Today is St. George’s Day, and we visited Hever Castle. For the free craft they had a chance to make a Fire Breathing Dragon, which is pretty easy too.
You need a few bits up-front. A toilet roll for the body. Two large and two small pom pom’s, plus some googly eyes. To cover the body and make the flames you need tissue paper. I’d also recommend using two types of glue. Pritt stick works well for glueing the tissue paper to the toilet roll, whereas the more gloopy glue is better for sticking the pom pom’s to the body.
We cut a section of tissue paper to fit the toilet roll with extra either side. Pritt-stick it on one edge so it holds tight as you roll it. I glued it a bit half way too for extra support. Once you’ve finished, glue the end and tuck the paper on each end into the tube.
After that, glue the two large pom pom’s fairly close together at one end of the toilet roll (gloopy glue works best).
Get the two smaller pom pom’s and glue them to the other end of the toilet roll a small space apart. Those are the dragon nostrils!
Glue the googly eyes to the large pom pom’s (again, gloopy glue).
Finally, tear some strips of tissue paper and pritt-stick them to the toilet roll on the nostrils end. We used red, yellow and orange – flame colours!
The activity took about ten minutes, it was fairly easy to do although glueing tissue paper can be tricky. It involves very little prep and H (aged 7) loves her dragon she made.
It works for St. George’s Day activities too.