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.)

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Experiencing the world at its bumpiest, noisiest, and quickest!
April 6, 2012, 6:17 pm
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The right tools for the job.
March 12, 2012, 7:52 pm
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Ah, tools. Such a good thing to explore, because you’ve got the tool itself – and the way it impacts on objects around it.

We spent a good chunk of time this morning playing with scissors (one pair dull, one sharp) and big, crumpled sheets of packing paper. Some paper wet, some dry.

Yesterday in a charity shop we saw an old fashioned sewing machine – wooden base, metal body. It ran by turning a crank on the side. I suspect Orange would have stayed with it all day.

And Yellow? Her most loved tools over the past month are those in her doctor bag. She’s got the mini plastic implements, but also real syringes and medication spoons. Hopefully my mom will be giving us a real stethoscope this summer (she’s a nurse).

We also like peelers (spent aaaages with apples after lunch. They each ate three!), tape, cardboard rolls, knives (making sandwiches, cutting food, etc)….just about anything, actually.

What are your favorite tools to explore?