Go Dragon Crafty this New Year

Happy Holidays to all you dragon lovers out there! This New Year Eve I was looking around for some interesting crafts to try my hand at with the kids and the Chinese New Year dragons came to mind. What’s more, I found two really cool yet simple dragon crafts while surfing the internet and decided they would make great decorations for our kids who love anything and everything dragon too – dragon games, dragon art, dragon comics, dragon cartoons and dragon everything else. Here goes, sharing them with you.

Hand Print Dragon

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Image courtesy: Activity Village

What you need:

  • Different colored chart papers (Black, blue, red and yellow)
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Black sketch pen
  • A pair of scissors

What to do:

Ask your child to draw out their handprints using pencil on the chart papers (at least 6). Now, help them cut out the colored hands along the drawn lines using the pair of scissors. Two legs and a tail need to be drawn similarly on the chart paper and cut out too (preferably on red paper). For the head, you could either print out a readymade dragon head template from the internet or else put your kids’ artistic skills to work and let them draw the head of a dragon, with the venomous tongue protruding out, evil black eyes marked out with black sketch pen and all. Cut this out too. Now, glue on the cut-out handprints in a line back to back, with the fingers all pointing towards one direction. The tail is stuck on at on end and the head at the opposite end, with the legs forming part of the lower section of the body. Voila! Your bright and colorful Chinese New Year dragon is ready. Simply punch in holes in the head and tail and insert a string through them to hang up the craft, or just put it up over your kids’ table using pins. Remember – the longer the handprint body, the better and brighter your dragon will be!

Paper Plate Dragon

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Image courtesy: Learn with play at home

What you need:

A paper plate

Black sketch pen

A pair of scissors

Adhesive tape or a stapler

Crayons/paints/buttons/pieces of fabric/glitter

What to do:

In the first step, cut the paper plate exactly into half from the middle using the pair of scissors. Now cut one of the halved pieces into half again – that makes it a total of 4 pieces. Now, take hold of the one-fourth cut out portion of the plate and cut out the rim part of it. Cut out the inner side of the rim into a jagged border with a pointed edge for the tail of the dragon. Ask your child to draw a dragon face – be it friendly or ferocious or both – on the remaining quarter from which the rim has been cut out. The two smallest pieces of the paper plate need to have jagged edges too, since a dragon’s body is all spiny – these would make the wings of our monster. Now, decorate your dragon – this is the most fun part of this craft activity. Your child could use anything – from paints, crayons, old fancy bits of fabric, buttons, ribbons – after all, who really knows what dragons actually looked like? All we know is that they have rough, scaly bodies so the more colorful, the better it is! Once the paints and glue have all dried up, staple the pieces of paper plate together. You could use adhesive tape to make sure the pieces hold together too. Black eyes, bulbous nostrils and a smiling mouth complete your craft! A fun dangler for the kids’ room.

Both these crafts remind me of the traditional Chinese dragon dance that forms an intrinsic part of the New Year celebrations there every year. Here’s hoping you have a ferociously fantastic New Year 2017!

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