More Fun with the Peanut Gallery

So, day three of reef construction: our first school of fish.


Question. How many tiny fish can you cut out of one piece of orange construction paper? Answer. 52. Yeah. I think I need to buy a roll of double-sided tape. That would really make this whole endeavor easier, especially as we add more and more fish. Max has started asking for a blue whale; I need to see if I can convince him that they don’t inhabit reefs. I think it’s going to be a tough sale.

In other news, what do you do when the kids get antsy?


Why, haul out a cardboard box, of course. My mom used to make the best cardboard box creations, from mazes to forts to whatever you call it when you cut out a hole for a face and draw something on the outside.

That's a humpback whale.

We took a trip to the Arts and Crafts store for some tempera paint and big brushes, and one painting blowout in the driveway (plus some drying time) later, we had something really fun.

Trapdoor in the top!

They had so much fun painting….obviously I did the crab and the whale, but those kids were not afraid to get their brushes dirty. (Only their fingers.)

Humpback whales are mammals.

We even made up a little song about the crab that Max thought was hilarious and Charlie thought was irritating. Charlie has to be in a specific mood to enjoy my singing, and apparently pretending to be a crab doesn’t cut it.

Pinch, pinch, pinch!

“Noooo, Mommy, stop singing.” 😛


  1. Bezzie says:

    So you’re saying your singing was making him crabby? Haha! Sorry couldn’t resist. The boys definitely got the crafty gene from you! Hooray!

  2. Abi says:

    Wow! You are an amazing artist too! Love the cardboard cutouts. I should totally do this with my kiddies. They love to paint.

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