Chinese dragon craft

Chinese dragon craft

Chinese dragon crafts for kids Chinese new year

How roarsome is our toilet roll chinese dragon puppet craft?

This week at school my son has been learning all about Chinese new year, the story of the zodiac and about various different traditions. Today for his assignment he was asked to make his own model Chinese dragon with a grown up! As you can imagine we couldn’t wait to get started on our next crafty project and this dragon was soo much fun to make together. I helped little man with the glue gun and he did everything else by himself!

Here’s what we used

We used a variety of materials for our dragon but you can substitute for anything you like!

  • Toilet rolls
  • Red card
  • Pom poms
  • Googly eyes
  • Buttons
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Straws
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Tissue paper
  • Ribbon

How to make our Chinese dragon puppet craft

Start by taking your toilet rolls and adding some color to them. For ours we measured out long strips of paper and glued them around the toilet rolls. You may prefer to paint yours!

Chinese dragon crafts for kids Chinese new year

Now to make the dragons face. Glue an eye onto two poms poms and then glue the pom poms onto one end of the toilet roll. Take two buttons and glue them on the opposite end to make the nostrils.

Tear some strips of coloured tissue paper and glue it around the inside of the tube end closest to the nostrils. Twirl pipe cleaners around a pencil or your finger to make the smoke and glue one onto each nostril.

Chinese dragon crafts for kids Chinese new year

Take a length of ribbon and thread it through each toilet roll. Glue each one about a cm apart onto the ribbon. Finish by taking the straws and making several 1cm snips into one end of each. Use this end to attach the straws to the dragon and you are finished! Doesn’t it look fab? It’s so much fun to play with too!

Q-tip painted fireworks.

Q-tip painted fireworks.

For us in the UK, today is bonfire night (or Guy fawkes day depending on what you call it!). Fireworks have been going off everywhere and were expecting to see some pretty big displays on around our house tonight! We love watching the fireworks, They’re so beautiful and colourful and From the safety of our house my son doesn’t worry about the bangs! To celebrate the occasion we thought we would make some Q-tip painted fireworks. How cool do all those bright colours look?!

You will need:

A few coloured paints
some Q-tips
Black card

To make your fireworks, all you have to do is dip your Q-tips into your paint and then on to your black paper! Alternating colours gives them a great effect!

You can paint your fireworks in all different shapes, We mostly used star, circle and spiral shapes. Young children will find it easier to dot the colours randomly, which looks great too! If you are painting with young children this is a great opportunity to practise learning colours!

To finish your Q-tip painted fireworks ; just dip your Q-tip into some white paint and lightly streak some rocket trails below each shape!

Your Super simple Q-tip Fireworks are finished, such a fun and easy craft!

Looking for more firework crafts? why not check out my scrap paper firework pictures?
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bonfire night scrap paper Fireworks.

bonfire night scrap paper Fireworks.

Remember, remember the 5th November! Guy Fawkes night is right around the corner and we’ve already been seeing fireworks all around. My son loves to watch them from our window and the various colours we’ve seen gave inspiration to these bonfire night scrap paper fireworks. Not only do we love how cute these pictures turned out, we also love that our scrap paper box is no longer overflowing! These pictures are so simple to make that they are perfect for pre-schoolers as well as older children too.

I’d love to see how your firework pictures turned out. Grownups, did you know you can now share them with me on Facebook and Twitter?

You will need

Coloured Scrap paper
Black paper

These Pictures are really simple and easy to make. All you need to do is cut your scrap paper into small strips, it doesn’t matter if they are wonky or different lengths, that just adds to the effect!

Take your black paper and simply glue down your strips in circular shapes to create your colourful fireworks. You can even add some orange and yellow strips to the bottom of your paper to create a bonfire!

I hope you all have an amazing time watching the fireworks and remember to stay safe this Guy Fawkes night!

Did you enjoy this bonfire night scrap paper fireworks craft? Why not check out my fingerprint fairy light names?