May 27, 2010

Purebred Pups


Like our new pooches? They're cute, they're cuddly, and I guarantee they won't pee on the carpet. I found this craft on TLC's website and printed off the directions for E and I to tackle together. Pom poms do not like to be glued, particularly to pipe cleaners, so this was a bit of a frustrating activity for my 5 year old perfectionist. Still, we managed to create two adorable doggies - Princess the Poodle and Dinky the Dachshund - which, while too fragile to be played with, look awfully cute on our bookshelf.

(I would recommend if you decide to make the poodle, to make the legs a little longer than the directions suggestion, and bend them at the end to form the feet. Then just glue the ankle puff on top of the bend. This has got to be more successful than trying to glue three tiny fuzzy pieces together.)


The Perfect Puppy for Me by Jane O'Connor

The Perfect Puppy for MeI like books that squeeze a lot of non-fiction into a fictional story. The Perfect Puppy for Me teaches your children about several different breeds of dogs (including poodles and dachshunds): their unique temperaments, needs, and talents. It also incorporates general doggy knowledge, such as how to read a dog's mood based on the position of its tail, the scientific name for dogs, and what foods you should never feed a dog.

The underlying story is that of a boy whose parents have promised him a dog. In an attempt to find the right dog for him, he tells about all the different dogs he knows, what breed they are, and what they're like. This is an excellent book for kindergarteners and up to learn all about dog breeds in an informal and practical way. I love that the book is able to be so thorough without being dry or boring. It has one major flaw, however, and that is leaving out my dog's breed!


A face like that deserves a mention in any dog book! (He's a havanese, which really was the perfect dog for me.)


I'm linking up to:
- stART @ A  Mommy's Adventure

15 comments:

  1. What adorable puppies! All three of them!

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  2. Maybe a hot glue gun would work better? Of course I'm not sure if that's such a great idea with a five year old. hahah...

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  3. What a cute craft, I think a hot glue gun would have made it a little easier too, but I guess it would have made it a totally Mommy project then :0)

    Thank you for linking up and sharing this cute idea for stART!!

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  4. Note to self, don't let my daughter see this, or I'll be making endless dogs....
    And that puppy is SOOOOOOOOOO adorable.

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  5. Too cute! Do they have any kitty crafts?

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  6. I like books that squeeze a lot of non-fiction into a fictional story, too. I love Havanese.

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  7. What a beautiful craft even though it's too involved for an inept craft maker like myself. Maybe when Anna is older, she is ambitious enough to try it :) The book looks very interesting too!

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  8. Aw those are so cute, I'm impressed by her skills! We have a little mutt so I would never find her breed in any books but we have found a few dogs that look like her in books before.

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  9. The craft is awesmome! What great job.

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  10. Wow! You make some "mean" pom poms. They look simply perfect! Mine never looked like that!!! ;-) cant wait for my two to be old enough for pom pom making!

    Love the book. Red Ted loves "doggies", so I am sure he would enjoy it!!

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  11. Those dogs are awesome! And I agree for some reason pipe cleaners just don't like glue and neither do pom poms.

    I just adore your profile pic! Dropping by via stART!

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  12. I can imagine my daughter wouldn't have the patience to make the pom pom figures but yours are splendid! Sounds like a perfect dog book, too.

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  13. I happen to have a five year old perfectionist too! I feel your pain. I love the dogs you made though - super cute. I definitely have to request this book from the library. WE are dog lovers and my five year old may love dogs the most in our house! I hope our dog's breed is in the book.

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