Dragon Catcher

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My youngest daughter’s first grade class recently made some paper ‘Dragon Catchers’ which I mentioned in my Michaelmas post. You play with them like a cup and ball, but in this case you need to catch the dragon ( the tissue paper streamers) in the paper cup. I have scoured pinterest for them, but they aren’t anywhere obvious, so I thought I would share how the class made them here in case anyone fancies making one for next Michaelmas or just for their children to play ‘Catch the Dragon’ with 🙂

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  • Firstly cut a square of about 22cm. Colour the square with crayons  on both sides in fiery colours ( Stockmar block crayons blend particularly well).
  • Find the centre and make a hole. Thread a 50 cm  length of yarn through it.

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  • Fold the paper in half to make two triangles.
  • Then fold one flap down a little as seen above. ( Leave the other part up as this is the part that helps catch the dragon )  

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  • Now fold one side across to meet the other side at the level of the flap you just folded down.dsc05166
  • Fold the other side across on top. (My eldest daughter taped this part down to stop it flapping up).

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  • Tie a bead to the bottom of your yarn

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  • Thread a bead onto the top of your yarn (there shouldn’t be too much movement, so choose the appropriate sized beed for your yarn).
  • Cut strips of tissue paper in fiery colours to  40cm lengths and fold in half.
  • Hold the strips together and tie them together right in the middle using the yarn as seen above.

And that’s it!
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My eldest daughter made one for herself the same day so she could join in the fun. She had to improvise with the tissue paper that we had a home (!) and preferred other colours for the cup. These have been a hit around here. So simple, yet so effective.

Hope the instructions were clear enough. It’s a bit tricky to explain so my daughters modelled how to make them for me 🙂

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