Look at this guy! Dragons probably aren’t referred to as “cute” very often, but I can’t help myself.
This is a quick and easy puppet craft that we used for a book activity already and will use for our Chinese New Year learning activities.
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I used the bare-bones tutorial from Spoonful and came up with this little guy. *Note: a reader notified me that the Spoonful post is no longer active, so I have created a new tutorial showing you how to fold the dragon puppets (and how to fold them to fit small hands, too).
My plans were to use it for a Book Activity for Hippopotamus Stew and Other Silly Poems, but because the kiddo loved it so much, we will also be using it for our holiday discussion of Chinese New Year at the end of this month.
Tri-fold the paper on the longer length and then accordion fold it.
I did the eyes, the nose and the wings just by cutting the shapes a little larger than I wanted (keep reading; you’ll need some of the shape for a tab). I cut out tombstone shapes for the eyes (to get them symmetrical, I folded a small piece of card stock and cut them both out at the same time).
I cut out white circles in 2 sizes, and a black circle that was sized between the two white ones. There were 6 circles in all.
The nose was done in the same tombstone shape but I just left the folded paper connected. I didn’t bother with the smaller black circles for the nostrils: I cheated and drew them on with a black pen. I know, it was a shortcut, but I was really interested in keeping this craft to a limited time frame so I could decorate some cookies. Cookies, people! Cookies.
The teeth and tongue were simple, and I just kind of winged them.
The fire was easy, after my first attempt crashed and burned was improved upon. I drew a fire-ish shape (no judging my poor fire-making skills, here), and then traced it, leaving a bit more around it each time. I glued them all together and then glued the single piece over the tongue.
I then took the bottom of each item above and folded it down, just like the geniuses at Spoonful did. I used this little tab to affix each piece with a piece of tape (on top) and a some glue (on the bottom, or the part that attaches to the puppet).
I used Scotch tape and one of my daughter’s glue sticks to hold this little guy together and so far, so good. Trust me, he has been played with A LOT and he is still holding strong.
I whipped this guy out so fast that I didn’t take step-by-step pictures for a tutorial, but if you look in the picture below, you can see that the pieces are just folded back and taped and/or glued.
For the wings, I attached them to the first part of the accordion fold (on the bottom side) and then bent the paper so that they stood up.
For an adult crafting during their kid’s nap time, this dragon came together very quickly (about 10 minutes). If you are going to let your older kids do one, plan for a bit longer and depending on age, they may need help.
I already have plans for a couple more of these little guys, because they are PERFECT for quick book activities.
Use the comments section to let me know in the comments what you think of our newest friend! Have a wonderful day!