Dragon Party -5yr- Dragon Crafts
Margie in Los Alamos, NM USA
Dragon Party 5 years Just Dragons - No knights No castles! My son wanted to have a dragon party this year, but he was adamant that he didn't want knights or castles just dragons. Well, this proved to be a little more difficult to plan as available party ware with dragons also has knights and/or castles on it. So, I had to put everything together myself. After a lot of searching, I found some really great ideas though!
My son LOVES crafts, so we decided to make the invitations. I ordered a foam dragon stamp on Ebay . We used it to stamp the dragon's body and spikes with 2 colors of craft paint on white card stock we didn't stamp his wings with paint. Then, to make the dragons more magical, I cut the wing shape out of double-sided-tape-sheets (purchased from orientaltrading.com.) My son peeled the backing off and stuck them on the card stock, where the dragon's wings were supposed to be, and then peeled the top paper off and sprinkled different colors of glitter on it. So the dragons had sparkly wings! We sealed each envelope with a dragon sticker purchased on Ebay. (I have to say that, if you prefer to purchase invitations, I found some really cute pre-made dragon invitations at and at There are a lot of Chinese-New-Year-type dragon decorations that you can buy, but we wanted to have all kinds of dragons at our party, so I opted not to buy any pre-made decorations. Instead, I used the foam stamp to stamp dragons onto construction paper. Then I cut the paper out into pendant-like triangles and stapled them onto string so it looked like flags. We strung this over the table and doorways on the day of the party. I purchased a dragon yard sign from shindigz.com.
On the day of the party we put it in the front yard with green and red balloons attached to it. My older son also had 3 dragon posters that came with a dragon book he had, so we hung those up, as well. We tied red and green helium-filled balloons around the yard. (If you want to make more decorations, look up dragon decal on Ebay. You can copy the shapes onto your computer, enlarge them, and print them up. These can be used as templates or directly as decorations.) When the children arrived, they received a dragon headband to wear (purchased on Ebay) and worked on a craft. The craft was making an egg carton dragon. (I thought of this on my own, but then I found something similar on-line: http://www.kidsdomain.com/craft/dragon.html.) Before the party, I cut egg carton cups down the middle, into long, 6-cup, rows. I punched holes into one end and spray-painted them green. I used small styrofoam eggs (purchased at a craft store) for the heads. I pressed them along the edge of a table so they were head-shaped and spray painted them green, as well. Finally, I cut green pipe cleaners into small lengths. When the kids arrived they poked a piece of pipe cleaner into the back of the head and twisted it through the hole in the egg carton to attach it. They glued wiggly eyes onto the head, stuck a red feather into the mouth for fire, and pipe cleaners into the head for horns and ears and horns. Finally, they decorated the body with glitter glue, sequins, and small craft foam shapes. They had a lot of fun making these dragons and some were rather impressive!
When they were done, we put them aside to dry. (Other DRAGON crafts I found on-line include
1) Dashing Dragons
3) Dragon Puppet
4) Dragon Tube Craft: and Dragon's Breath
After the craft, we played PIN THE PARTY- HAT ON THE DRAGON. I found this window cling game on Ebay and it was really perfect! But you could also draw a dragon on poster-board and use food stickers to feed the dragon.
Next, we played DRAGON TAG. Basically, the kids line up and hold onto the waist of the child in front of them. The person in front is it and tries to tag its tail (the last child in the line.) Once (s)he succeeds, (s)he moves to the end of the line.
Next, we did the PINATA. I purchased a green dragon-shaped pinata and filled it with dragon necklaces, flashing dragon pins (both purchased at oriental trading.com), a small amount of candy, and small dragon toys (purchased on Ebay.) Each child received a, canvas bag (from orientaltracing.com) that my son and I had previously stamped dragons on (using fabric paint and the foam dragon stamp.) They filled their bags with the pinata loot.
Next, we did a DRAGON EGG RELAY in which the children lined up on one side of the yard holding a plastic spoon. Each child had to carry a dragon egg on their spoon to the other side of the lawn and back again. If they dropped it, they could just pick it up. I used iridescent putty eggs (from orientaltrading.com) for this activity. They ran back and forth several times and put their dragon eggs into their canvas bags, along with their pinata loot when they were done.
Finally we played PASS THE DRAGON EGG, in which children passed an egg around while music plays. The egg consisted of dragon wands (Orientaltrading.com) wrapped in layers of tissue paper. When the music stopped, the child that was holding the egg unwrapped one layer and received his prize. After that, we took a break for cake and ice cream. I couldn't find any party ware with just dragons, so I purchased plain green plates, napkins, cups, tablecloths, and forks, because green is my son's favorite color. I found an AWESOME dragon cake pattern on-line at http:// www.webmall1.com/sweetdreams/dragoncake.htm. It was SO adorable, and a big hit with the kids. We drank red, dragon-blood, punch and ate iridescent dragon dust sherbet. Finally, it was time to go on the treasure hunt:
THE HUNT FOR THE DRAGON'S LAIR. I showed the children a page from my older son's book, Dragonology, that describes how dragons hoard treasure in their lairs. I had made up a treasure map before the party, and told them that an old dragon-hunter had given it to me. The map wasn't very specific, and as most of the children can't read yet, I embellished our hunt orally as we went along. I wanted to make sure that the children weren't scared. As we followed the map, we found dragon scales in the desert (small abalone shells in the sand box), and a few jewels that the dragon dropped along the way. We knew that we were getting near the lair when we found all the baby dragons out playing (small plush dragons from orientaltrading.com). I had made the lair at the corner of our fence with long strips of brown packing paper. Inside, the kids found the dragon's treasure: more jewels, jewel- tone faceted super balls, small metal coins with dragons on them (from Ebay) chocolate gold coins, and gold Mardi Gras necklaces (from a local party shop.) I think that this was the best part of the party in the children's eyes. They LOVED the treasure hunt! The kids put everything that they found in the dragon's lair into their canvas bags.
As a final activity, I purchased DRAGON SCRATCHERS on Ebay. Before they went home, each child received a scratcher and then used their dragon coin (from the treasure hunt) to scratch off the coating to reveal a word: red, green, or black. Then they had to hunt for a plastic dragon figure (my husband hid these during the treasure hunt) in the color that their scratcher indicated. When they went home, they took their bags filled with all their goodies, their magic dragon wand, their craft, and dragon figures. My son and I made thank-you notes using cardstock and large dragon stickers we bought on-line. We sent them out with photographs of each guest doing something fun at the party.
The next week, my son took cupcakes to school for a class party. I found candy molds on Ebay for making dragon chocolate- pops on sticks. I just filled the dragon part with melted green chocolate and my son scooped in milk chocolate. I didn't insert a lollypop stick, so they were just flat, round chocolates with green dragons on them. I frosted the cupcakes with green frosting and pressed these chocolate circles on at a slight angle. They were bigger than the entire top of the cupcake, but they looked great. He took them to school with the extra green napkins and juice boxes. Another idea I had for cupcakes was to make little dragon flags to push into each cupcake using toothpicks and dragon clipart on my computer.
Overall this party turned out terrific. My son's friends brought various toys/items that they had received at the party to share at preschool every day for an entire week! More than one mom told me that their son hadn't stopped talking about the party and my older son (now 7) told me that he wants the exact same party when it's his birthday!