I’d seen Koala Lou a couple of places in the blog world recently, and since we’re studying Australia I thought it’d be fun to read. As I was reading it I started thinking about how fun it would be to make a watercolor picture based on the artwork. Of course, as I was thinking this I realized I didn’t have the supplies I was thinking of that I wanted to use. Excellent, an excuse to go to JoAnn’s……. And then by the time we finished the story I decided on a completely different book and activity project: gold medals!
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Koala Lou’s Mom is busy. So busy, she is convinced her Mom doesn’t love her anymore, so she comes up with the perfect way to win her Mother’s love: entering the Bush Olympics! Is that what it takes to win her Mother’s love?
Supplies for our Koala Lou craft
Put together your gold medal
I have zero pictures of the process because I didn’t think of it in time.
Free hand a circle and cut it out.
Then draw a figure heroically competing.
Punch a hole in your medal and thread the ribbon through it.
As you can see almost everyone is pretty proud of their final results.
And, if you’re going to have a gold medal you need Olympics to go with it, so I present:
The CLEANING OLYMPICS!
Future Ticia 2021 says, I have no clue how I changed it into that font when I originally wrote this, but I rather like that font.
Yes, I am the crazy Mom who makes cleaning into a game. We had the Clothes putting away race. The pick-up toys slalom. And the horribly competitive find all the trash relay.
I present to you the winners:
Batman got a gold medal for his inspired picking up of clothes.
Superman received the gold for his amazing picking up of trash, including stealing trash from my hands to be able to throw away more.
Batman squeaked ahead to get the gold for most toys put away.
And Princess, who mainly lay down and complained she was too tired, got the gold for complaining.
There you have it, our family Olympics. It was truly awe-inspiring.
Coming back and reading our Koala Lou craft post 11 years later makes me smile as I look at the smiling little kids. I’ve used variations on this idea from time to time again to inspire a lot of cleaning.