We Don’t Eat Our Classmates is Blake’s favorite new back to school book. Thanks to Disney Book Group for sponsoring this post! #WeDontEatOurClassmates
This week Blake started his final year of preschool. Which means that next year at this time, I’ll be walking him into kindergarten. Cue the tears of a mom thinking about her last baby growing up. The past few months have brought lots of exciting growth in Blake with regards to his speech, his understanding of feelings, and his ability to express them verbally
Now, we’re working on empathy and the concept of treating others as you’d like to be treated. Quite possibly one of the most important lessons our tiny humans can learn. And if that lesson comes packaged as a hilarious book that makes everyone’s laugh lines and nose wrinkles come out, then my work as a parent just got easier. Meet Blake’s new favorite book, We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins.
We’ve read it at least 30 times in the past couple of weeks and he only gets more excited about the story as time goes on. We Don’t Eat Our Classmates is a story about starting school from the perspective of a loveable dinosaur named Penelope who is very much like your average preschooler or kindergartener about to start school – excited, curious, and maybe a bit nervous.
Penelope can’t wait to make friends with her class full of human children, but they’re a bit irresistable to her because children are tasty. Blake’s favorite part of the book is when Penelope is trying to catch her classmates coming off the slide…with her mouth. Mine is when she saves a fellow classmate a spot at the lunch table, conveniently located on her plate. As you can imagine, that doesn’t bode well with her classmates or teacher.
Not that long (and perfect for bedtime) story short, Penelope gets a dose of how it feels to have someone want to snack on you and quickly changes her ways, leading to lots of friendships and fun with her classmates. We Don’t Eat Our Classmates got Blake very excited about school and feels like the perfect book for a child who might have hesitations as they work through the complexities of friendships.
While watching Kayla gather her school supplies, Blake naturally wanted his own. So I made this DIY Hungry Dinosaur Pencil Case that eats basic supplies like crayons, pencils, and safety scissors instead of classmates. Blake was ecstatic. He also quickly discovered his new pencil case also has the ability to make him look like a dinosaur under the right conditions.
If you read We Don’t Eat Our Classmates and wind up with a Penelope lover on your hands, you can make a hungry dinosaur pencil case of your own that eats school supplies rather than classmates.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A pencil case (I found mine in the school supply section at Target)
- Googly eyes
- Hot glue
- Sticker paper or craft vinyl if you have a cutting machine
- My cut file that can be used to cut out vinyl or printed to create a template for your sticker paper
Here’s what you’ll need to do:
- Adjust the print or cut size to match the size of your pencil case. You can do this under printer settings by changing the scale or in your cutting machine software.
- Cut out the teeth and nostrils on your sticker paper or with a cutting machine if you have one.
- Apply the teeth to give your dinosaur a toothy grin.
- Hot glue on the googly eyes closer to the center of the face, but leaving a decent gap between eyes.
- Align your nostrils as you see fit. It’s amazing how nostril placement changes the look.
- Fill your pencil case with supplies and hand it over to your now probably very excited dinosaur loving child. That’s it!
Want to make my DIY Hungry Dinosaur Pencil Case but not quite ready? You can save this idea by pinning the image below.