Sorry, it is a bit late to be posting a Lunar New Year Craft.
Fortunately, dragon crafts are fun year round.
I volunteered in Em's class this week. I read a book and provided this craft.
I started with 4 packages of bulletin board border paper in red, silver and gold. 2 packs were wide and 2 were thin. I was able to make 23 crowns with lots of paper left over.
Fold the thin border paper in half. Cut. This will be your dragon's body.
The top of the paper is already wavy. Mimic the wave on the body along the bottom. Notice the tail narrows. It was very quick to do. Don't worry about making them identical or perfect.
I stapled the body onto the premeasured (hold up to your child's head and wrap around their head allowing for overlap to accommodate kids with larger heads) wide border paper. Line up the end of the tail to the end of the wide paper and staple.
I used white coffee filters to give the dragon some flair. You can cut them to make them fancier or just fold them in half and glue them on. The head is made from the wider border paper scraps. Fold in half the long way. Cut out 8 shaped head adding as much or as little detail as you want. I glued all the heads onto the crowns since Em's preschool class was going to be making them. Older kids could do this step.
I also added curling ribbon for the whiskers.
Cut out and accordion fold strips for legs. Make sure you cut out extras. Several kids in Em's class glued on 8-10 legs on their dragons.
Make sure you have lots of gems, google eyes, pom poms, feathers, stickers, sequins and paper scraps for the kids to glue on.
Once dry staple crowns closed.
Have fun crafting with your kids! Mama King