Fold a 12 x 18" sheet of fadeless paper (the type that's white on one side)
into thirds, then accordion style:
Glue and tape the accordion, as well as popsicle sticks, to the wrong side of a head and tail:
Add tissue paper if desired--NO, NOT tissues, tissue PAPER (oh dear heavens, child):
Make a huge, colorful mess (hmm, you're very good at this, I see):
Glue the other head and tail on top, sandwiching all that tape and glue on the inside:
Add some staples for extra durability before trimming off any overhang:
Step back and admire your beautiful Chinese New Year Dragon Puppet!
When possible, I walked my kiddos back to class a few minutes early so they could parade their dragons around the hallways. (One year, I played some Chinese music to go along with our mini parade--this year's fourth grade group couldn't handle that, womp womp.)
Did you celebrate Chinese New Year? My husband and I spent that Sunday evening with our best friends, whose beautiful baby boy celebrated by taking a few first steps--while his parents and friends ate Chinese takeout, of course.