Friday, April 8, 2011

Easter Basket Buddies

The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You're one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
A cloud comes over the sunlit arch,
A wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you're two months back in the middle of March.

A bluebird comes tenderly up to alight
And turns to the wind to unruffle a plume,
His song so pitched as not to excite
A single flower as yet to bloom.
It is snowing a flake; and he half knew
Winter was only playing possum.
Except in color he isn't blue,
But he wouldn't advise a thing to blossom.

Taken from Robert Frost's "Two Tramps In Mud Time"

Just found these super cute animals and thought they'd make great basket stuffers.

Adam has a Douglas pug named Skip; he sleeps with him every night. It is super easy to clean; from grape juice to poop (don't ask), it all comes off with a spritz of stain remover and a wash cycle on cold. The company is based in Keene, NH, and I like supporting businesses from my home state when I can. They are generally quite affordable (most around $10) and would be perfect for younger children because of their cost and how cuddly they are.

The animals by Hansa are beautiful and strikingly realistic. They have every kind of animal from Kiwi birds to Wart Hogs to German Shepherds. The recommended age is above 3 years; they would probably better appreciate the life-likeness of the animals more than a one or two year old. Hansa also includes a card with educational habitat information about the particular animal.

Let me show you. The critters on the left are from Hansa, and on the right, from Douglas.

photos from Imagine Childhood and Douglas Cuddle Toys

That Hansa pig is so friggin' cute.

Also, has anyone done an egg hunt with a toddler around 15 months? Just wondering if it's a good age for it or if we should wait until next year.


An Army Family said...

Those are too cute! I wish Landon liked stuffed animals because he would like learning about them at least.

You could do an egg hunt with Adam, the harder thing would be what to fill them with if you want to fill them. I'm assuming you wouldn't want to chock him full of candy so young, and most toys for filling are made for older kids. BUT just for the fun of the game you could leave them empty and help him look for them. You know him best and how observant he tends to be.

Lizzie Brown said...

I was thinking about filling them with rice so they rattled when he shook them. Taped closed.

erin said...

You should definitely do a hunt with Adam, he's at such a fun age!

Sae said...

I would have loved the Hansa stuffed animals when I was a kid! Likeness to a real animal was very important for me. Also, i wanted them to be "wild." If any stuffed animal came with clothing or a collar, etc., I would always cut it off so that they would look "real."