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Get creative with these wooden craft ideas! With so much to see and do, take a peek at these activities to get you started!

Extending Jaws Dragon

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Look out the dragon is coming straight for us!
Watch your dragon extend and reach as you squeeze the wooden arms closed. This is a great engineering project for kids, introducing them to STEAM in a fun way!
  • Step 1Take the wooden pieces for the extending jaws and use a marker to colour them in. Allow them to dry so the ink doesn’t come off onto your hands.
  • Step 2While the wood is drying, print the BLM template provided onto cover paper. This will provide a good surface for decorating. Use markers to decorate and add a touch of sparkle with some fine glitter. Allow to dry and then cut out the template. Adult supervision is recommended when using scissors.
  • Step 3Use the stay anywhere pen to draw scales onto the wooden pieces.
  • Step 4Use the paper fasteners to start assembling the wooden pieces. Use the 2 pieces with 3 holes to create a cross, then fasten through the middle hole. Create 2 more crosses that are fastened in the centre using the other 4 pieces. Make sure that the ends with the holes in them are facing in the same direction.
  • Step 5Take the cross with holes at both ends and one of the other crosses. Align the holes at one end, layering one end under and one end on top of the other, then hold in place using a paper fastener.
  • Step 6Attach the final cross by aligning the holes on the opposite side, layering as you did in step 5 and securing in place with a paper fastener. The extending jaws can now be tested. Take one end and move the ends open and closed to extend the jaws.
  • Step 7Use PVA glue to attach the wooden half circle pieces to one end of your jaws. Allow to dry.
  • Step 8Glue the decorated dragon head into place on top of the half circles, making sure they’re positioned so the mouth closes nicely when the jaws are extended. Allow to dry.
  • Step 9Your Extending Jaws Dragon is now ready for you to play with!

Materials used in this activity

CleverPatch Junior PVA Glue - 250ml
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Paper Fasteners - Pack of 100
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Micador Stay Anywhere Permanent Pens - Pack of 12
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CleverPatch Cover Paper - White - A4 - Pack of 250
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CleverPatch Triangular Maxi Coloured Markers - Pack of 10
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Wooden Extending Jaws - Pack of 10
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