Here is a cute handprint dragon puppet craft you can make for Chinese New Year or St. George’s Day. It comes with a free printable template that you can download and use.
This is perfect to do with toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and school-age kids. Kids might need help from grown-ups in various steps depending on their age and skill levels.
This handprint dragon needs four to five handprints and a few paper fasteners. You can trace your kids’ handprints on colored cardstock and cut them out. Otherwise, you can also use white cardstock and paint your little one’s hands to trace the handprints before cutting them out.
This is super easy to make and is so much fun watching the dragon wiggle and dance. If you are a regular reader of our blog, you might have seen our accordion dragon puppet craft which is another fun dancing dragon craft idea for Chinese New Year.
Supplies you need to make a Handprint Dragon craft
- Crayons or color pens or color pencils
- Paper fasteners
- Popsicle stick
- Double sided sticker
- Dragon head template (You can download the template by signing up for our newsletters below)
How to make a handprint chinese dragon?
Trace your kid’s handprints on colored cardstock and cut them out. We made 5 handprints on cardstocks of different colors. You can also paint inside your kid’s hands and let them place their hand on white cardstock to make the handprints.
After you have made the handprints, cut out the same number of rectangles from cardstocks. We cut 5 rectangles out of the same cardstocks we used for making the handprints. The rectangle size is approximately 3.5 cm x 10 cm.
Get a few paper fasteners to connect the rectangle pieces of cardstock together. For 5 handprints, you will need 4 paper fasteners. Start attaching the rectangle cardstocks one by one using paper fasteners.
Connect all the rectangle cardstocks together at around 2 cm away from the shorter edge.
Stick the handprints one by one over the rectangle cardstock.
If you have used the same color cardstocks for both the rectangles and handprints, this is an excellent color matching activity for younger kids to learn colors. Ask kids to find the matching handprint and stick it on the corresponding rectangle piece of cardstock using a glue stick.
Finish sticking all the handprints as shown in the picture.
Now, time to stick the dragon face!
Download the free dragon face printable by signing up for our newsletters below. You will get an email to confirm your subscription and after you confirm, you will get another email with a link and password to access our printable library. After you open the printable library, you will be able to find our handprint dragon template under the section “Chinese New Year”.
Print the dragon temple on white A4 cardstock and paint the dragon face. We used acrylic markers to paint our dragon.
You could also use crayons or color pencils.
Cut it out and stick it beside the last handprint we glued onto the rectangle cardstock. A small part of the dragon’s face will overlap the handprint a bit.
Draw the shape of a fire on red cardstock, cut it out and stick it behind the dragon’s mouth.
Lastly, let’s make this handprint dragon into a toy puppet. Get two popsicle sticks and using double-sided stickers, stick them behind the dragon. You can stick one popsicle stick behind the dragon’s face and the other one behind the third or fourth handprint.
The dancing handprint dragon puppet craft is ready! Now, grab the two popsicle sticks attached to it and move them forward, backward, up, and down. Can you see the dragon wiggle?!
Watch the dancing handprint dragon craft in the below video. Isn’t it fun?!
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Very good craft idea
would love to make this dragon with my special ed students!
Thank you for sharing your ideas with us. I signed up to get the free printouts. But I don’t see any option or file I can download from the activity page. Could you please help? Thank you.
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Great design , fun for my class