Thursday, June 18, 2015

Family Book Club: Dragons Love Tacos

My boys LOVE the book Dragons Love Tacos and it was a natural choice for our second Family Book Club.  

We started the day off with breakfast tacos.  I used two serape scarves that I already had, some chili pepper lights, flowers leftover from the baby shower I hosted last weekend and the dragon hat from Mason's Knight party to decorate the table. 


The kids FLIPPED over the lights.



I found these little "Make Your Own Taco" sticker activity books for $1.26/each on Amazon and they were a fun activity to keep the natives occupies while Dave and I got breakfast going.




The stickers were removable and they had a great time sticking and resticking their tacos.




Who wants breakfast tacos?!?!?!







Dave read the story this time and, of course, he had to wear the dragon hat.

 

Our first activity of the day was to paint the taco shells for our paper tacos we would be putting together later in the afternoon.


I printed out some dragon mask templates I found on cardstock and the kids colored them with markers and crayons.  I taped a cut rubber band to the sides but they kept snapping and so we opted for holding them up instead :)  


Next time I would glue a popsicle stick to the mask instead of trying the rubber band.


Peek-a-boo!!!


Lunch was leftover taco pasta, which is SUPER simple and yummy.

Brown 1 lb of lean ground beef.  Add in 1 cup water and 1 packet taco seasoning and let it simmer about 5 minutes (or until most of the liquid has cooked off).  Add in 6 oz of cream cheese and stir until melted.  Add in about a cup of shredded cheese and about 3/4 of a box of penne pasta (already cooked)... (I use 3 cups of dry pasta).   Stir it all together and voila!!!


After Griffin went down for a nap the boys and I did a science experiment with taco sauce and pennies.  I prepped the table with "directions" and space for us to conduct the experiment.



First we took a dirty penny and covered it in taco sauce.  After a few minutes we scrubbed it and rinsed it off and voila!  It was clean!


So now to find out what made it clean...  First step, we put a dirty penny next to each of the individual ingredients (salt, water, vinegar and tomato paste) and covered the pennies in each of the individual ingredients.  


We washed those pennies off and they were still dirty.  So we concluded that it wasn't any individual ingredient that was cleaning the penny.  It must be a combination!



We tried three different combinations of ingredients and then waited for the results.




After rubbing and rinsing the final three pennies, it was obvious that it was salt and vinegar together that were responsible for shining up the penny.  We talked about chemical reactions and about how sometimes when you put two ingredients together they change and are more powerful than they were by themselves.  We'd had a "morning" so I stretched it and we talked about how sometimes brothers can do bigger and better things when they work together :)  #momwin


We cleaned up science, played for a bit and then got into craft mode.


Each of the boys picked out a plastic cup and we ripped strips of red and yellow crepe paper and then taped them to the inside of the cup.


I hot glued pom poms and googly eyes onto the top and cut an x in the bottom of the cup for a straw to fit in.  Then they blew into the straw and the fire breathing dragon came to life! :)




Next up was finishing our paper plate tacos!  We shredded up some brown craft paper and then more red and yellow crepe paper. 



I forgot to take progress pictures, but we glued and taped the three papers down to the inside edge of the plate, then I hot glued the green crinkle on.  We folded the plates in half, stapled and admired our tacos!


After crafting, the boys wentand played and I cleaned up and set up our "Taco Party" for dinner.
I used their crafts from the day to decorate and they were so proud to show them off.






    

And for dinner??? More tacos. hahaha 


 I forgot that I had ordered these dragon stickers, so after dinner I came up with a quick little activity for the boys.  


I put one of each of the stickers along the bottom of a piece of paper and then labeled them each with a number . Then they had to "stack" that number of matching stickers on top (creating a little graph).



We had so much fun on Dragons Love Tacos Day and I had the best time coming up with activities for us to do together throughout the day.  If the "mess" and clutter of crafting with your kids stresses you out, here's a little tip.  The nigh before I go through my craft supply closet and pull out what I'm going to need for the next day. Throughout the day as we're playing and crafting I pull things from the basket and then throw it all back in there when we're done.  It keeps the mess minimal and puts everything we're using at hand. 


If you don't have Dragons Love Tacos in your family library, you can pick it up on Amazon HERE (and it's on sale!!!).

