Pull-Along Dragon Toy

Create a pull-along dragon toy out of paper cups. It's an enjoyable way to learn about Chinese culture and a great craft to make for the Chinese New Year.
Pull-Along Dragon Toy craft


  • Paper cups or yoghurt cups
  • Construction paper or printable
    card stock
  • Poster paint or acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Crayons or oil pastels
  • Jingle bell
  • Beads
  • String
  • Glue gun
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Scotch tape
  • Pencil
  • Small coins

Safety Tips

  • Keep the glue gun out of children's reach.
  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help.. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.


Step 1 Pull-Along Dragon Toy 1. Trim 4 paper cups to about 2 inches in height. You may also use yoghurt cups as an alternative.
Step 2 Pull-Along Dragon Toy 2. Punch a pair of opposite holes along the middle portion of three of the cups.
Step 3 Pull-Along Dragon Toy Ask for an adult's help.3. Using the tip of a pencil, punch a small hole at the center of the fourth cup's bottom.
Step 4 Pull-Along Dragon Toy 4. Paint the paper cups with your desired color of poster paint.

*If the surface of your cups is glossy or waxy, use acrylic paint.
Step 5 Pull-Along Dragon Toy 5. Use a dry brush to apply gold or silver paint streaks on each red cup.
Step 6 Pull-Along Dragon Toy 6. Print out this dragon head template on card stock or draw your own version of a dragon's head on construction paper. The head should be slightly bigger than the paper cup's mouth. Color the dragon's head with crayons or oil pastels.
Step 7 Pull-Along Dragon Toy 7. Cut out the dragon head.
Step 8 Pull-Along Dragon Toy 8. Cut a long piece of string and make a knot on one end. String a jingle bell and 2 to 3 large beads through the string.
Step 9 Pull-Along Dragon Toy 9. Cut drinking straw into three 1-inch long pieces. String the three paper cups through the string, with a drinking straw in between cups.
Step 10 Pull-Along Dragon Toy 10. String the fourth cup through its bottom hole.
Step 11 Pull-Along Dragon Toy 11. Make a knot on the string from the inside of the fourth cup. Cut the excess length of string.
Step 12 Pull-Along Dragon Toy 12. Punch a hole on the top portion of the dragon's head.
Step 13 Pull-Along Dragon Toy Ask for an adult's help.13. Use glue gun to attach the dragon's head to the fourth cup's mouth.
Step 14 Pull-Along Dragon Toy 14. Tape a small coin below each hole on the cup adjacent to the head. These coins will provide the weight to stabilize your dragon as you pull it along.
Step 15 Pull-Along Dragon Toy 15. Attach a long string through the hole on the dragon's head. Once the glue and paint are completely dry, you can take your pull-along dragon toy for a walk.