Inspired by Phoenix children's author Amanda Malik-Ahmadi's wonderful debut picture book, 10 Ballet Dancers, which is gorgeously illustrated by Kathrine Gutkovskiy, this project is great for the littlest dance and art enthusiasts, and can be embellished with yarn, ribbon, fabric, or painted paper--whatever you have on hand.
This dragon is made from a 9"x12" sheet of 1/4" foam from the craft store, cut in half (so you can make two, with lots of foam left over for other figures!) The wings are cut from construction paper. I used no glue in connecting the pieces--none is necessary because the notches cut in the foam fit snugly together. For the manga figure, I copied a picture that I'm really embarrassed to say I cannot find again. But you can make any figure stand up, if you leave 1/4" extra foam on the bottoms of the feet, then cut holes in a square of foam and insert. Another option is glueing a small bit of foam behind the feet to prop the figure up then glueing on the figure. I used acrylic craft paint for the dragon, and washable marker for the manga figure. Both work great on foam. So does water and chalk pastel!
I made these cute little guys out of a 9"x12" sheet of 1/4" foam from the craft store, cut in half (so you could make four Dinos out of one sheet.) This foam is marvelous for making 3-D "puzzles" by cutting notches in each piece and sliding them together. You can also make these from corrugated cardboard or cereal boxes. (Card stock tends to be too flimsy.)