Chinese New Year Dragon Parade


Research Chinese New Year and create dragon puppets to use in a parade.


1. Research Chinese New Year celebrations to find out about traditions such as foods, music, red banners on doors, parades, and fireworks. Study images of Chinese dragons for details such as color, design, and form.

2. Using paper cups as body sections, create a multi-segmented Chinese dragon puppet. For a puppet handle, attach a craft stick to a paper cup with Crayola® School Glue. Dry.

3. Design each dragon segment on a paper lunch bag with Crayola Markers. Cut decorative pieces from construction paper with Crayola Scissors and glue to the bags. Decorate with Crayola Glitter Glue. Drape the paper lunch bag over the paper cup and glue to the cup. Dry.

4. For the dragon face, attach a paper plate to the front bag, and use construction paper, glitter glue, and markers to elaborately decorate it.

5. Create a long tail section for the Chinese dragon puppet with lunch bags and construction paper. Decorate.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Glitter Glue— WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD—Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. Not for use on skin.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

Wood—By its nature, wood is rough and may contain splinters or sharp points


  • Create larger Chinese dragon puppets with oatmeal boxes, grocery bags, or cardboard boxes big enough for puppeteers to wear.
  • Invite a guest to help plan other authentic Chinese New Year traditions: prepare sweets, play drums, make lucky money or greeting cards.
  • Create other realistic, segmented animals, such as snakes.

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crayola supplies
  • Markers
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Glitter Glue
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper
household supplies
  • Party Express paper plates
  • craft sticks
  • lunch bags
  • paper cups



  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12


  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students research traditions observed during Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) celebrations.

  • Children create original Chinese dragon puppets.

  • Students reenact a Chinese New Year parade with their puppets.


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