Tuesday, July 10, 2012

July Carnival of Natural Parenting: It's a trap!


Welcome to the July 2012 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Family Creations

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared crafts, recipes, and philosophies of creativity. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.




Mikko got really interested in traps, and he and Sam devised several over a period of months. I was generally the one being trapped.

trap plans on magnadoodle

Mikko plans out his traps in advance and demands blueprints, sometimes on hard copy, sometimes on a sketcher. Mikko starts out with grand ideas like digging a pit, not caring that a second-floor condo is not the ideal place to dig a pit. Sam then reins him in, and they settle on something manageable.

trap set with baby carrier with boys hiding

This trap is made with our no-sew fleece baby carrier, proving things I make can have multiple nefarious purposes.

trap set with bait of jell-o, chocolate chips, zucchini muffins

The bait: Jell-O, chocolate chips, and zucchini muffins. There was some cooking beforehand as Mikko instructed Sam in just what would appeal to Mama.

boys hatching a trap

They hide on the stairs, where I totally do not see them. Not even to take this picture.

trapped mama

Aaa! It worked! They released the net, and I am totally ensnared.



baby as bait in trap

The next trap cleverly uses my own maternal instinct against me. The toys are to keep (then six-month-old) Alrik in place, and then I'm supposed to go in after him.

trap pushing the yardstick

This time they used my rolled cozy throw blanket as the trap door. I should stop sewing things they can use against me! The trap was triggered remotely with a sophisticated yardstick mechanism. I love the unschooling aspects of working out the functionality of a trap, as well as choosing the most appealing baits.

blanket trap caught mama and baby

Wow, I sure am gullible!

baby and mama caught in trap

Alrik's not sure what to make of being used as bait.

What interesting creations have your children directed?



Carnival of Natural Parenting -- Hobo Mama and Code Name: MamaVisit Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama to find out how you can participate in the next Carnival of Natural Parenting!

Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:

