Did you know that your favorite dragons have a new book out? Titled Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel, it’s about traveling through time to save the tacos. Inspired by the book, we made a simple time machine craft so we could travel back in time to plant taco trees throughout history so the dragons never have to worry about their favorite food becoming extinct.
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Our dragons’ favorite snack is in danger of going extinct in this laugh-out-loud, time-traveling sequel to the New York Times bestseller Dragons Love Tacos.
Listen, don’t freak out, but I have some terrible news: There are no tacos left anywhere in the entire world! That’s a huge problem because, as you know, dragons love tacos. We’ve got to do something! I know, let’s fire up that time machine in the garage and go back in time, to before tacos went extinct. Then we can grab lots of tacos and bring them back with us. Just be sure you don’t grab any tacos with spicy salsa. You remember what happened last time…
We Loved It!
The book has just the right amount of quirky silliness to keep kids engaged. Besides being the adorable dragon characters loved by kids, you can count on them to be predictable…. in a good way. The ending will have LOL-ing even if you guessed how the story would end!
The illustrations beautifully illustrated with lots of humor. My kids especially loved the last two pages which had a group of real and make-believe characters that are from the past and have time traveled to enjoy a taco party. There’s Abraham Lincoln, Frankenstein, a wizard, a basketball player and of course, dragons 🙂
Recommended for preschoolers and kindergartners.
Time Machine Craft Tutorial
Since the dragons travel back in time to save the tacos, we decided to make a simple time machine craft.
- paper plate or thin piece of cardboard (or cereal box)
- Time Machine Clock Teleport clipart or Time Machine Distortion clipart; both free
- black paint or marker,
- brown watercolor
- paper clip
How to make it:
- Cut out the center circle of the paper plate. If using cardboard, use a compass or trace a circular object.
- Print the graphic, I used half a sheet. Trim around the out edges a bit to make a circle shape. Glue to the graphic to the center of the plate.
- Poke a hole in the middle. Open the paper clip by bending it to create the spinner. Place a brad/paper fastener through it. Stick through the hole you poked. Bend the sides don on the under-side, but not too tight or it won’t spin.
- Divide the rim into sections. We have 8 spaces on ours.
- Use the brown watercolor to paint the white ring/outer rim. Let dry.
- Take a black marker or black paint to outline around the graphic and the outer edge as well as the lines dividing the sections.
- Choose interesting time periods to write in the different sections. Check out Wikipedia for historical time periods to get ideas. We chose the following: Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Ancient Egypt, Ancient India, Shang Dynasty, Middle Ages, The Renaissance, and The Colonial Period
Now you’re ready to travel and save the tacos like the dragons did in the book!
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