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Dragons Rescue Riders Now on Netflix!
Today DreamWorks Animation just released season 1 of a brand new show on Netflix: Dragons Rescue Riders! The Netflix original series is inspired by the Academy Award-nominated How to Train Your Dragon films. We were able to watch some of season 1 a little early, and let me tell you Amelia already loves it! My husband and I love How to Train Your Dragon, and of course like all other 4-year-olds Amelia loves anything with dragons, so this show is perfect for our household!
The show is set in the same universe as the films, but we are introduced to new characters, twin siblings Dak and Leyla who because they were raised by dragons, have the unique ability to communicate with them. Dak and Leyla lead a team of young dragons named Winger, Summer, Cutter and Burple. For the series’ debut, Amelia had her best friend over (they practically are like twins, almost born on the same day!) and they had a Dragons Rescue Riders-themed party! For the two girls to wear at the party, I did a DIY no sew dragon tail craft that were super affordable and easy to make!
DIY No Sew Dragon Tail
Materials You Need for each tail:
- 2 pieces of 12×18 stiff felt in the same color
- 1 piece of 12×18 stiff felt in a different color
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Plush stuffing (polyester fiber fill)
- Using the pieces of felt that match in color, draw a pennant shape with your marker, using a ruler to make sure it’s even. Draw this on the piece of felt diagonally so it’s as large as possible. Do this on both pieces.
- Using the empty space on one of these pieces of felt, use a cereal bowl to trace a circle.
- On the third piece of felt that’s a different color, draw a zig zag for dragon tail spikes that’s the same length as the pennant shape (the ruler will come in handy for this). Also draw a rectangle on the third piece of felt that is the same length (this will be used for the straps for your dragon tails).
- Cut out all of your shapes!
- Time to glue your tail! Glue one long edge of your pink pennant shapes together. Then glue the red spikes along the other open long edge of your pink pennant. Then close it up by gluing the opposite pink pennant to the red spikes, leaving the shortest edge of the pennants open and unglued.
- Insert the stuffing into the tail through the open hole. You may find it handy to use a wooden spoon or dowling to get the stuffing all the way down to the tip.
- Glue the strips into place on either side of the inside of the tail.
- Place the circle cutout into the open hole of the tail, covering it completely. You may have to trim down a little for the correct size. Once it’s in place, glue all around the edges, securing it to the panels.
- Once the glue has dried, measure the straps on your child and make marks for where to place the Velcro strips. Then glue the Velcro strips to the straps, again making note of how they overlap and connect. It may be a good idea to use a long strip of Velcro, to allow some adjustability.
- Trim any excess length from the straps. And there you have it! Your very own DIY no sew dragon tail!
Time for your Dragon Party!
Now that you have the perfect DIY no sew dragon tail, it’s time to put together your Dragons Rescue Riders themed party! I got a tablecloth, plates, napkins, and balloons that went with the colors of the Dak and Leyla’s dragons that they go on adventures with! My husband also drew one of the dragons, as well as the name of a show on a chalkboard to tie it all together. Now that I had the color palette down, it’s of course time to add some themed treats! We had these adorable Dak and Leyla sugar cookies, and the most epic Dragons Rescue Riders cake! Which was of course a BIG hit when I surprised by daughter with it:
Once Amelia’s best friend arrived, the girls were running around with their dragon tails! As an activity before starting the show and for them to express their creativity I had some fabric markers for the girls to add on any decor they like to their dragon tails!
After enjoying some treats, decorating their tails, and running…well I should say “flying” around the house they enjoyed some of the episodes of the Netflix original DreamWorks Animation series Dragons Rescue Riders!
It was the perfect way to celebrate friendship, and for the girls to have fun enjoying one of their favorite things in the world: dragons! Dragons Rescue Riders season 1 is now streaming on Netflix: