My younger students created these puppets while learning about Leonardo Da Vinci. They were originally meant to be dragons, but ended up looking more bat-like. I think that the addition of some sort of tail next time will give them a more of a dragon appearance.
I started by sharing this tale about Leonardo Da Vinci with the kids:
One day a caretaker working in the Medici gardens found an enormous and strange looking lizard and brought it to Leonardo. "This reminds me of one of your painted dragons," he told him. It reminded Leonardo of his paintings too, and he started thinking how he could improve on this lizard to make it look like a dragon. First, Leonardo made some wings for the lizard, covering them with real scales. He glued the wings to the lizard's back and when the lizard moved the wings wagged. Then Leonardo gave the lizard a beard, and a pair of horns. Happy with his new pet dragon, Leonardo would show it to his friends to both amaze and frighten them.
To create our dragons, I used some of the same techniques that I did with my sea monster puppets. I had the kids create the individual parts which I then hot glued onto the dragon bodies. We also decided to add jewels to the wings, since what dragon doesn't love treasure?