Make a Fiery Dragon

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Updated on Nov 21, 2013

Got a rainy afternoon and an antsy kid? Here's a fun crafts activity that will have your child making his own pop-up card. Watch as this fiery dragon leaps off the page!

What You Need:

What You Do:

  1. Print out Sheets A and B onto stiff paper.
  2. Cut out both Dragon pieces loosely from Sheet A, Pic 1.dragon card step one
  3. Carefully cut the pieces out on the solid printed lines. TIP: Always cut into the corners NOT around them, Pics 2 and 3. This makes it much easier. Do the same for both pieces. 
  4. Fold all the tabs backwards leaving the broken lines visible so you can see where to fold.
  5. Fold the tabs back again as in Pics 5 and 6.  
  6. Cut out and fold the background from Sheet B so that it matches Pic 7.
  7. Now slide the two Dragon halves together as shown in Pictures 8 and 9. 
  8. Apply a little glue to the neck tab and glue behind the Dragon’s Head, Pictures 9 and 10. 
  9. To attach the dragon to the background, put a small amount of glue on the gray printed area on the left side of the backround and press the dragon's foot onto it.
  10. To finish, close the Dragon halves together and put a little glue on the underside of the Dragon’s other foot tab.
  11. Carefully close the card and push down on the glued area.

Your Fiery Dragon is finished! Open the card and watch him rise up.

Ray Marshall began his paper engineering career in 1980, and in 1985 won England's Smarties Prize for Children's Books Award. He lives with his wife and two daughters in San Francisco. His latest title, "The Castaway Pirates", is his twenty-fifth book and the first one he has written.