Coloring and painting are some of my 3-year-old son’s favorite activities lately. But reading is not. So I’ve been looking for some projects that have a few steps to keep him engaged and involve a book that we read to start the activitiy. This week we turned to our recycling bin to create some dragons from cardboard toilet paper rolls, inspired by the book, Dragons Love Tacos.
This craft project was inspired by a tutorial I found on Pinterest from the Grace, Giggles and Naptime blog. We modified it slightly by using construction paper instead of tissue paper for the fire. (These dragons definitely ate the spicy salsa!)
These are the supplies we used. All purchased on Amazon, but you can probably score them at Target, CVS or an art supply store too.
(We made 6 Dragons, but you can make less and decrease the supplies accordingly.)
- 6 Cardboard Toilet Paper Rolls
- Crayola Washable Kids Paint – Classic
- 12 Medium Pom Poms and 12 Small Pom Poms
- Sticker Googly Eyes
- Elmer’s School Glue
- Red & Yellow Construction Paper
- Ruler (optional)
- Paint the toilet paper rolls and let dry.
- Stick the googly eyes onto the larger pom poms, then glue to the toilet paper rolls (match the pom pom colors to the painted rolls).
- Glue the smaller pom poms on as the nose
- Measure and cut approx. 2.5″ strips of construction paper in yellow and red to make the fire.
- Cut zig zags or triangles into the construction paper strips.
- Roll together tightly and insert into the dragon’s mouth. You can add a dab of glue to keep the fire in place (optional).
If Dragons Love Tacos is not your child’s favorite book, try some of these other projects.
- Chicka Chika Boom Craft from I Heart Crafty Things
- Mo Willems Inspired Handprint Pigeon Craft from Simple Everyday Mom
- Paper Chain Caterpillar Craft for Kids from Where Imagination Grows
- Rainbow Fish Craft from Kindergarten Connection or Rainbow Fish Play Dough Activity from Learning for Kids
- Narwhal and Jelly Paper Plate Craft from Crafts on Sea
- The Cat in the Hat Popsicle Stick Craft from The Resourceful Mama
- Where the Wild Things Are Counting Game from Fun Learning for Kids
- A Color of His Own: Chameleon Watercolor Project from Kitchen Floor Crafts
- If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Paper Plate Craft from A Little Pinch of Perfect
- DIY Harry Potter Pencil Wands from Sisters, What!
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