Dragon Mask

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Total Time 1 hour Ages all-ages

Celebrate Chinese New Year with colorful, good luck headgear.

What you'll need

  • 6- by 30-inch piece of yellow poster board
  • Sheets of different colored craft paper
  • Glue
  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • Streamers or ribbons, optional
Helpful Tip:

Play a game of Chase the Dragon's Tail: This time-honored Chinese game is played by at least 10 kids. One child is the head of the dragon and wears the mask. The other players line up behind him with their hands on the shoulders of the person in front of them. The head has one minute to tag the last kid in line without causing the line to break apart. If he succeeds, he wins; if not, he becomes the tail, and the child behind him wears the mask.

How to make it

  1. Starting at the back, wrap the poster board around your child's head and staple together the sides an inch or two from his forehead.

  2. Remove the poster board and make the dragon's face by gluing together the poster board flaps that project from the browband (the browband will serve as its neck).

  3. Cut out the dragon's mouth and contour the top of its face. Glue craft paper scales to its neck, face and chin. Add paper eyes, flaring nostrils, teeth and horns.

  4. Finally, glue the base of a red paper flame to its lower jaw. For extra fun and color, tie long lengths of ribbon or streamers along your child's arms.

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