It's that time of year again--time to dress up small rubber ducks as storybook characters. Our library organizes this yearly contest, and surprisingly, Riley was anticipating it--reminding me, before I even saw any announcements, that it would be time to get our ducks soon. Why she can't remember to put her dirty laundry away, but she can remember when the Library's Duck Days are, is beyond me. But that's beside the point. Here are our entries for this year (the links will take you to an Amazon page that will show you the book if you are not familiar with these classic storybook characters):
Riley made the Magic School Bus
Mary made Katy the Snow Plow
Cory made Tacky the penguin
Lucy and Momma made the Coconut tree, filled with letters
This is really a cute concept. And I, being a lover of all things children's books, find this activity to be a ton of fun--even if it does take me two days to clean up all the crafting mess when we're finished.
Of course, this IS a contest, and so there will be winners, but more importantly, there will be losers, and therefore tears. In spite of our long discussion prior to making our ducks, that being able to decorate a duck is the real prize, when it comes down to not winning the prize, there is some disappointment to process. A good life lesson, but 6 year olds don't appreciate that very much!!