I'm hoping that you can pull an activity (or two!) from here for your own Family Book Club day.  PLEASE don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions!!!

105 comments:

  1. Seriously - you are mom of the year! I WISH I was that creative!!!! Love reading your blog every day :)

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  2. This looks like such a fun day! The ideas you come up with are so creative!! Where are your yellow, green and orange plates from? I really like them!

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    1. Thanks! They're from Pier1... but from when we bought our first house... so probably 11 years ago! The line was Toscana if that helps at all!

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  3. I LOVE the Family Book Club Day idea! I can't wait to try these with my kids this summer.

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  4. We don't have this book! Adding it to my Amazon order right this very second!

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    1. YAY! It's silly and fun and your kids (probably Smith, especially) will LOVE it! And then you'll need to make tacos... without salsa :) (you'll get it after you read the book) hehehe

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  5. What a fun day, especially since it looks like it was rainy and crummy outside. Love the paper plate taco they made. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It was awful outside and it ended up being the best day possible for this :)

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  6. You did it again! Great ideas! You should seriously write a book about your family book club. I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

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  7. Yet another fantabulous idea for my class. So much goodness here. I think I might need to give you credit in my newsletter. Lol. You are brilliant.

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    1. So glad that you're able to use some of these ideas in the classroom!

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  8. Holy cuteness batman! Seriously great job!! I'm feeling very inspired, thanks!

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    1. YAY!!! Now get your craft supplies out and GO! :)

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  9. It's obvious you are a teacher :) This family book club activity is brilliant and incorporates so much! GREAT ideas and thanks for sharing!

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  10. Once again, you are amazing! Another book I can add to my " someday " shelf for grandkids! Love it!

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    1. Love it!!! Starting your collection early :)

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  11. I absolutely love this! So much fun! keep the book and activities coming. I can't wait to try some of these with my 3 year old.

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  12. This looks like so much fun!! I think my favorite part was the fire breathing dragons. Sure they loved that!!

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    1. Next time you're over we'll make one :) hahaha

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  13. I'm going to officially declare you THE MOST FUN MOM EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR. In the history of EVER. Seriously impressed with your skills once again!

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  14. I am a preschool teacher and love this idea. Would it be okay if I used this idea for my class next year? I could plan my entire week around this book and crafts. Such a great idea.

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  15. You are most fun mom!! I love reading your blog!

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  16. Such a cute book, and what a fun day!! Love!!

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  17. Such a fun idea! How do you choose each book?

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    1. So far I've picked books that we have and that my boys love. I also flip through them, brainstorm and pick ones that I have some ideas for right off the bat.

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  18. This is awesome! We homeschool and do fun book studies all the time, so I love seeing new ideas!!!!!

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  19. Ahhhh I am loving this so much!!! My kiddos in my classroom would love this as well! Thanks!

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  20. i wish there was a way i could pin this entry on Pinterest! I would love to do this activity with my future kiddos :)

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    1. I'll make a graphic and pin it and then you can repin :)

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  21. Such cuteness for your kids. Lifetime memories for them. Keep it going!!!

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  22. Love this idea!! Where did you find the mask template?

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    1. I googled dragon mask and then saved it to my desktop. I'll go back and see if I can find it and I"ll post the link here.

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  23. I mean, girl, how in the world??? You are the BEST mom ever! I wish I had an ounce of your energy and craftiness!!! I am more and more impressed every time you blog!

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    1. Completely agree!! The energy you put into that amazes me girl!

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    2. Y'all are sweet! Keep in mind that I'm not doing this many crafts every day. ANNND I enjoy doing it - so while it can be tiring, it's super fun.

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  24. ummm...this is awesome! You're such a great mom!! I am going to have to do something like this with my girls. I also love how you turned it into a lesson about brothers working together #momwin

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    1. Thank you! And yes... I'm always looking for a good life lesson parallel :)

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  25. Another winner! I can't even choose which part I liked the best, love it all! Another book in the Amazon cart for the grandkids:)

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    1. YAY! So glad you enjoyed it! My favorite were the paper tacos :)

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  26. Love this!!! The fire breathing dragon was my fave!! This is way too creative and good job mom! Your kids are lucky!!

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  27. I am LOVING these. Going to start with your two books and then do my own. AHHHH. I can't wait.

