This is a touching story. A tough story. Sometimes a controversial story. If the re-make is anything like the 1977 Disney movie release, we will be dealing with child abuse, human trafficking, and child abandonment. Doesn’t sound very kid friendly, does it? Nope, sure doesn’t.
Pete’s Dragon is the story of a little orphan named Pete. He runs away to escape the abuse of his ‘owners’ and lives on his own, in the wild. He is be-friend-ed by a dragon, named Elliot, who can turn invisible. This invisibility causes all adults to conclude that Elliot is Pete’s imaginary friend.
This really is a sweet story and I would recommend letting your kiddos watch it. I mean, it has a COOL DRAGON in it. And I guarantee that every kid will walk out of the theater wanting a dragon like Elliot. He is loving and protective. Just what every kid doesn’t know that they need in their life. Bless their innocence.
The movie (re-make) staring Robert Redford and Bryce Dallas Howard will be in theaters Aug 12. And it will be a fun to film to watch. A CGI dragon and great actors. Very nice. But if you want to preempt the movie, you can still purchase the 1977 version:
Here are some ideas for your very own DRAGON PARTY! I’m thinking birthdays here! Or school classroom parties. As a teacher, I LOVE it when the parties given by parents are book themed! It makes the kids read more!
First, THE FOOD:
Kids LOVE to decorate their own treats. So how about some DRAGON SHAPED COOKIES! There are some adorable dragon cookie cutters out there. This one is my favorite.
Have the cookies baked and cooled before the kids arrive. That way no one gets burned and you can make sure no one has broken cookies. On hand have: frostings of different shades of green, candies of different colors, and maybe some gel frosting pens. This stuff is available at your local grocery store. Let the kids decorate their own cookies and then eat them of course. This kids will have a blast and you won’t have to do all the treat decorating yourself. And if you put down a disposable table cloth, clean up will be a snap!
This cookie cutter also works well as a sandwich cutter. You can make any type of sandwich for you party and then ‘cut’ them into dragon shapes. Super cute!
For a healthier snack, I think something like this would work. I’ve never done it, or even attempted it.
I think you could make at as cute or vicious as you would like, but this would be perfect for summer parties and make other parents happy.
How about SOME GAMES:
Dragon Bean Bag Toss: you will need a bean back toss game set, green and black paint, and some off white colored card stock. You can get them at any store or even off of Amazon (ships right to your home!)Around the holes, use the paints to make a dragon face. Then double sided tape around the hole triangles cut from the card stock. To look like teeth! You could even use colored duct tape. That would be durable and easy to remove as well. Have the kids stand back and toss the bean bags into the dragon’s mouth.
Dragon Croquet: you will need an old croquet set, glue dots and off white and black card stock. Take the wickets (or the steel wire ‘gate’ that the balls roll through) and glue teeth to them. You can even make eyes to glue on top. Be creative here! Have fun! Here is a great set offered by Amazon:
Next, explain the rules of croquet, maybe make some of your own rules and game plays. Then set the kids free! This is a PERFECT game to play in a family style party. Grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins….the more the merrier!
Here are some easy ones that are available through Amazon. Re-usable and cost effective.
Now, SOME CRAFTS:
There are so many dragon crafts out there! For all ages. For all pocket books. Really, there are tons! Here are a few I thought would be great!
Dragon Hands: you need scissors, a pen, some colored paper (I used foam sheets), and some glue dots. You will want to make some templates for the legs, tail and head of the dragon. But the body is your child’s hands.
My Pet Dragon: you need a paper plate, scissors, paint, markers, glue dots, and some different colored construction paper. Cut your plate in half and color both halves. Cut out some triangles and glue along the curved edge of the plate. Cut out a tail, a head, and some L-shapes for legs. Glue the head and tail on, THEN the other half of the plate. Last, glue the legs on.
This on might be good for the older kiddos. A bit more sophisticated and a bit harder to do. From Amazon:
A Flying Dragons Craft Kit, $13.56. HIGH reviews, “Made of sturdy card stock, these 12 fearsome, stunning dragons are ready to fold and fly. Use expert tips to build a custom dragon, then read on for fascinating dragon facts written by award-winning science fiction author Pat Murphy.”
The next time you are in the park and you see that giant lit up Elliot go by in the parade, you’ll know what the story is and your kids will have some great memories to put with it. How joyful!
Pete’s Dragon. A celebration of friendship and loyalty. A lesson in believing and loving. Enjoy what it brings to your home and to your children.
Please feel free to send us some pictures and other Pete’s Dragon ideas. We would love to hear them!