Dragon small world :: messy play

Welcome to a brand new feature on NurtureStore! I’m thrilled to be joined by a group of fabulous guest writers, who will be bringing us their take on fun play ideas. I’ve invited some of my favourite bloggers over to share with us ideas their children love. There will be a whole mix of activity ideas in the series, so please read along, enjoy the ideas, and hop over their blogs to discover more.

Starting off our new series, we have Asia, with a fun messy play idea :: a dragon small world!

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Dragon craft: 4 ways for St. George’s Day

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Whether you’re celebrating St. George’s Day, the patron saint of England, this month or whether you just need a junk model dragon to add to your play, here are four dragon craft ideas you can try.

What colour is  a dragon? Do they have wings? Do they breathe fire?  All of ours were made from bits and pieces we had in our making box and each is unique, based upon the young artists’ impressions of what the dragon essentials are. They do have one thing in common though – they’re all scary!

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Egg Box Dragon

This egg box dragon craft is great for junk model fans, as a St.George’s Day craft or a Chinese New Year activity.

egg box dragon craft - great for chinese new yearHow to make an egg box dragon

You will need:

:: 3 egg boxes

::green paint & a paint brush,

:: red paper

:: 2 treasury tags

:: glue / sticky tap

:: red and black felt pens

:: scissors

Start by cutting out 2 of the ‘cups’ from one of the egg boxes and painting them green. These will be your eyes.

The other two egg boxes will be your head and body. Ours were already green, but if yours aren’t you can paint them. We added some extra painted ‘scales’. Leave the paint to dry.

Fasten the head and body together with treasury tags. This means you can move your dragon to play with him and he’ll have a bit of movement in his body.

Cut out some flames, spines and a tail from the red paper and fasten on with glue or sticky tape.

Add some scary eyes and some nostrils.

Rooaarrrrrr! Your dragon is ready to play.

chinese new year crafts and activities

More Chinese New Year activities

Raise a global child! Exploring festivals from different countries and cultures is a wonderful way to learn about the world. You can see our archive of Chinese New Year activities here.

A complete lesson plan for Chinese New Year activities and crafts