PLAY into your Parenting: National Taco Day! - The Bodhi Tree and Stacey

Friday the 4th of October is National Taco Day!

Of COURSE you can choose to make it Taco Day any day you choose.

National Taco Day is observed annually on October 4. Tacos are loved and eaten by millions each day in either hard or soft shell with a variety of fillings. Tacos became popular in the United States and Canada in the early 20th century.  The most common taco variety in the U.S. is a hard-shell taco. It is a crisp-fried corn tortilla filled with meat, cheese, and vegetables. Hard-shell tacos are sold by many restaurants and fast food chains. They were popularized by Taco Bell. There also are other taco varieties such as soft-shell tacos, crispy tacos, puffy tacos and others.

 

Food ideas:

  • Ground beef, ground chicken, ground turkey
  • Lettuce, spinach, kale, cabbage, bok choy
  • Tomatoes, peppers, grated carrot, grated zucchini, grated cucumber, niblets of corn
  • Hard taco shells
  • Soft taco shells
  • Refried beans, black beans, garbanzo beans
  • Salsa, sour cream, guacamole, black olives 
  • Grated cheese

 

For further inspiration look here: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/packages/recipes-for-kids/back-to-school/mom-100-taco-night-tacos

 

Craft ideas:

Using what’s available in your house or you may need to get a few things from the store.  Paper, pencils, crayons, markers, stickers, paint or pastels.

 

  • Play-dough tacos you will need, yellow, red, green & brown coloured dough
  • store bought or homemade recipe below: 
  • https://theimaginationtree.com/best-ever-no-cook-play-dough-recipe/
  • Colouring sheets as seen below to colour
  • Chalk drawing on black coloured paper, drawing taco shapes & cutting them out
  • Plastic lids from yogurt containers fold really easily into a taco shape, fill them with sand, leaves & bits of twigs for a nature play
  • Put finger paint right on the table & create taco shapes, shapes of ingredients & using fingers & your whole hands 
  • Weave together, strips of green, red & yellow paper, making place mats for Taco night 

 

Book ideas:

Already on your shelf, get it from the library or borrow it from a friend.

https://www.amazon.ca/Dragons-Love-Tacos-Adam-Rubin/dp/0803736800/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=tacos&qid=1570133268&s=books&sr=1-4

https://www.amazon.ca/Dragons-Love-Tacos-2-Sequel/dp/0525428887/ref=pd_bxgy_14_img_2/137-0761038-1285723?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0525428887&pd_rd_r=e9c5dbb9-a878-4af4-bd95-f26facdf4433&pd_rd_w=eHPZn&pd_rd_wg=EJKW7&pf_rd_p=a62e2918-d998-4bbb-8337-35aac776e851&pf_rd_r=2TEP1VB241TG3FNA6PBX&psc=1&refRID=2TEP1VB241TG3FNA6PBX

https://www.amazon.ca/This-Taco-Andrew-Cangelose/dp/1941302726/ref=sr_1_14?keywords=tacos&qid=1570133321&s=books&sr=1-14

https://www.amazon.ca/Just-girl-loves-Tacos-Llamas/dp/1729808212/ref=sr_1_27?keywords=tacos&qid=1570133366&s=books&sr=1-27

 

Classroom ideas:

Pot luck lunch! Ask each of your students to bring something to add to create Tacos. 

Taco Tuesday for lunch, SO FUN!

 

Mindful Minutes:

Time spent together doing something that acknowledges the day.

If you were to take a few mindful minutes today, I’m certain you could find a way to make your children smile, using National Taco day as your inspiration.  

 

Some questions/ideas to spark conversation;

Where do tacos come from?

Where are each of the ingredients grown?

Talk about crunchy vs soft textures, which feels better in their mouths?

What other ingredients could we put in them?

Could we make a sweet treat taco, if yes, how?

What could we put in it?

Is there somewhere near you, where you could go out to eat tacos?

Talk about all the flavours available at the restaurant

 

Putting mindfulness & play into parenting with fun ideas & kids meditation.

 

Doing fun things with our children creates a deeper connection with them.  

With deeper connection we create opportunities to talk, to laugh & to be seen experiencing joy, which is so important!

Love, Stacey