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Paper Lantern Craft - Dragon Theme
craft, a printable activity suitable to celebrate Chinese New Year or a
dragon theme. The Lantern Festival is the last day of Chinese New
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.
Print friendly > Only the instructions below will print. Adjust margins to fit on one page.
Printable Paper Lantern
B&W or color the dragon
Print these instructions and lantern template
'color the dragon' or black & white version. Black & white
version can be printed on light yellow paper 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.
_____ 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 dragon's image and borders.
_____ 7. Apply glue over
the area designated "Glue here" and bring the opposite
side and paste over the area with glue.