Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Chinese Accordion Dragon Puppet



Our Chinese Accordion Dragon puppet was a huge hit for our Chinese Art Summer Camp kids.  They loved decorating their own dragon, naming their dragon, and creating special powers!

Materials:
Dragon’s head and tail template (link at bottom of entry)
Markers
Scissors
Long strips of construction paper
Tape
Straws

1) Pass out the dragon’s head and tail templates, markers, and scissors to all the students

2) Have students color the head and tail (see template at the bottom)

3) After the student finishes coloring, have the student cut out the head and tail

4) Have students write their name on the back of the head and tail

5) Let the student choose two long strips of construction paper

6) Demonstrate to the student the accordion fold for the body

7) Take the ends of each strip and connect the corner so the strips make a right angle or L shape


8) Take the bottom color strip and fold over the top color strip


9) Take the other color strip and fold over the top


     10) Repeat steps 8 and 9

                                      

     11) Tape the ends of the accordion folds


    12) Attach the tail to on end of the accordion fold with tape

    13)  Attach the head on the other end of the accordion fold with tape (Make sure the head and tail face the same way)


    14) Give the student two straws and two pieces of tape

15) Have the student tape one straw on the head with the flexible part on the bottom

    16) Have the student tape the other straw on the tail with the flexible part on the bottom


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