  • Garden Soup — Bailey finds a way to help momma Katy (from Muse of a Daffodil) in the garden.
  • This One Time, I Tried To Make a Car — Ashley at Domestic Chaos tries once again to make something crafty from stuff around the house.
  • Pin-tastic creative ideas — Lucy at Dreaming Aloud shares how Pinterest is inspiring creativity in her family this summer.
  • Baby Hiccups In The Womb — Alinka at Baby Web shares one of the ways she bonds with her unborn baby.
  • Turtle Mosaics — Lyndsay at ourfeminist{play}school and her little family spend a quiet hour making a turtle mosaic inspired by the work of Melanie Mikecz.
  • Edible Art Plus 8 Art Supply Recipes — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama shares some natural, chemical-free art supply alternatives, which are gauranteed to be tons of fun for children of all ages. They taste great too!
  • A surprise art lesson — Tat at Mum in search has been taking art lessons from her 5-year-old son.
  • Memory Creation — Laura from Pug in the Kitchen talks about how her family aims to create as many memories as they can as a family.
  • A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words — Melissa at Momma Beer tries to replace cars with crafts.
  • My Creative Family: Sometimes Messy, Always Fun — Emily at S.A.H.M i AM embraces the messes that sometimes accompany creative play but admits you don't always have to get dirty to have fun.
  • Fun Family Learning: Constellation Cave Tutorial — Abbie at Farmer's Daughter gives step-by-step instructions for building a fun new twist on a cardboard box playhouse.
  • Cooking... Kind Of — ANonyMous at Radical Ramblings makes pizza with her daughter, hoping to inspire a love of cooking and encourage a bigger interest in food. As well as making mess and having lots of fun, of course!
  • Crockpot Refried BeansThat Mama Gretchen's family loves to experiment with new recipes, and today she's sharing a kitchen success!
  • Creating Memories — Andrea at Tales of Goodness reflects on how the best creations can emerge from just letting kids be kids.
  • Making Beautiful Things ... And Sometimes Just Average-Looking Ones — Tamara at Tea for Three looks for ways to add more craft and creativity into every day family life.
  • Making Fruit Leather Together — When Amy Willa at Me, Mothering, and Making it All Work took some time to involve her children in the process of finally trying a fruit leather recipe stored on her Pinterest food board, she got more than just a scrumptious homemade snack as a result!
  • Making Glasses from Children's Art — Mandy at Living Peacefuly with Children used her children's artwork to make some very special glasses for her husband for Father's Day.
  • Preparing Family Meals Together — Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now shares how she started the tradition of creating meals together with her children, which makes family gatherings more fun.
  • It's a trap! — Lauren at Hobo Mama shares the innovative snares her son and husband have set for her.
  • How To Make The Most Of A Very Wet Summer — Luschka at Diary of a First Child shows us the first few weeks of the Summer Camp At Home project for keeping boredom at bay.
  • Creating with... well, what do we have? — If necessity is the mother of invention, Momma Jorje thinks perhaps boredom is (or at least can be) the mother of creativity. In a pinch, she got creative with a household item to entertain herself and her toddler.
  • Creating Joy! Felt Counting Fish and other Fun — Terri at Child of the Nature Isle started creating Felt Counting Fish and then fell down the rabbit hole of fun with a number of other games.
  • I Am Going! (A Code Name: Mama Homemade Theater Production of Mo Willems' Elephant & Piggie book) — This might be the finest example of child and baby acting ever recorded. Enjoy this Mo Willems treasure via video from Dionna at Code Name: Mama.
  • DIY Summer Sleep Sack for Baby Tutorial — Shannon at GrowingSlower made an organic summer sleep sack for baby, and you can too with her easy tutorial.
  • Chalk It Up! — Amy at Anktangle recounts how an impulse buy has turned into a fun collaborative activity that she hopes will continue to foster creativity in the whole family.
  • The Family Garden — Excited that her son has been a big help in the garden this year, Ana at Pandamoly shares how her garden grows and offers up some secrets on how a toddler can be a great assistant in the garden.
  • Getting my craft on — In a guest post at Natural Parents Network, Jona at Life, Intertwined takes a trip down memory lane — and finds it in stitches.
  • Easy DIY Sandpit for Toddler Play — Christine at African Babies Don't Cry shares her easy DIY toddler sandpit tutorial.
  • Building Without Nails — Laura at Laura's Blog builds a swinging bar using just sticks and twine.
  • Family Talent Show — Erika at Cinco de Mommy holds an after-dinner family talent show.
  • Ar matey! Fun and Learning with Pirate Play. Positive Parenting Connection is sharing lots of really fun Pirate-themed learning activities for the whole family.

11 comments:

Christine Powell said...

This is such fun! I was laughing out loud at how involved the traps were, included baking snacks... so cute! This is such a great whole family activity, and I love how Mikko is learning all the while too :)

Tat said...

Hilarious! You must be learning very quickly to tread with caution around your own house!

Farmer's Daughter said...

Hahaha! I love it, how fun! When my husband was little he went through a trap phase but was always trying to catch squirrels and stuff like that. His parents still laugh about it, too bad they don't have any pictures. What a fun memory this will make :)

talesofgoodness.com said...

This has such a sense of fun about it. I love how your little guy sketches up the trap in advance and then executes the whole thing. It's a great creative effort from beginning to end. Thanks for sharing.

Dionna @ Code Name: Mama said...

LOVE! I want to do these with Kieran - and yes, awesome unschooling :)
p.s. did the jello work?

Momma Jorje said...

Oh dear me, the cuteness level... it got me all verklempt, seriously. What creative play!!

Melissa said...

This is hilarious!

Amy Rhime said...

Oh, I love this! Mikko is so clever! The photos are a riot, too. =)

babyweb.co said...

Haha! Fantastic! :) I love it how you encourage your children's creativity! What a fun mama!

ana z. panda said...

O.M.G. Mikko is HILARIOUS! Can I just tell you how much I love your son and how freakin' adorable he is? (or maybe it's just the light you present him in... either way). What a smarty-pants! I like the chocolate chip bait; especially smart to use the baby - who could resist!? Love it!

Terri said...

Such creativity! I'm now hoping my children will go through a making traps phase as it sounds like fun!

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