Fire Breathing Dragon
4 – 6 years
Happy New Year 新年快乐! Introduce your child to the customs of Chinese New Year with this fire breathing dragon craft. This activity helps develop fine-motor skills and is great for promoting imaginative play.
- Cardboard tube (paper towel roll)
- 1 piece of coloured construction paper
- 2 large pop poms (eyes)
- 2 small pom poms (nose)
- 3 sheets of tissue paper (orange, red and yellow)
- Googly eyes (optional)
- Glue stick
- Bottled children’s craft glue
Make your Dragon
- Begin by cutting the cardboard tube in half.
- Cut a piece of construction paper the length and circumference of the tube, then glue the construction paper around the tube using the glue stick.
- Give your dragon some eyes by placing a small drop of craft glue on each of the large pom poms and placing them side-by-side at one end of your tube. This will be the head of your dragon. Optional: Add some googly eyes to the large pom poms.
- Create the dragon nose, by gluing two smaller pom poms, side-by-side, at the opposite end (mouth) of the tube. Be sure to place them on the same side as the eyes.
Create the fire
- Begin by cutting strips of orange, red and yellow tissue paper (1” wide x 10” long).
- Apply glue around the inside of the tube (the side where the two smaller pom poms are located).
- Stick one end of each coloured strip to the inside of the tube and let dry for 5 minutes. Be sure to cover with lots of strips and avoid leaving any gaps.
- Take a deep breath and blow through the end of the tube where the dragon’s eyes are and watch as the flames come to life. The air will catch the paper as it escapes and the strips will flutter.
Increase the fun
Create an exciting, animated story about a ferocious fire breathing dragon and share it with your whole family. Be sure to give your child plenty of opportunities to breathe fire using their dragon.
At Learning Jungle, we believe all children are capable, confident and full of potential. Co-learning empowers your child to take initiative. Encouraging child participation and engaging in open-ended, thought-provoking conversation throughout play is important for healthy child development.
What is Chinese New Year?
Chinese New Year (aka Spring Festival) is the most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. 2021 is the year of the Ox.
In Chinese tradition, each year is named after one of 12 animals in the Chinese astrological calendar. The 12 animals are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. Each animal occurs once every 12 years.
Did you know?
Dragons were ancient fictitious creatures; they reportedly breathed fire and lived at the bottom of oceans, rivers and lakes. The dragon represents good luck, strength, health and nobility.
Conversations with your child
- What colour are you choosing for your dragon?
- How long can your dragon breathe fire for?
- When was the last year of the dragon?
- What are some other animals on the Chinese astrological calendar?
- Do you know what animal the year 2021 represents?
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