Crafting for Chinese New Year is a lot of fun, because you can use bright colours, glitter and streamers, and there is lots of inspiration out there. I find that my Chinese New Year crafting tends to be influenced by dragons, and so we made some simple dragon puppets from empty toilet roll tubes.
This has been the first year that I've managed to do some Chinese New Year crafting, as it's a festival that always creeps up on me after Christmas. But this year I took up a challenge set by Red Ted Art to share a Chinese New Year craft. I do like my toilet roll tubes, and so I decided to make some simple Chinese dragon puppets made from toilet roll tubes.
To make these Chinese New Year Dragon Puppets you will need:
A toilet roll tube
Two large pom poms
Two googly eyes
White card (for the teeth)
Tissue paper (for the tail, I used red but you could use any colour)
A lollipop stick
Scraps of collage material in dragon colours
First paint the toilet roll tubes in a dragon colour, we used green. Glue a googly eye to each pom pom. When both parts are dry, cut a triangle from each side of one end of the toilet roll tube to create a mouth. Glue the pom poms onto the head of the dragon. You will need plenty of glue to make them stick firmly. Leave it to dry.
Then use collage materials to decorate the dragon. We used scraps of green paper and some small circles cut from gold card for gold scales. Cut some teeth from thin white card and glue inside the mouth.
Cut some long strips of tissue paper for the tail, and staple them firmly inside the back of the dragon at the top. Finally fix a lollipop stick at the bottom of the dragon's back. I used double sided sellotape with more sellotape to cover on top, as it needs to be stuck firmly so that the dragon can be played with. Then the children can fly their dragon about using the lollipop stick to hold on to.
Some Chinese New Year Resources
Because this is our first Chinese New Year craft, we weren't familiar with the story behind Chinese New Year. I found a fantastic free printable introduction over on the Twinkl website - The Chinese New Year Story. I printed it out to make a little book, in black and white so that it could be coloured in. The last page of the story book also makes a nice Chinese Zodiac colouring poster, which is marked with recent calendar years so you can use it work out the animal for the year that the children were born in.
I printed out a free Chinese New Year word map to help Harry extend his reading vocabulary. Many of the words, such as the names of the animals, are ones that he uses regularly anyway. I also printed him a free colour by numbers dragon, as he loves colouring, and the sense of achievement that comes from working out which colours to use.
More Chinese New Year Crafts
You can find some more fantastic Chinese New Year crafts from other bloggers that have taken up the challenge below:
Chinese New Year Crafts from Red Ted Art
Dragon Shadow Puppet from Kids' Chaos
Candy Cane Horse from Domestic Goddesque
China Themed Day from Family Days Tried & Tested
Junk Modelling Fire Cracker Decoration from Me and My Shadow
Chinese New Year tea light holder from The Gingerbread House
Chinese New Year Crafts Roundup from Diary of the Evans-Crittens
Chinese New Year Table Decorations from Crystal's Tiny Treasures
Toilet roll tube horse from Pink Oddy