Here's a spectacular Chinese dragon puppet craft for Year of the Dragon and Chinese New Year. The dragon's face is made from a paper cup and although he looks complicated, even the youngest children will manage a beautiful dragon with this craft.
You will need:
2 Paper cups
Decorative paper and card
String or wool (yarn)
Paint the cups and leave them to dry.
Make a hole in the side of each cup and thread through a length of string, tying a knot to hold it in place.
Cut some yellow tissue paper to be flames and glue to the bottom of one cup. This is the mouth..
Make sure the string is coming out of the top of the head and then cut strips of tissue paper and glue them to the cheeks and chin.
Cut horns, a nose and spikes from decorative card or paper and glue these to your mask.
Stick on two wiggle eyes.
To make the tail cut an arrow shape from card, with a large triangle and small rectangle (see photo below). Fold the rectangle over and stick to the bottom of the undecorated cup
To make the body, cut a length of sticky tape and lay it on the table sticky side up. Stick strips of tissue paper across the tape all along the length leaving space at either ends to stick the cups.
Stick one end of the tape to each cup.
By holding the string you can make the dragon dance!