In celebration of the upcoming Chinese New Year and with it being a rainy day in January we decided to make Chinese Dragons. My two kids (Elijah, 3 years old and Maia, 2 years old) love any craft which includes choosing things to glue! This craft activity is a nice simple one and I found both ages enjoyed the process (Maia needed some more help with the painting).
First they painted one side of the paper plates green, for the dragon heads. Whilst we were waiting for the heads to dry, they painted the egg cartons (dragons eyes!) and then got to work choosing which paper balls they would use to decorate the dragons heads.
I found some great little paper balls from a shop called Zeemans, here in the Netherlands. I’m addicted to buying their craft materials and have now bought three sets of colourful, miniature pegs (because everyone needs 96 miniature pegs right?!!). The balls are great for glueing onto paper but sequins, felt pieces, etc. would all work well.
Next they painted the other sides of the plates red (the dragons’ mouths). Once all painted and dry we folded the plates in half so the green colour is on top (with the red being inside). We then glued the egg cartons on the top of the folded plates.
Maia chose pink googly eyes and Elijah chose big white googly eyes which we glued onto the egg cartons. They then decorated the head with the paper balls and also some colourful feathers. We had pipe cleaners so we wrapped both ends of a pipe cleaner around our fingers to create two swirly shapes on each end. We then stuck them down in between the feathers and the egg cartons.
The final piece to finish off the dragons heads were some red tongues. I cut these out before hand but depending on your child’s age and ability it could be good fun to practise using scissors and making some funny shaped tongues! We stuck them on the inside of the mouths using glue and then our fierce little dragon heads were ready for Chinese New Year!
Angie Hickson is an artist and designer that loves creating art and mess with her kids. Angie and her partner came to live in the beautiful city of The Hague in the Netherlands after travelling the world together. Swapping backpacks for babies they are currently raising two busy toddlers that Angie enjoys using as guinea pigs for her craft projects. She hosts children’s craft workshops, adult craft evenings and is also open to doing private sessions / children’s parties – please check out her Facebook page Angie Hickson Art for more information and upcoming events!