A Paperstrip Dragon

A New Year's Reunion Book Cover

In the story, A New Year’s Reunion, we see one of the most familiar images associated with the Chinese New Year – the big, red and colorful dragon! We’re going to make our own dragons that we can use in our Chinese New Year’s celebration.

Recommended Ages:  Preschool/Kindergarten

Domains or Early Learning Standards:  Perceptual, Motor, and Physical Development

Materials Needed:

  • Colored construction paper

  • Glue

  • Markers

  • Small paper plates

​Class Discussion: Let’s look at the picture of the dragon in our book. What do we know about dragons? Are they real? How would you describe how it looks (a long body, big teeth, pointy spikes, brightly colored tail that looks like fire, . . .)?

​Preparation: You can precut paper strips or let the children cut their own strips.

Activity*:  Decorate paper strips using markers. Glue the ends together to create a loop.

Decorated paperstrips

Decorated paperstrips imageConnect another strip and glue it. Keep going until your dragon’s body is as long as you want it to be.

 For the head, fold a paper plate in half. Decorate it. Cut out a red tongue and glue it inside. Attach it to the dragon’s body. A teacher can staple it.

Now your dragon needs a tail. What can you use to make a dragon’s tail that looks like fire?

Have a parade. Hold your dragon up high and march around the room!


*Adapted from http://www.naturallyeducational.com/2011/01/chinese-new-year-dragon-craft/.

Sources for images:  http://viviankirkfield.com/tag/leo-the-late-bloomer and www.bycatarina.com/guest-post-dragon-craft-chinese-new-year.

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