07 March 2013

Torn Paper Pictures & Giveaway!


Ryan and I joke that we keep our library in business with the amount of fines we pay between late fines (the movies add up too quickly, we can't get those anymore) and lost books.  I blame it on the lady that hollered through her open car window in the library parking lot several years ago, "Get one of those collapsible, rolling carts for your books instead of carrying bags!" I was, indeed loaded with Azure or Clover as the baby on one hip and a heavy bag full of books on the opposite side and a few straggling children behind me. What a brilliant idea! So, now, when we go to the library, we have our cart of books.  We're on our 3rd or 4th.  Those books are heavy, after all.
I don't really blame the parking lot woman .  We do adore the library around here.  It's the one place we don't have to exercise restraint in what we want to get.  Anything that looks fun, new, and entertaining gets to come home (well, we have put a ban on those books that are just pictures from movies-bleck, we won't read those.)  We load up and head home.  Sometimes I'll just send Ryan to take back books (pay fines, always the fines!) and grab a new, fresh batch.
So, when my kids are sick, and Azure just happened to be this past weekend, we can put a nice big stack next to their bed so they can get their rest, but not be horribly bored if they're not tired enough to sleep.  In addition to doing some reading, we also did a fun activity, inspired by some illustrations we've seen, like those from Ezra Jack Keats' books: torn paper pictures!
I thought my older girls would be the most excited about this project, but Azure had the most fun!  I think it's because they're not as inhibited by perfection as much as the older girls tend to be.  Plus, the fact we didn't need to use scissors, made it even more freeing.  I just plopped down a big pile of paper and gave them half a sheet for their background and they began ripping.
I didn't even have to prompt Azure or Clover with ideas.  Azure knew what she wanted to make and she went for it.  First, her dolphin.  Then she wanted to do a lighthouse.  With a chimney.  "Or how else will Santa be able to get in?"  Ah, that girl.
Olive is our elephant lover, but we didn't have any grey, which bothered her until she decided that brown would do just fine.  I adore the trunk and the free flapping ear.
And, of course I wanted to play!  Since we haven't seen a single snow flake for quite some time, I made our own little snow scene.  I love the simplicity of this project.  Just paper and glue mixed with some imagination!  Thank you to Mucinex for sponsoring these 3 posts of what you can do with your child while they're feeling under the weather.  And when they need something more than just to keep their hands and mind busy, Mucinex can help ease their more severe, bothersome symptoms!
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109 comments:

  1. We cuddle up and watch Nick JR.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  2. When they're sick they don't want to do anything but stay in bed and have mommy caress their cheeks and forehead.

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  3. We read extra books and watch tv together.

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  4. I let my daughter, who is 2.5, go into my closet and pick something-- anything-- to wear. None of it fits her of course, but I just let her wrap right up in. I have nothing so nice that I wouldn't let her get snot on it if she really thought she'd feel better wrapped up in it. For some reason, this always seems to make her feel better.

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  5. lots and lots of extra cuddles.

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  6. When I have a sick one, I stop everything and pretty much do nothing except hold/rock.

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  7. I do crafts too! Lots of love and movies too.

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  8. Lol! Considering my kid just gave me three colds in a row that I'm just now getting over-- can I simply say 'Quarantine'???? Preferably at grandma's until no longer contagious... :)

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  9. Wonderful paper pictures! When my daughters were sick they got to lay on the family room couch with a t.v. tray next to them with snacks and juice. They usually didn't get to eat there, so this seemed very exotic! Lots of cartoons and cuddles too! Thanks for the chance!
    ellen(at)myerly(dot)net

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  10. We cuddle on the couch and watch movies or read and take lots of naps :) Love your paper pictures! Perfect craft for a rainy day too!

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  11. Wow, I love the torn paper pictures! I don't have any little ones (well, not that are born yet...one is coming in August), but when I was little and sick my mom would haul down the box of my sister's and my baby clothes and let me dress up my dolls in them.
    (btw, when I was in high school I worked at a library for the year before college. When I left the job I had over $200 in fines...fortunately forgiven because I was an employee)

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  12. Books and movies, books and movies... And snuggles. Lots.

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  13. When my kids are sick we watch lots and lots of tv and I let them have whatever sounds good to eat and drink.

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  14. At the moment I don't have any little ones (we're expecting our first this summer!) But when I was little and we were sick we got the portable tv we used for roadtrips set up in our room, and watched movies. My mom also used to give us a bell that we could ring to get someone's attention if we needed anything, rather than having to yell across the house (really helps when you have a sore throat!). We also used to like to build forts in our rooms!

