I feel lucky and blessed to live in Canada for many reasons. Today that reason is because I have my job guaranteed for a year after having a baby. I gave birth to our third Treble boy on December 31, 2012 and now I get a whole calendar year at home with my boys to witness their growth, tantrums, fights, and stages. I love my boys dearly but some days are easier than others.
My older boys, ages 2 and 3, have spent the last 5 months at an amazing daycare where they followed a schedule where they did physical activities, crafts, free play, outdoor play, singing, finger plays, you name it; they’ve done it! I LOVED their daycare but couldn’t fathom paying almost $1400/month for daycare we weren’t going to use full time and while I was at home so we reluctantly withdrew the boys from daycare. Attending the daycare has made for amazing growth in my boys but now they also expect the routine. Days when we have no routine at home make for torturous behavior from my older boys so I’ve decided to roughly follow a routine most days.
A few weeks ago we went to a friend’s son’s 4th birthday party where the kids turned on a movie, The Lorax. My oldest son loved the movie so much that we borrowed it for a couple weeks. I’m not sure how many times he watched that movie before we returned it but it was a LOT! Anyway, he asked repeatedly to make “real trees like the Lorax”. After some internet searching I saw that the trees were called Truffela Trees. My initial idea was to use paper straws and pom poms. I found some pins on Pinterest that used cotton candy, marabou boas, and yarn but I decided to go with my gut. Here are our Truffela Trees.
The boys chose the pom poms they wanted, I dunked the ends of the straws in high tack craft glue, and we both held the pom poms in place for about 30 seconds while the glue permated the pom pom and held onto it. Then I inverted a small paper plate and cut little X shapes in it to hold the trees. Ta da!