My kids have always loved the idea of castles, and knights, and mythical beasts, but lately it’s all about the dragons!
Dragons have taken over the castle, and the tree house, and the rock fortress. Some are tame and friendly, but some are wild and ferocious!
Apart from the imaginative play there are so many other interesting and cool dragon-ish things to learn and do.
Here are ten cool dragon-ish things we’ve been enjoying…
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Most of our dragons are Schleich figurines which can be expensive but they last and last. We also have a set of little plastic dragons which are great for small world play. There are also lots of different Lego dragons in the Ninjago or Castle series and also in the new Elves series.
There are so many great dragon books here are a few of our favourites.
Picture books – Dragons Love Tacos (Amazon or Booktopia), Have you Seen My Dragon (Amazon or Booktopia), Puff the Magic Dragon book and CD (Amazon or Booktopia)
Chapter books – Dragon Keeper (Amazon or Booktopia), Dragonspell (Amazon or Booktopia), Dragon Rider (Amazon or Booktopia)
Dragon Paper Plane – from Create in the Chaos
This free printable dragon paper plane is easy to make and loads of fun to fly, although our dragons mostly nose dived into the ground!
Make some Dragon Eyes – from Our Peaceful Planet
Everyone loved making these dragon eyes. So simple yet so cool!
Pipe Cleaner Dragons – from Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls
These were a bit tricky for my 6 year old, but the older kids loved them!
No-sew Dragon Costume – from Bren Did.
I made a set of these no-sew dragon wings and they were super easy to make. I love the dragon cap idea too, or you could just buy these gorgeous dragon wings and tail costume from Etsy!
The Science of Dragons
Are dragons scientifically possible? Did something like a dragon once exist? Could something really breath fire? This video is long and very detailed, but if you’ve got older kids who like science and dragons, they’ll love this.
Real Life Dragons – from BBC Earth
Even if story book dragons don’t exist today, these ten real life creatures are very dragon-ish!
Creepy Dragon Hoaxes?
Once you start looking at YouTube videos about dragons you’ll find lots of kinda creepy ‘real dragon caught’ videos, and my kids LOVED them!
This one is kid-appropriate, and it’s up to you to decide if you think the dragon is real or not.
If you still haven’t had enough dragons then maybe a movie is in order? Here are a few that we love – I’v linked to Common Sense Media to help you decide if they are right for your kids. How to Train your Dragon (be warned – number 2 will make you cry!), Dragonheart, and our old favourite Mulan (you gotta love Mushu!)
Do your kids like dragons?
Do they have a favourite dragon book, or movie, or activity?
Share you dragon ideas in the comments below :)