Chinese Dragon Puppet

Dragons are traditionally associated with the Chinese New Year celebrations and these lovely dragon puppets give young children the chance to get creative whilst learning about cultures of the world.


Coloured Craft Card
Giant Lolly Sticks
Mixed Feathers
Coloured Tissue Paper
Glitter Glue
Coloured Ribbon
Sticky Tape
Glue Stick

1. Take a square of yellow card and stick on 2 wiggly eyes.

2. Children can then create their own dragon face using a variety of collage materials including scrunched up tissue paper, feathers and  pieces of ribbon. Glitter markers can also be used to add a little sparkle. Once the face is finished and the glue dry, the corners of the card can be cut into a rounder shape so that it looks like a dragons head.

Top tip: show children some pictures of a Chinese Dragon and ask them to describe how it looks e.g. big teeth, red nose.

Chinese dragon puppet

3. For the body a long strip of paper can be folded into a concertina. The Body can also be decorated by drawing on swirls using glitter markers.

4. Stick the concertina body to the back of the dragons head using sticky tape and stick a lolly stick to the back of the dragons body.  A curl of ribbon can also be stuck on as a tail.

5. The puppet can then be held using the lolly sticks and used to create stories.


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EYFS learning goals supported by this project

ELGO1 Communication and language development: listening and attention

ELG02 Communications and language development: understanding

ELG04 Physical development: moving and handling co-ordination

ELG06 Personal, social and emotional development: Self confidence and self awareness

ELG10 Literacy development: writing

ELG12 Mathmatics development: shape, space and measures

ELG13 Understanding the world: people and communities

ELG16 Expressive art and design: exploring and using media and materials

ELG17 Expressive arts and design: being imaginative