Story time just got a promotion. With these 5 ideas for living your life like a story, you can read up (and in some cases eat up, too) and then act out one of your favorite kid’s books. Scroll down for our ideas to spark your creativity and have some lit-loving fun.


Dragons Love Tacos

Okay, so dragons love tacos but be careful. Author Adam Rubin and illustrator Daniel Salmieri know what really happens if they eat spicy salsa, and they are warning you: NO spicy salsa. Grab some tacos for lunch or dinner from  your favorite local taqueria or whip up a batch using one of these 18 awesome taco recipes. If you want to go all the way, make a sign that says Taco Party. You can even build a house of LEGOs or Lincoln Logs that gets “burned” down with salsa-breath. Then rebuild it!

crayons-ryan via flickrphoto: ryan via flickr 

Red, A Crayon’s Story

The lead character in Michael Hall’s beautiful illustrated book is a blue crayon everyone has labeled Red. Have your kiddo dress up in one solid color, but call him by the opposite name. Example, his name is Green, so dress your kiddo in all black. Then give him a black crayon and have him draw all the green things, like a green frog, green grass, etc. but using black. Next take a walk around your home or neighborhood looking for things that are the colors you identified (black and green, yellow and purple, etc.). You can also try some of these activities for other crayon-themed books. 

baby in bath with bubblephoto: pimkie via flickr 

The Pigeon Needs a Bath

Parents with bath-stallers are already familiar with the plot of this book by Mo Willems. Just read it out loud with them, then get them ready for a bath. Have them test it to make sure it’s not too hot, too cold or too reflective.

kidspace-butterfly-releasephoto: kidspace

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

This one has an added bonus of getting them to eat some leafy greens! Have the kiddos act this one out as you read from Eric Carle’s classic. Start on a leaf (a green blanket or cushion will do) and have them curled up like a little egg. Turn the lights off and shine the light of the moon on them using a flashlight. If you can, offer a few of the snacks the caterpillar eats—we mean the strawberries and blueberries, not the chocolate cake. Have the kiddos pretend to grow and get big. Then wrap them up in a “cocoon” and let them rest. If you’ve got butterfly wings, pop ‘em on and turn them into beautiful butterflies. You can take it further by making a paper butterfly craft and visiting a local botanical garden to learn more about butterfly-

Fireflies and Mudpies Paper Airplanephoto: Fireflies and Mud Pies 

A Day at the Airport

If you live a hop, skip or jump from an airport, you can read this book right there on site. While you can’t get past the gates without a ticket, your local airport likely has plenty of spots ot view planes take off and identify the many things in this detailed Richard Scarry book. If going to the airport isn’t practical, pack a suitcase at home and recreate it with toys in your living room, or try one of these high-flyin’ airplane crafts. We especially love the pizza box airport. 

What’s your favorite book to act out? Share it with us in the comments below. 

—Amber Guetebier