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March 26 is Make Up Your Own Holiday Day! Every year is filled with predetermined holidays, but this one gives people a chance to make up their own.
And I did; it’s called Hug Your Dragon Day.
Establishing an official national holiday is not an easy process. For example, in the 1800s Sarah Josepha Hale decided that our nation should observe a national day of thanks. She wrote countless letters to politicians, governors, and even the president. In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln agreed to Hale’s proposal, but Thanksgiving did not become an official national holiday until 1941!
Hopefully it won’t take that long to get Hug Your Dragon day deemed a national holiday!
SO….what does Hug Your Dragon Day entail? I’m not sure…this is a first for me! BUT, I do believe it would have something to do with celebrating dragons not as the fierce beasts that legend says they are…but as the fun, poetry-reading-candy-eating-book-reading friends that that are.
To me, Dragons are not the scary, fire-breathing beasts that fiction makes them out to be. The Dragons from my childhood were a fun-loving lot who craved sweets, loved to dance and the only thing they devoured was BOOKS 🙂
WHY…do Dragons “need a hug?” Well, as fellow author and book reviewer, Gayle Swift, put it…Dragons Need Friends Too.
Dragons and dinosaurs fascinate children so they’re predisposed to love Dragons Are Real by Valerie Budayr and illustrated by Michael Welply. It delivers the full inside story on the fire-breathing beasts. Who knew dragons need friends and yearn to be a child’s BFF? read the rest of this wonderful review HERE.
First, let’s get ready for our celebration
We have to have party favors, rights? Here are some cute ones from One Little Project.
How about food? Ice cream is a must because our dear dragon friends lloooooovvvveee ice cream. If you’ve ever been walking down the street, stopped to look at something and looked back only to find your sweet treat is GONE…it’s a dragon. I can assure you of this.
If we want something more hearty to go with our ice cream, I can always whip up a batch of Dragon Bread. Grab the recipe here.
What will be do for entertainment? Read a book of course! And I just happen to have the perfect book for the occasion….
Or we could tell some riddles…Dragons love riddles too!
Telling riddle goes hand-in-hand, or paw-in-paw….or claw-in-claw…with the fact that Dragons love to laugh as well. But riddles are much more to their fancy. If you ever meet a Dragon, chances are he will test you with a riddle to see if it’s safe for him to talk to you.
First, let’s make sure we understand what a “riddle” is. The definition of a riddle is this: A question or statement intentionally phrased so as to require ingenuity in ascertaining its answer or meaning.
So let’s practice our riddle telling and guessing!
What has two hands, but can’t tie a shoe or open a door?
Answer: A clock!
Perhaps you’d like to delve into other Dragon books? No problem.Here are some wonderful friendly dragon books for kids that I have encountered in my travels:
I love this book because it is a coloring book and a story book all in one. Danny Dragon is perplexed because he can’t seem to get the hang of flying like all the other young dragons his age. Danny Dragon decides to write a letter to the Master Dragon for help. Will The Master Dragon write him back, or will he have to solve his problems by himself?
Author Alva Sachs is a wonderfully unique person as well! She has 16 years of teaching experience and is the CEO of the Three Wishes Publishing Company. She is also the President of Reading is Fundamental of Southern California. Visit Alva’s website to learn more about her and her books.
Zoey and Sasfrass: With magical animals, science, mystery, and adventure — the brand new series Zoey and Sassafras has something for everyone! Easy-to-read language and illustrations on nearly every page make this series perfect for a wide range of ages.
In the first book of this series, Zoey discovers a glowing photo and learns an amazing secret. Injured magical animals come to their backyard barn for help! When a sick baby dragon appears, it’s up to Zoey and Sassafras to figure out what’s wrong. Will they be able to help little Marshmallow before it’s too late?
There’s No Such Thing as a Dragon by Jack Kent
When Billy Bixbee finds a tiny dragon in his bedroom, his mom tells him, “There’s no such thing as a dragon!” This only makes the dragon get bigger. He grows, and grows, and grows, until he’s bigger than Billy’s house—and that’s just the beginning!
The Dragon’s Cold by John Talbot
Imagine how complicated it can be when you are a dragon with a huge cold! And to top it off, the whole community around you is terrified of you. This sweet story is from 1988, but is such a great read with some valuable lessons inside. A group of children find this door dragon, sad, alone and very sick inside his cave. With a severe head cold, this dragon is feeling pretty horrible PLUS misunderstood. He begs the children to stay and help him-and they do. The adventure begins when the kids decide the best thing for the dragon to do is blow his nose. But where does one find Kleenex that BIG?! A great read aloud book for ages 2-7.
Here’s a Dragon Booklist for Beginning Readers!
Shall we do some dancing? But not just any dance, mind you. Dragons are a big animal so their favorite dance (the one they can manage the best is the Cha-Cha-Cha! Let’s brush up on your Cha-Cha-Cha skills so you can get down and groove with your favorite Dragon.
The Cha Cha is characterized by its captivating rhythm – one, two, cha, cha, cha or step, step, cha-cha-cha. The footwork is simple and mostly focuses on just shifting weight from one foot to another.
It’s danced to music written in 4/4 time and played at a tempo of 28-34 measures per minute. Five steps are taken to four beats of music – 2 slow steps, 2 quick steps, followed by one slow step. So the count would be: Slow, slow, quick, quick, slow, slow, slow, quick, quick, slow…
- Step forward with your left foot
- Right foot in place, weight shifts to it
- Sidestep to the left with your left foot
- Move your right foot to your left foot
- Sidestep to the left with your left foot
- Step backward & left with your right foot
- Left foot in place, weight shifts to it
- Step forward & right with your right foo
- Move your left foot to your right foot
- Sidestep to the right with your right foot
- For more details on how to “cha-cha-cha” your way into a dragon’s heart, visit Dancing4Beginners.com for full instruction and videos.
Would you like more Dragons Are Real Activities? Grab my FREE Downloadable Activity Guide HERE: