Appreciate a Dragon Day


Make a stick dragon to celebrate Appreciate a Dragon Day. GrandmaIdeas.comHave you recovered from your wild and raucous celebration of National Popcorn Day?

I hope you made a fun popcorn recipe with your grandkids and relished eating every bite!

Tomorrow, January 16, is another fabulous holiday.

What is it? you ask.

It is Appreciate a Dragon Day.

Oh goody, goody! What a fun event to celebrate with the grandkiddos.

In honor of the day, I created a dragon stick puppet that you can make with your grandchildren.

Supplies Needed:

dragon head (red, purple, light blue, black, blue, green, orange, pink, coloring page)
crepe paper
large craft stick
glue stick
strapping tape

Print the dragon head of the color of your choice. Cut out around the head.

Make a stick dragon to celebrate Appreciate a Dragon Day. GrandmaIdeas.com

Cut crepe paper streamers that are about 1 foot long. I cut the streamers in half so they weren’t so wide.

Make a stick dragon to celebrate Appreciate a Dragon Day. GrandmaIdeas.com

Using a glue stick, glue the crepe paper streamers to the back side and bottom edge of the dragon head.
Make a stick dragon to celebrate Appreciate a Dragon Day. GrandmaIdeas.com

Make a stick dragon to celebrate Appreciate a Dragon Day.

Using the strapping tape, tape the craft stick to the back side of the dragon head.
Make a stick dragon to celebrate Appreciate a Dragon Day. GrandmaIdeas.com

Voîla! Your dragon is finished.

You needn’t limit your dragon activities to just making the stick puppet. Oh, no, Nellie. There are lots of other things that you could do.

Watch a movie that has a dragon in it. My husband loves Pete’s Dragon.

Or, you could also watch How to Train Your Dragon — either the first or second movie. Or Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. (No dragon was harmed in the making of the movie. Phew!) Or Chronicle of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Or Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon  (for older grandchildren).

Print dragon coloring pages and have your grandkids color them.

Here’s a fun coloring page of a baby dragon.

Here’s one of a Chinese dragon for older grandchildren.

And of course if you have a party you have to have treats. You can serve red or green Kool-Aid and call it Dragon’s Blood. You can bake, frost, and eat dragon-shaped sugar cookies with your grandkids. (You can find a dragon-shaped cookie cutter on Amazon for under $5.00.)

Whatever activities you choose to do, I wish you the best ever Appreciate a Dragon Day!

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