It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Necessity being the Mother of Invention…

“Mary, can you fix my bear?”
“You want him in the blanket?”
“Yes.”
“Yes, please.”
“Yes, please.”
“Okay, lovie. Here you go.” I hand the child a deftly-swaddled teddy. (Years of practice.)

Children two, three, and four like the look of that, so in short order there are four bears swaddled in four blankets carried by four toddlers in my living room. It is nothing short of adorable. Times four.

“Mary, can you fix my bear?”
“Did his blanket fall off already? Okay, love.”

“Mary, can you fix my bear?”
“That didn’t take long, did it? Here, I’ll make it tighter this time.”

“Mary, can you fix my bear?”
“Mary, can you fix my bear?”
“Mary, can you fix my bear?”

“Mary?”
“Mary?”
“Mary?”
“Mary?”
“Mary?”

Okay. This HAS to stop. I am beyond bored. I could just consign the bears to the toybox, but that would be unkind, they’re having so much fun. I could take away the blankets. That would be simple enough. Or …

Inspiration is fun sometimes, you know?

“Hey, you guys! I want to show you something. You go sit on that bench.”
“Why?”
“It’s a surprise. I will show you. Way you go.”

Four tots watch expectantly as I haul my sewing machine out from the kitchen cabinet. (Yes, kitchen cabinet. If this house extended to the luxury of a whole room dedicated to crafts, I would not consistently refer to it as “small”.) Set it on the dining room table.

Take a pink flannelette sheet which has been modified to fit the nap cots for the older children. Fold it in half, width-wise, and in half again. Cut it along the folds to create four pink rectangles. The children, safe on their side of the wide dining table, are all mesmerized. Fold each rectangle in half to form a near-perfect square.

THEN sit at the sewing machine and drill one seam after another, until …

I make four bags. Four pink, flannelette bags. Total time elapsed? Twelve minutes. What have I created? Sleeping bags! Sleeping bags for teddy bears! Sleeping bags which the tots can put the bears into BY THEMSELVES. Bags which stay on a whole lot better than blankets. Not that that really matters, because the kids can get the bear back into the bag BY THEMSELVES.

BY THEMSELVES!

It’s all about In-dee-pen-dence, Baby!!

bearinbag.jpg

I think she likes it!

February 12, 2008 Posted by | crafts, daycare | 13 Comments