Happy Home Edders


Animal bags!
April 7, 2012, 10:41 am
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I know these might look a bit ghetto, but the paper bag animals are perfect for toddlers. Ignore the pink and yellow bunnies. They are hellish! Trust me.

Our new local library is great. They have weekly song and story times, and unlike the libraries of my youth, kids are encouraged to explore, talk loudly, and have fun.

This past Thursday story time was replaced by crafts – we aren’t Christian, so Easter isn’t particularly on our radar, but then I suspect these bunny crafts also probably do not frequent church alters.

You need a small paper bag, some newspaper, crayons, glue, a bit of coloured card or paper, and cotton for a tail.

Colour your animal face. Stuff it with crumpled newspaper (bonus time if your kids elect to chop up the newspaper with their beloved scissors first!) and glue shut. Stick on ears, feet, and tail.

These were actually super fun and the kids could do most of it on their own. We will definitely be making more animals soon!

Red elected to stuff his bunny with a cardboard tray – totally confident it would work – and he was right. He was so proud of this bunny he carried it everywhere and it even went in our shopping trolley afterward! Yellow was more concerned with using the colour yellow as much as possible! She seems more interested in making things, while he seems more interested in the end product.

Either way is great because both are simple, fun, and cute with this great little craft!

(As an aside, you can also use libraries to check out books. Who knew? Both kids got their very first library cards this week. I can’t believe they are this old! They navigate the book check out machines like old pros. Sniff/beam.)



Moving house….
March 31, 2012, 2:38 pm
Filed under: explore, junk art, reading

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Sorry for the lack of posts. We moved house about a week ago and are still far from being settled! We also are still awaiting the holy internet to be set up, and posting from my phone isn’t great.

But what a busy week! The zoo, checking out our local library and storytime, a farm, shops, time with family, loads of time in our new garden (secured all the way around! No more escapees!), etc. We have also done a lot of art – castle making today’s main attraction.

Yellow also read her first word today- ASDA. My fabulous wife thinks a factoid like that might mean we are slightly trashy. She may be right.

Also, I think my little pal Orange may now be referred to as Red, as his favourite colour seems to have switched! New crocs are on the way in their respective favourite colours…..the boiling hot weather sort of demands kicky, bright, waterproof footwear.

ASDA, crocs, yes….we are a family of high aspirations. And proud of it!