Posts Tagged ‘printables’

Just Add More Kids

May 22nd, 2011 by zoe No Comments

There are always new tricks to learn in the long distance marathon of parenting.  This Spring my kids have reached an age where they don’t always need or want me to play in their games.  Some days they really do LIKE each other, which frankly blows my happy meter into overdrive.  I learned something marvelous recently,  “just add more kids” and they will all run, jump, sing together for hours completely uninterested in adults whatsoever. Yes, we have finally reached the fabulous stage of cooperative play. Can you say hooray, hooray!  So try it out, if you don’t know this top-secret parenting trick already, borrow other people’s children for the day and grab yourself a copy of Vanity Fair, have an extra coffee, sit back and listen to the sweet sounds of fun. 

Hope your aliens are enjoying the Spring flowers as much as we are.

Click and print to color your own.

Love in the Mailbox

May 16th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

I guess it really is true, mail has gone out of style. I miss it. Yes, I guess email is more “environmental” but I have letters from dear friends that I have kept for over a decade, I can’t say it’s very often you save an email!   I miss the idea that the journey to the mailbox would turn up treasure rather than a snack of BILLS and JUNK.  Kids  love the mailbox!  My little dudes will carry a card they received in the mail around for days, to them snail mail is pure treasure. Just today they received the sweetest love note from their little buddy.  Making and sending little cards to special friends is a great way to bring some beauty and thoughtfulness back to the mailbox.

Click image, save to file and print -

Please have fun making your own funky little Captain Crafty cards.

unlikely friends

May 7th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

This week a fox stopped by the house for a mid morning snack. We had 10 chickens… and then there were 7.  For us it is a fact of life, out in the woods there are real wild animals who think our plump chickens are a perfect snack.

Still, I wish it was more like this!Here is a sweet little fox with his feathered friends  to color, just click the photo and print.



Robots and toast

May 6th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

As kids, my sister and I would come home from school ready for a snack. We would undoubtably whine at my mother – “MOM, what can I have as a SNNNaaaackkkk!”, and she would always sweetly reply, “Well, there’s toast”. Now that I am a mother I can look back at her response and be thankful that she was always calm and helpful. We were so lucky in that way, our Mom was always nice to us.  The part that we kids found endlessly frustrating was that the answer was always the same, TOAST!  But the hilarious part is that we kids would STILL ask the question, as if we were forever holding on to the idea our mom might suddenly have a cupboard filled with crazy junk food snacks waiting for us. Not!

My sister was always so much smarter than I, by the time she was 7 she was an excellent chef, I on the other hand just continued to eat toast.  Yum, toast!Robot Paper Dolls to color and make you toast!  Click photo and print.

A Good Romp in the Woods

May 4th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

Things are slowly starting to green and unfurl. Bits of color are sparking here and there but overall we have yet to reach the full flush of spring up here in the mountains. In these parts skunk cabbage and fiddle heads are the first to announces themselves, signaling the warmer weather ahead.  But looking out over the garden gate it’s still hard to believe, come July, the hillside will be covered in tasty wild blueberries.  Out beyond that blue fence past our blueberry hill lies the big woods.  Those woods are our summer playground.  Where we walk, muck about in the stream, bike, and  – make fairy houses.

I think these little elves are on their way to our wee woodland house right now. I hope they enjoy the fiddle heads we left for them.

Television and kids

May 2nd, 2011 by zoe No Comments

In my Mommy dream world my kids never watch television.  Enter reality. Sometimes I really can’t manage two screaming kids while cooking dinner, sometimes I need to take a shower, sometimes I have spent the entire day being super mommy and I need a moment to myself.   BUT the sad reality is that there seems to be an evil backlash  – TV addiction.  Unfortunately, the little people in my house don’t watch their short snippet of TV and merrily go on their way, oh no, they want MORE and MORE of it.  My boys follow me around with an agitated soul expressing their undying need to watch MORE and MORE.  It becomes yet another battle in the day. The whiney “when can I watch TV” question comes up so frequently that I wish I had the physical and mental strength to hurl the damn television into the stratosphere.  I can imagine it now floating peacefully in space bonking against asteroids.  If only I had real super powers, I would never need to “plug the kids” in and I could be the Mother I had always imagined.  If only!

If you love/hate your television here is a coloring page for you to enjoy!

Right click,save to a file and print it for Captain Crafty coloring fun.