This dragon is a simple cut and paste paper craft that is fun for young children to make. It makes a great project for preschool and kindergarten kids and works well with various fantasy books or a mythology theme -- there are dragons in Chinese, Japanese, English, Welsh, French, Viking and Greek mythology.
When I designed this particular dragon, I had the legend of St. George in mind. St. George was off in search for the Holy Grail when he heard of a dragon that threatened to destroy the land unless he was given a young girl each day. The princess of the kingdom went for her turn to be given to the dragon -- St. George heard about this and decided to go save her. St. George went to defeat the dragon and after a long and difficult battle managed to slay it with his sword, Ascalon.
St. George's Day (the Feast of St. George) is celebrated near Easter (often, on April 23rd) in some countries in Eastern Europe, including Russia.
- something to color with if using the B&W version,
- glue, and
- Print out the template of choice -- I always prefer the black and white version as it gives the kids a chance to color in the pieces, but there's a color option as well.
- Color (where appropriate).
- Cut out the template pieces -- parents can help cut out some of the more difficult pieces like the wings while children work on the easier pieces like the body and head.
- Glue the dragon together in the following order:
- Glue the head onto the top of the body
- Glue the horn onto the head
- Glue the feet onto the bottom of the body
- Glue the wings on the back of the body
- Glue the hands onto the middle of the body, with the goblet in between them
- See picture on the template for further help.
- Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).