Paper egg carton
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Yellow craft paint
  • Black craft paint
  • Paint brush
  • Paint with daubers (or BINGO marking paints); or craft paint and paint brushes
  • 7mm Wiggle eyes
  • 1/4" White pom-pom balls
  • Red felt scrap
  • Tacky glue
  • 2 Jingle bells (1/2")
  • Ribbon (we used 1/4" wide)

How to make it

  1. Cut the cups apart on the egg carton. Even out the edges so the cup will sit evenly upside down on the table.

  2. Paint the inside of one cup black for the inside of the mouth. Paint the outside yellow.

  3. Using as few or as many cups as you wish, paint the outside of the cups yellow. Let dry.

  4. Using the daubers, let the children paint different color dots on the yellow cups. Let dry.

  5. Hole punch 2 holes in each cup directly across from each other.

  6. Lace the ribbon through the holes to tie the dragon together.

  7. Tie a jingle bell on each end of the ribbon.

  8. Glue the head on the dragon. Note: You may need to "prop" the head up while it dries.

  9. Cut a red tongue out of felt and glue inside of mouth.

  10. Glue 2 pom-poms on top of the head and then glue 2 wiggle eyes attaching them to the pom-poms. (see photo) Let dry.

  11. If you like, you can add a "leash" through the hole of the dragon to walk it around.

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