Rosie the ReindeerPosted: 24/12/2013
One day in early December, ToddlerGirl came downstairs for breakfast to find that we had a little visitor peeping in our dining room windows.
She was delighted and, after spending some time talking to the reindeer through the window, she invited it in – because, after all, it was rather cold outside.
Rosie the Reindeer, as she soon came to be known, quickly became a favourite play mate, involved in all sorts of games. ToddlerGirl’s been very caring of her new friend, tucking her up in a special reindeer bed, introducing her to the other toys and ensuring she’s well fed.
Rosie obviously feels at home with us as we’ve come down several mornings to find her picnicking with some of the other toys…
…snuggling down with some books in the cosy corner…
…and other activities, such as doing a puzzle or riding with the toys in ToddlerGirl’s cardboard box bus.
ToddlerGirl has delighted in it all and Rosie’s been a lovely little visitor for the month. I’m not sure it will be easy to say goodbye!
To celebrate our reindeer friend, and that other well known reindeer, Rudolf, we had some fun last week making a hanging reindeer decoration, modified from this handprint reindeer craft on the Imagination Tree. Instead of painting, we used some coloured paper for the face, two googly eyes and a red pom pom nose. ToddlerGirl drew a (surprisingly good) smile and we then traced around her hands to make the antlers. The face and antlers were stuck on car to make them stronger and we threaded some present wrapping ribbon through so we could hang our decoration. First, ToddlerGirl danced around the room with it for a while as we of course had to listen to Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer…!
I was planning a few more reindeer themed activities but we just ran out of time this side of Christmas. I’m making a note of them, though, as there is always next year! These are my favourites from Pinterest:
- Cute toilet roll reindeer craft from Happy Hooligans
- A lovely paper plate Rudolf from Education.com
- These fab reindeer sandwiches from And Everything Sweet (part of their reindeer party)
As for Rosie, she was last spotted getting in a bit of last minute sleigh riding practice with Father Christmas…