Hello again, its time for the first activity pack of 2015! I have chosen How to Train your Dragon as the sequel recently came out and we're not far from the Chinese new year celebrations which I feel should always feature a dragon or two . Missed the film? here's the trailer.
Lets get started with the activities, we'll start with something easy and then move on to the more creative things.
Now you're up and running, lets start with a quick game, you'll need some toy dragons, here are some that I found (just click the picture for the link). Put a plastic hoop on the floor (best done outside) then try and throw your dragon into the centre of the hoop. Whoever comes closest is the winner.
A simple viking shield using only three things! Get some permenant markers (I like sharpies) some disposable plastic plates. Most supermarkets sell these now. And some duct tape, I prefer to use gold or silver but you can now get many different colours and funky designs of duct tape which is great stuff for craft activities. I may do a whole pack on this in the future but for now you won't need much. First let the kids have some free play and decorate the plates anyway they like. Then cut two strips of duct tape, an 8 inch strip and a 5 inch strip. Attach the two pieces of duct tape, sticky side to sticky side making sure that the 5 inch piece is as centred as possible, then stick this strap onto the plate. This tape is the arm loop for the kids to put their arm through.
Here are some cool labels for either a How to Train Your Dragon party or just a really cool film day with themed food.
Now as what seems to be a tradition with these activity packs I do like to end on a big activity. So how about a ride on Dragon? Not enough? Ok I'll throw in a dragon racing game too.
What you'll need
A large cereal box
Rubbish bag (prefferably green)
tissue paper (red, yellow, orange)
paint, we used green but dragons can be all sorts of different colours so mix it up
Scraps of card for eyes, nostrils, horns
Draw the nostrils on the bottom of the cereal box and a triangular shape to form the snout. This will fold over later into the snout.
Starting at the corner marked with an arrow and carefully cut along the lines, fold the two side flaps down and tape them down with masking tape. Don't worry if the sides are a little long to fill the gap you can just trim them down a little.
Push down the long thin flap so that it sits on top of the side flaps you’ve just taped and also tape that into place. You now have your dragon’s head shape. How simple was that? We cut little triangles into the back flaps next too. Now turn the dragon’s head over and snip a little cross into the bottom to make a hole to put the broom handle.
Paint the dragon, allow to dry and cut and stick or paint on his features. We also added some horns to ours but you don’t have to. When it’s all dry you can attach your plastic bag. First tape the open end around the broom stick with masking tape then cut the bottom seam off the bag so you are left with a tube. Repeatedly snip all the way from the bottom up to about a cm or two of the masking tape to make lots of flowing tassels. If you are adding some flames, cut them out of tissue paper, stack them together and cut a slit at the front of the dragon’s nose to poke them through. Then tape them into place on the inside.
First you need an object to race around, I used a pop up laundry bin, placed at the end of the garden, then get two or three dragon racers with their dragons ready to race. Note you need a pop up bin for each racer or there will be dragon crashes. Each racer "fly's" up to the pop up bin, around it and back to the start. Make the races as big and crazy as you like. If you really want to get their imaginations going then you need some dragon music to play too. Click here