Dragons Love Tacos

This week is play!

We started with a rhyme called “Five Little Dragons.” We stretched and wiggled our fingers and pretended they were baby dragons.

Five little dragons went out to play,
Over the hills and far away.
Mother dragon said, “It’s time for your snack,”
But only four little dragons came back.
(repeat for four, three, two, and one)

Worried mother dragon began to breathe fire,
But the tears she shed made the fire expire.
Mother dragon said, “It’s a VERY good snack!”
And all of the five little dragons came back.

We followed that up with our story for the day, Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri.

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Dragons love tacos, but dragons do not love spicy salsa! If you throw a taco party for dragons, you’d better make sure the salsa isn’t spicy. Otherwise, there could be trouble…

Rubin and Salmieri are the exceptionally talented duo behind Big Bad Bubble, a favorite of mine. Dragons Love Tacos has the same clever humor and charming absurdity of Big Bad Bubble.

After our book, we played dragon dice! I printed out cards with actions written on them, then tucked the cards into the plastic pockets of one of our giant foam dice. The actions for today were:

  1. Fly!
  2. Run!
  3. Roar!
  4. Breathe fire! (we used red, orange, and yellow scarves for our fire)
  5. Eat all the tacos! (we pretended to gobble up imaginary tacos)
  6. Show your claws!

After everyone who wanted to toss the dice had a turn to do so, we went to our stations:

  1. Paper plate tacos.
    I was so excited for this craft, and it was so much fun! I ripped up some paper lunch bags for the meat, cut some small squares of red construction paper for the diced tomatoes, and used a paper shredder to make shredded lettuce and shredded cheese out of green and yellow construction paper. The kids colored their paper plates, folded them in half, stuffed them with ingredients, and brought them to an adult to be stapled shut. They were adorable!
  2. Fire breathing dragons.We happened to have some pretty green plastic cups left over from Christmas, but you could easily use toilet paper tubes painted green or wrapped in green construction paper. I cut the bottom of the cups off with a craft knife beforehand. I used glue dots to attach everything to mine, but some of the kids had better luck using glue sticks to stick the tissue paper flames on. Once the whole thing is assembled, you can blow into it to make the flames move!
  3. Dragon footprint rubbings.
    These were pretty easy to make, and they can be reused. I just trimmed some scrap cardboard into 5×5 pieces, drew the footprints on with a pencil, and traced the pencil lines with a hot glue gun.
  4. Dinosaurs and wooden tree blocks.

Next week is STEM!

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