Dragon bead threading craft for Chinese New Year #BostikBlogger

How on earth have we almost come to the end of the year?!

I know it’s almost a cliche to say it at this point, but seriously, where have the last few weeks gone?

Christmas is just around the corner, and hot on its heels will be the New Year.  And then not long after that the festivities will start again for Chinese New Year, which is the theme for this month’s Bostik Blogger craft activity.

I decided to create a Chinese dragon bead threading activity, perfect for keeping little ones occupied during the celebrations.

Dragon bead threading craft for Chinese New Year

This is a super simple activity, and you only really need a couple of things to do it:

  • pipe cleaners
  • a selection of beads

I also used a pen and some googly eyes for the dragon’s face, but you can just draw all the features on with a pen if that’s all you have handy.

beads and pipe cleaners to make a dragon for chinese new year

Here’s what you do.

Grab a pipe cleaner and some beads and start threading.

Ideally use a red, orange or yellow pipe cleaner – I’ll explain why later!

When you’re threading the beads on you can create a bit of a pattern, or just put the beads on randomly, it’s completely up to you.  I went for a vaguely rainbow-like pattern with mine, because the beads I had were such a mix of colours.

bostik bloggers chinese new year bead threading

This is a really great activity for young children, as it helps develop their fine motor skills.

It’s also fun for older children though, who will enjoy picking out the beads they want to use and making their dragons as colourful as they possibly can!

When you thread the beads on make sure you leave a bit of the pipe cleaner free at each end.  Twist one of the ends to keep the beads from sliding off, and leave the other end free so that it looks like the dragon is breathing fire, if you do manage to find a red, orange or yellow pipe cleaner to use!

chinese new year dragon bead threading activity

Then, using a pen and some googly eyes (if you have some), add the dragon’s facial features to the end bead.

I kept my dragon quite plain and simple, but if you want to you can get creative and doodle patterns and scales and things on the rest of the beads to make your creation look even more dragon-like.

chinese new year dragon bead threading activity

And that’s it!

If you want to use this as a fine motor skill activity then you can just pull all the beads of and start again.  You could also make this more of an educational activity by making a few pattern cards and getting your child to follow them to make different dragons each time.

Or you can just make one and then have fun playing with it, making it fly through the air!


If you’re still feeling in the mood for crafting then you could have a go at making this brilliant paper Chinese dragon from Suburban Mum.


I was sent a box of craft materials to create this post, but all words, opinions and creations are my own.


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