Here’s another printable craft for your little learners, a DIY dragon hat craft – time for some adventures!
This craft is great for developing your child’s cutting and sticking skills, and an awesome chance to practice some pencil control and fine motor skills as well!
Like most of the crafts here at Nurtured Neurons, there’s a pre-colored template for quick hat making, or a plain one if your want to get a bit more creative!
And a super thing about these types of crafts is not only are they great fun to make and your children can practice lots of skills when doing so, but then you have a toy they can play with at the end – and play is just such a great way for children to learn!
If you and your little ones can’t get enough of dragons, you may also want to check out this build a dragon craft!
What Skills Can Your Children Learn And Practice?
When making this awesome dragon hat, 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
- 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 craft will also give them a chance to practice their concentration and perseverance skills as they may find it tricky to put the pieces of the hat together at first.
And when they’re done, they’ll also be able to use their imagination, story telling and social / communication skills when going on adventures with friends and family!
How To Prepare This Dragon Hat Craft
First you’re going to want to download the hat templates by clicking on the download button 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 or pens / other artsy materials for decorating
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 make your dragon.
The order I’d do it in is:
- Decorate the hat if using the black and white templates
- Stick the eyes on the head
- Stick the ears on the head
- Stick the tongue on the head
- Staple the head section to the other band section to form a loop (a grownup will probably need to do this part!)
- Bend the square sections of the wings and stick them to the side of the hat
- Stick the tail to the back of the hat
The finished one should look something like this:
Just a little dragon hat enjoying the sun…
Time to let that imagination run wild!