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  15. We love our library too so there is always a stack of books to look at. We also like to cuddle up and read together or watch a movie. If they are sick but not too sick to get up, we like to do playdoh or fingerpaint.

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  16. Movies curled up on the couch, it is the only time my kids will watch TV!

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  17. We like to color together and catch up on our favorite movies. My daughter is sick right now and she is enjoying singing a lot for some odd reason too.
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  18. Drink tea, read stories, take baths, & cuddle. And mucinex if there's a cough.

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  19. Watch movies with unlimited sippy cup refills!!

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  20. We usually watch a DVD together. They always want to take a nap in the afternoon too.

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  21. When Gracie and Nikki are sick, they love to cuddle. Which is great, because I love cuddle time, but bad, because I have immune deficiencies, so I catch whatever they've got! But we cuddle up together and watch their favorite shows--My Little Pony, Care Bears, and Strawberry Shortcake....

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  22. When LIl G had RSV in Jan we used mucinex dm! It was so awesome! She layed in her bean bag chair with me and we watched polar express and Olivia the Pig. All. day. Long.

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  23. We snuggle a LOT. And watch old kids movies and snuggle...and nap...and then snuggle a little more. :o)

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  24. Turn the tv to nick jr, lay a blanket on the living room floor and pray that the vomit lands on it! Probably not what the mother of the year would do, but it saves on the carpet and the laundry, and hey, I haven't been nominated for that award yet.

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  25. I'm a teacher, so I call their parents. :)

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  26. Snuggle and read or watch tv together :)

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  27. A whole lot of nothing. Rest and stay away from others.

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  28. snuggles, naps, netflix (try that instead of the library - no late fees especially if you stream them!) and lots of library books! we had to stop with the movies too to lessen the late fees..!

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  29. Cuddles, reading, and extra nursing!

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  30. We snuggle on the sofa and watch Disney movies

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  31. Because we don't watch a large amount of tv around here, we put in the movies and eat comfort foods, oh and lots of story time!

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  32. Books, movies and watching the waves hit the rocks at the beach.

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  33. Lots of reading and simple projects

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  34. Books, movies, lots of snuggling.

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  35. With four children in the house, it's kind of hard to keep the one that's sick to stay at rest, so I usually do something the kids love-- I drag the little TV with the built in DVD player into their room and let them snuggle in bed with a movie of their choice!

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  36. We try to keep them comfortable. I have started to try natural / homeopathic remedies. Blankets and movies are a must!

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  37. Well,I don't have any littles of my own but I teach kindergarten and so I send them home to be comfy and get snuggles when I have sick littles in my classroom.

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  38. snuggles and watch a movie.

    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

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  39. When my children were sick when they were young I would make sure they were comfortable and had lots of liquids. I would also give them lots of holding and comfort.

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  40. We do a lot of reading! And usually a craft whenever they feel a bit better :)

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  41. Nothing beats laying on a bunch of soft, squishy pillows, cuddling under some fluffy blankets and drawing pictures, coloring in coloring books, or reading your favorite book, over and over and over (as if it wasn't already memorized!).

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  42. My baby will only sleep in my arms, my toddler retreats to the big pile of blankets and stuffed toys in a corner of the living room we lovngly call her "nest".
    deannenorton at gmail dot com

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  43. playing hide and seek under the covers or around the room- mom hides or just cuddling watching movies

    yes.4eva.r(atgmaildotcom)

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  44. We play UNO or watch cartoons together.

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  45. There is always cuddling and watching movies.

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  46. We resort to youtube videos around here, especially about how things work, like how to milk a cow by hand, or how a combine works.

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  47. cuddling in snugly blankets, homemade chicken noodle soup and usually a movie.

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  48. Hopefully lots of sleeping...a good time for their little bodies to slow down :)

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  49. If they aren't terribly contagious I make a sick couch for my kids (couch made up like the bed) and bring books, magazines and liquids to the room so the patient doesn't have to move. My kids seem to think this the best part about being sick.

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  50. we pull out the sofa bed, grab some books, a game, and my crochet-and snuggle in...

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  51. We have some sickies now. I pulled out some frozen homemade chicken broth and that'll be for soup tonight. Popsicles, band-aids, warm baths, even teeny, temporary things can make my little ones feel like it's going to be okay.

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  52. As a Nanny, we just cuddle up on the couch and I sweet read a story or two.

