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Winnie the Pooh Day

Friday, January 17th, 2014

I am all about getting my kids interested in the characters and movies of my youth…Annie, Mary Poppins, Charlie Brown and the beloved little orange bear with the soft voice named Winnie the Pooh. Tomorrow is A.A. Milne’s birthday, Winnie’s creator, (January 18th is officially Winnie the Pooh Day) so let’s take a moment to celebrate a man who made it okay to talk to stuffed animals. The characters from the book—Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, Kanga, and Roo—were the real life lovies of Milne’s real life son, Christopher Robin. Interested in celebrating Winnie or introducing your child to Winnie and his friends?  Here are a 5 ways…

1. Read a classic Winnie tale. To introduce the youngest set to Pooh, try starting with Winnie-the-Pooh ABC. For ages 7 and up, tackle a classic story book like The House at Pooh Corner. Play up the different voices so your kids really get into it.

2. Make a recipe from the Winnie the Pooh Cookbook. Whip up delicious recipes like Apricot Honey Bread or Popovers for Piglet.  

3. Imagine with your kids what their house in the woods would be. All of the characters live in tree trunks except for Tigger and Owl, so where would your little ones live? In a splatter-painted treehouse? Under a canopy of leaves and flowers? At the end of a long branch? Draw pictures and then explore your backyard for where you would build your Hundred Acre Woods home.

4. Watch a Winnie the Pooh DVD. Take the theme one step further by serving popcorn in one of these free printable boxes and wearing a headband with the ears of your favorite characters. Free adorable downloads from Merriment Design.

5. Make a cute Winnie the Pooh craft with simple materials and a paper plate. Found via Surf & Sunshine.

Winnie the Pooh is not only enjoyable for young children, but we adults might learn a few lessons, thoughts, or morals from him too.

“I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.” 
― A.A. MilneWinnie-the-Pooh

Case in point. (More wise quotes can be found here.)

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Gorgeous DIY Book Covers

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Image of Houses Seamless Pattern via Shutterstock

Now that back-to-school season is on the horizon, it is time to think about all of the ways kids can make their upcoming school year as bright and fun as possible.  Covering text books with whimsical, charming, or even funny patterns can turn your kids’ backpacks into mini art galleries.  This kind of personalization can help older kids feel more connected to their school experience.

I found the above seamless, repeating house pattern on Shutterstock, and I instantly felt like my eyes could hang out in this colorful neighborhood for days!   Seamless patterns are perfect for book covers because you don’t have to worry about centering images –  it is like wallpaper for your books!

Mustaches, because they are all the rage right now:

Image of Art Deco Mustache Seamless Pattern via Shutterstock

And, hot air balloons — to remind us of grand possibilities:

Image of Retro Hot Air Balloon via Shutterstock

Visit here and here for two fabulous DIY book covering tutorials.

Searching for your favorite images can lead to hours of fun! A nice rainy afternoon activity, perhaps?

Enjoy!

-Emily

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