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  28. Love this! I totally stole some of the elements from 'The Day the Crayons Quit' book club! We had a rainy day last weekend and it was PERFECT to keep the kids engaged and not kill each other (or me)! I will definitely be grabbing this book and gathering supplies for activities to keep us occupied on our next rainy day (probably this weekend again, thanks to tropical depression Bill).

    If you have a favorite list of kids books to incorporate activities with I'd love for you to share!!

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    1. I don't have anything off the bat, but as I work through book club books I'll be posting more. ;)

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    2. Perfect, can't wait! Thank you for doing all the creative thinking and making me look like a rock star! :D

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  29. Ok, even though I'm older than you by a couple of years, can you be my mommy?! Because I totally want to make a fire breathing dragon!
    ~Melissa P

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    1. Yes!!! I will totally be your mommy for a day and we can make dragons :)

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    2. Yay!! If I ever make my way to TX, I'm holding you to it ; )

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  30. You are so creative, it is awesome and inspiring! Last weekend I bought the supplies for your 4th of July crafts and we made the hot air balloon and the flag (still in progress, the paint took so long to dry). My almost 3 year old loved it - she loves projects. Also, you are going to sell so many books, haha! I've already ordered several you've mentioned, most recently the crayons book and now today this dragon book (and the author's other book about squirrels). Thanks for the awesome ideas!

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    1. I ordered the squirrel one as well! Can't wait! And I'm so glad you're getting some ideas and having fun with your daughter. :)

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  31. Wow, you are the most creative mom in the world!!! What wonderful memories for your kids!!

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  32. This is seriously off the charts amazing! I love your creativity. You're surely creating amazing memories for your kiddos!

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  33. You are so much fun! Creativeness is totally your talent! :)

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  34. Such a sweet mamma. Let's talk about how cute that taco is!!!

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  35. Love this!! Thanks so much!

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  36. The best part: the picture of your husband reading to your kiddos. Such an inspiring example of a hands on, loving family.

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    1. Awwwwwwwwww. Thank you!!! And yes - Dave is the BEST!

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  37. Such great ideas! Thank you for sharing, and thank you for the motivation and for reminding me what's truly important....the time we spend with our kids!

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  38. Wow you definitely found your right calling in life as a teacher! You are amazing!!!!! So brilliant!! It's exhausting enough for me to even think about the work you put into this. (I'm the uncreative lazy mom that makes my kids do workbooks instead over summer break! Ha)

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    1. At least they're working!!! :) hahahaha Thank you so much!

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  39. So glad you enjoyed this book, I love all your activities and different taco recipes, yum!!!

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  40. Wow - this totally stressed me out! I think I would feel proud to get through one of those activities in a day with my kiddos. I'm so impressed you can come up with all of this and execute it. OH and feed them in the process. Just amazing!

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    1. Oh no!!! Start small.... one little craft :)

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  41. My first graders absolutely LOVE Dragons Love Tacos!!

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  42. P.S. I emailed you on Monday - hope to get a response soon! :)

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    1. I have been AWFUL about email this week! I promise I'll get to it....

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    2. Thanks!! You're the best! Enjoy the weekend with your kiddos and Dave!!

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  43. Can we PLEASE be neighbors?!!!! I love this so much and bookmarking to hopefully do this summer with my daughter and nanny kiddos! This is perfect for my upcoming 12 hour work days!!

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  44. OMG, I just need to live at your house with all of the cool stuff you do!

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  45. You are so creative!!! Love all your projects! I'm not very good at the plan ahead part!

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    1. That's the hardest part for me - but once I do it, the execution is usually fairly easy :)

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  46. Your family is just too cute for words. You are inspiring me to do more learning with my 3 kiddos over the summer. I can't even imagine yet as our school year doesn't end until next Friday...I'm an elementary teacher so I'm just toooo tired to think about it yet. lol. Susan Campbell

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    1. Oh girl, give yourself a solid week of nothing and then dive in :) hahaha

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  47. i always love your family book club posts! I can do them with my own kids..and my school kids!

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  48. I am loving the family book club posts! Such great ideas and I know my kids will have a blast. Keep them coming!

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  49. This is the absolute best idea! My 7 year old would love it! My 10 year old hates to read but maybe if I did something like this he may love it!!! Great idea! Thank you for the inspiration!

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