Make a dancing Chinese dragon

Includes: Indoors, Around the world, Arts and crafts

Activity time:
30 mins


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See in the Chinese New Year

Develop girls' creative skills and cultural awareness by making a colourful Chinese dragon.


  1. Draw the head and tail of the dragon onto the coloured paper.
  2. Cut them out and decorate with bright colours. You could also use glitter and feathers as decoration.
  3. Fold a different coloured piece of paper in half along its length.
  4. Cut along the fold. You should now have two rectangular shapes.
  5. Fold each of these up so they look like accordions and glue the two pieces together at the ends to make one long piece. This will be the dragon’s body.
  6. Glue or tape the head and the tail to the dragon’s body.
  7. Tape one skewer (or straw) to the head and one to the tail. You now have an excellent dancing dragon to celebrate Chinese New Year!

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Section Number of girls per adult
Rainbows 5
Brownies 8
Guides 12

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2 adults needed