Monday, January 19, 2009

We Are Unplugged Family

A few weeks ago we did a balancing butterfly for our Unplugged Orange project. Everybody LOVED it, and I was immediately obsessed with finding other animals that would balance on the tip of your finger. The one that I couldn't let go was "Balancing Lobster." So, I was very excited that Unplugged Mama picked "balance" as the theme for this week!

A quick google search yielded some clip art lobsters that were almost right, so I printed one and took some creative license to turn it into a template for our project. Maybe it was wishful lobster thinking, but a good chunk of my New York family was in town this weekend for a Michigan State basketball game (go State!) so I printed out about a dozen crustaceans. E went running around the house collecting cousins and other relatives to participate.
It was an Unplugged Miracle. Two toddlers and seven grown-ups grabbing crayons, sharing scissors, fighting over tape. Even my brother (below, the big guy on the left), who I've never seen draw so much as a stick figure, used every crayon in the box to create a sort of psychedelic effect.
After we were done coloring and cutting, we taped pennies to the claws and set the lobsters up for display. It turns out you can balance them on just about anything, including magic markers, noses, chairs, table corners, and chandeliers.

It's always nice when my family comes to town...of course one presence at the table was sorely missed, my sister. She would have been first in line for a lobster and a crayon. But I know she would be happy to see us together, playing games, eating good food, laughing and enjoying eachother's company. We are family! :)

9 comments:

Dayna said...

These are awesome. I will have to go back and look up your older project. My little one would really get a kick out of this! I love that you got the whole family to participate. I am sure the little ones will remember that shared time as well as the project! Happy Monday :)

naomi said...

Yay lobsters! Makes a nice change from balancing butterflies.

Mom Unplugged said...

Great lobsters! I think that is so wonderful that everyone did it, even the grownups. Everyone looks very into it too! What a wonderful array of balancing lobsters. Thanks again for the theme idea, we had fun too!

egc said...

We are such a crafty family! Loved the photos and the crafts! We loved spending the weekend with you guys!

Love,
Eileen and Ed and Eddie

www.pepperpaints.com said...

So cool. But the best part is all of the family joining in!!!

Yelli said...

I would have never thought lobsters would work as well as they did! Great idea and way to get others "unplugged!"

Melitsa said...

What a great together activity. Love the multi coloured lobsters

This Girl loves to Talk said...

great idea!! I was going to do something similar for balance (the bird one is boring yet popular) in the end all my girls did was balance balloons on their fingers... I didnt post it.. but that is what we did :)

Schelle said...

lol... I can totally imagine your decorated chandeliers :) I think Wombat would love this... anything to amuse him when it is too hot to go outside (I know, I know, but I'd love to swap you for some snow right now!)

 
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