Celebrate Chinese New Year with a fun homemade dragon craft! This DIY Chinese dragon puppet is easy to make with our free dragon printable below. Learn about holidays around the world and get the kids making their own holiday decorations at home or in the classroom. Chinese New Year is a fun opportunity for crafts and activities for kids!
CHINESE DRAGON CRAFT FOR KIDS
CHINESE NEW YEAR
Chinese New Year, also called Lunar New Year, is not only celebrated in China, but also in many Asian countries and in the U.S. This year, Lunar New Year falls on February 12 and 2021 is the Year of the Ox. Expect fireworks, parades, lanterns and delicious food during this multi-day festival.
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Dragons are an important symbol in China, representing power and
strength. Let’s make a dragon puppet for Chinese New Year!
CHINESE DRAGON PUPPET
- Dragon template
- Colored paper
- Glue stick
- 2 Straws
HOW TO MAKE A DRAGON PUPPET
STEP 1: Print the dragon template above.
STEP 2: Color your choice of dragon and cut out.
STEP 3: Use the rectangle to cut out 8 pieces of colored paper. This design works best if you alternate two colors.
STEP 4: Glue the ends of two rectangles together as in the photo below.
STEP 5: Fold the bottom piece over the top piece and then repeat until
you reach the ends. Trim if necessary.
STEP 6: Attach another two pieces and repeat until you have used all pieces of colored paper.
STEP 7: Tape your dragon head to one end of your folded paper accordion.
STEP 8: Tape a straw to both ends of the accordion and you have a Chinese New Year dragon puppet!