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Cakes has been taking herself on bush walks (through our house) several times a day recently. I have been on the walk a few times and one thing we consistently see is Emus. It has been a few weeks since we saw an Emu at Alma Park Zoo, with Cakes getting close to try feed him (she even explained to him that the packet said he would like the food and he should eat it) though I do not think this is what has sparked her interest in them. We have been looking at various Australian animals in non-fiction books and on the internet in the lead up to Australia day though again she has not seemed particularly taken by any one animal. Yesterday she asked at least 15 times to make an Emu, I explained I had no paper plates or feathers (as that is how I envisioned a 'made Emu' would look. Today I located alternatives to these items as I did not want to continue to disappoint her with my explanation of lack of resources.
While making our Emus today, Cakes busted into song (something she often does, with her most recent being "We're going on a bush walk, we're going on a bush walk, it is quite a nice day to go on a bush walk"). She started singing the Wiggles song, Do the Emu. This may be the explanation I have been needing to understand her obsession.
As an alternative to paper plates for the body we traced around a large plate on some cardboard (from the inside of Christmas wrapping paper) and cut it in half. For the feathers we picked out a few pieces of scrap booking paper (from that 5 minutes 3 years ago that I thought I would have time to scrap book) and cut it. Cakes is still a two hand cutter and tends to feather the paper rather than cut it in pieces (you might say perfect for this project). We used a hole punch to cut holes to tie the legs and neck on. Cakes picked out a few pieces of scrap wool (thanks Nanny) for the legs and pipe cleaners for the necks. Wrapping the pipe cleaners around a pom pom was much easier than gluing as I had originally thought of doing it. A few googly eyes and a piece of cardboard for a mouth and two Emus were complete.
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