It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Here Be Dragons

We’ve been reading “The Egg”, by M.P. Robertson, a nice little story, beautifully illustrated, about a small boy who finds an egg in his mother’s chicken coop (shades of “The Enormous Egg”), and does his little-boy best to raise the dragon that hatches from it.

It’s a favourite, needing to be read at least daily, very often more. We’ve had dragon chases inspired by this book, and done lots of hatching, flying, and roaring, too.
So when I discovered a pile of green foam sheets left over from Christmas crafts, I had the perfect use for them. Add some glitter, some star-shaped confetti, some fingerpaints and pipe cleaners…

And voila! Five ferocious, fire-breathing (see the red pipe cleaners at the mouths) dragons!


February 10, 2006 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Great, a picture of almost all of the Cast of Characters at once!

    Comment by jw | February 10, 2006 | Reply

  2. From left to right:
    The inimitable Arthur (green overalls);
    George (BLUE shirt);
    Darcy (rear, right);
    Zach (red/blue particoloured jacket);
    Mia (with the pink only as an accent!!)

    Comment by Mary P. | February 10, 2006 | Reply

  3. I love these maskes! My son is very into “projects”, and would be thrilled with this. I think it’s time to head to the craft store!

    Comment by Andie D. | February 10, 2006 | Reply

  4. What fun! My son enjoys being a “knight” but creating a dragon might be just as fun as pretending to slay one!

    Comment by LoryKC | February 10, 2006 | Reply

  5. After trying to take a picture of my kids for Valentine’s gifts last night, I’m impressed that you could get 5 of them to put their mask on and stand still long enough for you to get a picture.

    Comment by M&Co. | February 10, 2006 | Reply

  6. Oh dragons! We don’t blow noses at our house… we pretend we are dragons & blow fire out our noses. (A testament to the fact that my son watches Shrek too much but it does work.) He also points to the W-agon in his picture book and says, “Rroawrrr.” Call Mensa.

    Comment by Homestead | February 10, 2006 | Reply

  7. Cool a book recommendation and craft project all in one. B would really enjoy this, and I too am impressed that they are all standing still long enough for you to get a picture!

    Comment by Angela | February 10, 2006 | Reply

  8. Andie: I was going to direct you to some pictures of a project Emma did with them a couple of weeks ago, and then realized I never did post them here! Do your clementine oranges come in small wooden crates? You can make one into a garage for small trucks!!

    Lory: We’ve been knights, and we’ve been dragons, and…well, I don’t know which is better!

    M&co: Do they look like they’re sitting still? I’m a better photographer than I realized!

    Homestead: “Call Mensa.” You always make me laugh. Blowing fire out your nose! That’s BRILLIANT! Maybe that’s the way to get George to produce a solid, nose-clearing honk, rather than the sissy little puffs he does now that just kinda rearrange the snot without actually ejecting any.

    Angela: Books are such a great source of craft and play activities. We do this sort of thing a lot.

    As for the sitting still? They weren’t! How I love the digital camera for its ability to preview a gazillion shots to get the one semi-decent one!

    Comment by Mary P. | February 10, 2006 | Reply

  9. Great photo!

    So wonderful to finally see them all…well sorta see them! How very crafty of you Miss Mary P!

    Comment by kimmyk | February 10, 2006 | Reply

  10. Hi Children!!! Good to see you!!!

    Comment by Queen Bee | February 11, 2006 | Reply

  11. Kimmyk: Crafty to make the masks, or crafty to take a picture that disguises them so well? I am indeed, crafty. Thank you, Miss Kimmy K. 🙂

    QBee: They all say hello, too!

    Comment by Mary P. | February 11, 2006 | Reply

  12. That’s a mighty ferocious weyr of dragons you have there. Shaking in my shoes as we speak. Please ask them nicely not to breathe fire in our direction – we’re a bit prone to bushfires at the moment. O_O!

    Comment by chosha | February 13, 2006 | Reply

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