If you got the build a knight craft I made a couple weeks ago and thought he looked a little lonely this may be exactly what you’re looking for! A terrifying build a dragon craft to accompany the fearless knight. Well, maybe he’s not that scary…
What he is though, is part of an easy craft in which your kids will need to cut out and correctly put together the pieces to make this actually rather cute little dragon (maybe he can be the knight’s pet?).
This sweet dragon template is great for toddlers and preschoolers to use because it’s so simple for them to put together!
And there’s a color and a plain template – so your little ones can choose the colors and decorate their own scary dragons!
It could also make a lovely activity for anyone having a knights and dragons party!
Here’s some more ‘build-a-‘ characters you may want to check out, if you get a few your little ones can mix and match – who knows what crazy monsters they’ll create (pirate hat and hook on a robots body with a dragon’s head and wings – meet the Robopiratedragon!).
- Build-A-Funny Flying Monster
I’ve created quite a lot more characters and animals and will be uploading them soon – so be sure to check back regularly.
What Skills Can Your Children Learn And Practice?
When using this build a dragon template, your children will have the chance to practice and develop some skills such as:
- Cutting Skills – if you feel they’re ready, you can let them have a go at cutting out the pieces all by themselves – they’ll need to be careful and have good scissor control if they want to cut out the pieces neatly
- Fine Motor Skills – when they’re sticking and picking up and moving the parts and placing them where they need to go
- Body Knowledge – We may not have green skin and long gray hair but most of the parts are the same
- Pencil Control – if you print off the black and white version they can practice their pencil control and develop hand strength through coloring.
This simple dragon craft will also give them a chance to practice their concentration and perseverance skills as they may find it tricky to place the pieces exactly where they want them to go.
How To Prepare This Build a Dragon Craft
First you’re going to want to download the dragon templates by clicking on the download box at the bottom of the page – I’ve made a color and a black and white version!
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Other materials you’ll need:
- Safety scissors
- Card stock or Craft paper
- Some good glue
- Some coloring pencils, pens or other artsy materials
Once you’ve downloaded the templates, you’ll need to print them off onto paper or card.
Then, you can cut them out. Or if you’d like your children to get some cutting practice, you can let them have a go.
Then you can stick all the pieces together to build your dragon.
It can be really nice to let you’re kids have a bit of free rein here and see if they can work it out – kind of like a puzzle.
If they’re struggling, the order I’d do it in is:
- Stick the tongue to the head
- Stick the head on the body
- Stick the wings on the body
- Stick the legs on the body
- Stick the feet on the body
- Stick the tail to the body
(I expect you could have worked that out but I do like to be thorough…)
The finished one should look something like this:
If you want to you could always laminate the pieces before putting them together and use them as a puzzle. That way the different parts would be kept nice and they can use them again and again.
I’ve also created even more cute characters which I will be releasing in the coming weeks so they could use them together in a mix and match game as well (if you don’t want to miss them you can turn on notifications by clicking on the bell in the bottom right corner).
A few more ‘build-a-‘ characters you may want to check out:
After that you’re all done!
Let your kids practice their cutting and sticking skills in a simple and fun way!
But Wait… There’s Also A Black And White Build A Dragon Craft!
I’ve also made a black and white version which would be an awesome way for your little ones to practice their coloring skills and personalize their dragons in their own way!
So why not crack out the pens, crayons, paints or collage (or all of them if you’re feeling adventurous) and let your kids get creative!
I’d love to see what they create!