This is not about a wedding, but about my 6yr old’s habitat diorama that she had to make for class. As soon as she returned from school that day we were all told to sit down while she educated us about habitats, environment, animals and what their babies are called. We couldn’t move from that couch. Her accusing eyes followed me as I tried to text my friend on the phone. My 9 yr old tried to grab a snack but was reprimanded.
“It is rude to not listen when someone is talking.Sit down.”
My son was more successful, he just put his Beats on his head!
So after I was told what a habitat was, she and her sister sat down and made a list of items we needed for the diorama:
1. New Shoes because we need a Shoebox (Mom, it can’t be pink because you know giraffes are not like My Little Pony – they are real) Oh! And I thought Twilight Sparkle was real.
4. Kool Aid
5. Flavoured Water for our pond I think my Giraffe will like lemon
6. Ice Cream
I step in to ‘monitor’ the list. I ask why do you need cookies? Do giraffes eat cookies?
“No Mom, if I have to build a whole habitat I will get tired and hungry and thirsty.”
We manage to move beyond the list, and I find an old shoebox and some paints to get her and her sister started. The project is not due till next next week, but we MUST start NOW or else the sky will fall on my head…
“Haadia, let’s start I have the supplies. Where are you?”
“Mom, I am asking Siri how to build a habitat.”
Amazing, Siri has now replaced me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! iFume, iHuff, iPuff…but Siri rules. Wait till she needs lunch humph!
Here are our stages of habitat building…
Do not forget to notice the cookies…
Next Siri has informed us we must print a rock face and a lion just like ‘The Lion King’ because in the grasslands of Africa you must have a king.
“Mom, grasslands must have grass, Siri didn’t tell me that.”
Ahhh, finally something Siri doesn’t know, so we Google how to make grass from construction paper. Her sister helps her, and while we are at it we do clouds, and trees and leaves. Yes, the rock face is upside down and the lion is enormous, but she did it all herself so it is even more beautiful. The concept of things receding as they get further seems to have eluded her.
Next, we go thru our stash of play doh, we have egg plant purple, barf green, and pee yellow. My 9 yr old who has just learned about mixing colours embarks on trying to get pristine clear blue by mixing these. The result is an indescribable goo…
To the rescue our friends who we learn Islamic History with once a week, they have more trees, and a pond and rocks…in fact a whole diorama. And the best part we can have it. So we borrow components, to make our something new, something old, something borrowed and something blue habitat diorama for a giraffe form the grasslands of Africa that we bought from a toy store in Dubai, UAE and flew to Karachi, Pakistan on our flight home in 2009, and got shipped to Winnipeg. Who knew what an exciting journey this giraffe was destined for.
So if you ever need to make a habitat for your first grader…make sure you have cookies, Siri and friends who will give you their pond…I love Winnipeg.
Now to go hunting in the grasslands of Africa…