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Paper Lantern Craft
Dragon Theme

Home > Themes > Printable Activities > Crafts > Holidays > Chinese New Year > Printable Paper Lantern Craft > Dragon theme
Related: Fairy Tales, Folklore, Legends > Dragons theme

Paper lantern craft, a printable activity suitable to celebrate Chinese New Year or a dragon theme.  The Lantern Festival is the last day of Chinese New Year festival.

Skills developed:  scissor cutting, following a set of instructions.

The dragon is one of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac.  Motto:  "I Reign"  Colors:  yellow and gold.  Dragon years:  1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024

Character education > Discuss some of the positive character traits associated with the dragon personality:  strong, noble, intellectual, decisive, pioneering, artistic, generous, and loyal.

Online jigsaw puzzle > Dragon
Skills:  Problem solving, bilingual English and Spanish, information about dragons
Here is an online puzzle the children will enjoy with the dragon image featured in the lantern.  The default puzzle is 6 pieces.  Click on the change cut button to change shape and number of pieces.

Printing tips:  To fit template in standard paper click File > Page Setup > Remove/erase information in headers and footers, reduce margins to smallest allowable and save settings.

Print friendly lantern instructions

Printable Chinese Paper Lantern
Dragon Theme

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black & white or color the dragon

chinese paper lantern

Print these instructions and lantern template with colored background or black and white version.  Black and white version can be printed directly on colored paper and later decorated and colored in.

Read all the instructions first.  As you read the instructions, have children point and identify the solid, dashed, and dotted lines on the template.  Adults will help with some of the assembly and folds needed.  Children will make a check mark or an X next to the number as each step is completed.

Assembly instructions:

_____ 1. 
Cut along the solid lines ___.  Note: The large piece with the dragon image will be the lantern and the long strip at the bottom is the lantern's handle.

_____ 2.  Color the dragon image.  Optional:  draw or add other decorations around the dragons image and borders.

_____ 3.  Fold along the dotted line (...) in the center. Note: the decorated side should be visible.

_____ 4.  Fold along the dotted lines backwards in the top and lower border.

_____ 5.  Carefully cut along the slashed lines (----) from center fold and stop cutting at the border fold.

_____ 6.  Open the lantern template flat.

____  7. Apply glue over the area designated "Glue here" and bring the opposite side and paste over the area with glue.

_____ 8.  Adjust the cut folds of the lantern to go outward.

_____ 9.  Glue, staple or tape the lantern's handle.

Congratulations!  You have completed your Chinese paper lantern.  Hang on a special place with a piece of string.

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