How to make a dragon head from construction paper

In Chinese culture, the dragon is a symbol of good fortune and happiness. A dragon parade is an important part of every Chinese New Year that is said to bring good luck to everyone who watches. According to the book "Faces: People, Places, and Cultures," the Chinese dragon possesses characteristics of many other animals, including a deer's horns, a camel's head, a carp's scales, a snake's body and an eagle's claws. Creating a paper dragon head is a fun project that can teach children about Chinese culture.

Turn the cardboard box on its side so that the open top forms the dragon's mouth.

Cover the the box with red construction paper by gluing it to the box's exterior.

Draw a spiral line from the centre of two pieces of red construction paper outward. Cut along the line to form two long, curling spirals. Glue the spirals to the open top flaps of the cardboard box to form whiskers.

Draw two forking, branchlike shapes on brown construction paper. Cut these out and glue them to the back corners of the box to form the dragon's horns.

Cut gold ribbon into sections of varying length. Curl the pieces of ribbon on the edge of a pair of safety scissors. Glue them to the open bottom flap of the cardboard box to form streamers.

Cut a styrofoam ball in half and glue the halves to the sides of the box to form eyes. Paint the eyes with craft paint.

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