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  53. For my grand kids nothing beats hot peppermint tea in a special china cup and saucer. They like to make loopy potholders.

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  54. Books and movies on the couch when we're sick!

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  55. My son loves playing with his LEGOs.

    hillesha@gmail.com

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  56. We like to read our favorite books

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  57. Snuggling and watching movies together.
    Thanks so much.
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

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  58. My daughter loves to watch The Parent Trap in her room over and over again when she feels crummy. She knows the words by heart
    elysesw@aol.com

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  59. watch movies, build a bed on the couch
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

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  60. Reading a book keeps her happy.


    eddiem11 (at ) ca (dot) rr (dot) com

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  61. unlimited stories being read to them and cuddling up watching a good movie. Tea as well.

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  62. My daughter likes to make a bed on the couch and read a book on her Kindle.

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  63. My little one is not so little anymore, but when she is sick (or just tired) I read to her.

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  64. When mine were small I used to play Candyland with them

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  65. I read to them and we watch movies together.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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  66. We snuggle on the sofa and do movie marathons when the kiddos are sick, and everyone piles in bed together so momma can comfort them during the night without having to get up multiple times.
    jendenscott at gmail dot com

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  67. We snuggle and play games, and do puzzles together.

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  68. Give them my honemade chicken noodle soup and watch movies together on Netflix.
    Thank you.

    barbara dot montyj at gmail dot com

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  69. Snuggle on the couch and watch tv :) Play card games when there is nothing on :)

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  70. Snuggles, watching Caillou & eating popsicles.

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  71. watch movies
    Thanks! Janna JOhnson jannajanna@hotmail.com janna@feedyourpig on gfc

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  72. We play memory and snuggle up on my big bed to watch movies.

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  73. When my little ones are sick, I pamper them like king and queen.

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  74. We watch Ben-10 again, and again and again and again.

    ky2here at msn dot com

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  75. Play the game Uno Attack.
    dolniaks at consolidated dot net

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  76. Cuddles on the couch. Lots of lullabies. Maybe a good cartoon movie.

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  77. when My little one is sick we snuggle & I read him a book

    teechbiz at gmail dot com

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  78. We've been dealing with teething lately, and when that happens, we go on walks, and play as much as we can. We also have lots of naps, and he likes to eat the oyster crackers too.

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  79. I let my kiddos watch tv or we read books. When they get sick they don't want to do much but complain so movies are our sick day things. But it is special because we don't often have the t.v. on.

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  80. My sons like to snuggle and draw w/ pastels
    diane Baum
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  81. We read and watch favorite oldies on TV.

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  82. No little ones anymore, but most of my 15 year old's ailments can be cured by a cold pack or a hot water bottle!

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  83. They like to help me prepare and cook the homemade chicken soup

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  84. The activity that makes my girl smile when she's sick is watching wizard of oz.
    asketcher2@hotmail.com

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  85. It's chicken noodle soup for when she's sick and she's allowed to slurp it - but only when she's sick. Then we read her favorite books over and over until she falls asleep snuggled up with a heating pad.

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  86. STAY HOME WITH 'EM, CATER THEM, BRING THEM ICE CREAM AND POP =)

    kytah00@yahoo.com

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  87. We snuggle on the couch and I let them pick movies to watch.

    brat52101 at yahoo dot com

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  88. My son loves to read his favorite book.

    ccboobooy at gmail dot com

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  89. That was the greatest art project ever!
    In our house it's being read to from favorite books.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  90. A warm bath & Hot Chicken Noodle Soup. kari_944(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  91. We usually read, write stories, and play guessing games.
    Katharina angelsandmusic[at]gmail[dot]com

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  92. We work on art projects and glue collages.
    aleksnearing gmail com

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  93. We watch movies and play games!
    cmarquez482@outlook.com

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  94. we used to cuddle on the couch with a goodbook or watch anne of green gables

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  95. My daughter likes to read and watch her favorite movies in our bed when she isn't feeling well.

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  96. I read her stories

    daveshir2005@yahoo.com

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  97. We watch favorite movies together.

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  98. Try to get them to sleep, or at least chill without doing too much else. If no sleep with be had, I turn on music, hand over drawing materials and hope that activity will do it.

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  99. I would make a "nest" on the sofa and watch our favorite movies!!

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  100. We cuddle up with books or have a movie marathon!!

    kristenwillisdesign at gMail dot com

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  101. We usually read lots of stories or cuddle up in front of some veggietales movies.

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