Monthly Archives: May 2012

Having Fun With Food – Elephants

When it comes to fun recipes with an elephant theme you can, of course, go with your standard elephant shaped cookie.

But we wanted to challenge ourselves, so off to the internet we went and here is what we found; it wasn’t easy, there’s not that much out there 🙂

Elephant Cupcakes Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens (bhg.com)

For a mere $14.99 from PerpetualKid.com you can make the coolest peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

If you are feeling particularly industrious you could whip up this masterpiece (please send pics if you do).

For us mere mortals, Disney’s option is probably more our speed

How about elephant cherry pie from Babycakes?

Last but not least, a favorite carnival staple, elephant ears from allrecipes.com

How about it?  Do you have any fun elephant recipes?

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Counting Animals Puzzles From Eeboo

This week’s featured product from Fragile Earth Stuffed Animals is eeBoo’s Counting Animals Puzzles.

This counting puzzle game will teach a child the numbers 1–10 and how to spell each number. There are 10 counting puzzles, each with 3 puzzle pieces bearing letters that makes up the number, with corresponding illustrations to guide the way. Only the correct pieces will fit together so the puzzles are self-correcting. These three-piece puzzles are of the sturdiest materials and are designed with both beauty and skill development in mind.

eeBoo’s Counting Animals Puzzles – $15.00

 

“Stand Back” Said The Elephant “I’m Going to Sneeze!”

This week is going to be all about the mighty elephant.  We’re kicking the week off with some fun books about elephants.  Normally, we keep our book lists to children’s books but this week we have to start off with two of our favorite books of all time.

Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen (please read before seeing the movie)

Ninety-something-year-old Jacob Jankowski remembers his time in the circus as a young man during the Great Depression, and his friendship with Marlena, the star of the equestrian act, and Rosie, the elephant, who gave them hope.

Modoc: The Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived by Ralph Helfer

Chronicles the life and times of an elephant and her devoted companion and trainer, who journeyed from a small German circus town to international stardom in the Greatest Show on Earth to a tragic twenty-year separation

And now, back to our regularly scheduled program.  Some of our favorite children’s book about elephants.

“Stand Back,” Said The Elephant “I’m Going to Sneeze!” By Patricia Thomas

The last time the elephant sneezed, he blew monkeys out of the trees, stripes off the zebra, and spots off the leopard. This rollicking new edition of the favorite nonsense verse again shows the panic that follows the elephant’s dreaded announcement.

But No Elephants by Jerry Smath

Grandma Tildy finally agrees to take an unwanted elephant into her home, but soon regrets her decision.

Tarra & Bella:  The Elephant & Dog Who Became Best Friends by Carol Buckley

True Story – After retiring from the circus, Tarra became the first resident of the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. When other elephants moved in and developed close friendships, only Tarra remained independent until the day she met a stray mixed-breed dog named Bella.

The Right Number of Elephants by Jeff Sheppard

A counting book in which a little girl relies on the help of some eager elephants.

We Are In A Book (An Elephant & Piggie Book) by Mo Willems

When Gerald the elephant and Piggie realize that they are in a book, they decide to have some fun with the reader. Be sure to check out all the other Elephant & Piggie books.

Ella The Elegant Elephant by Carmela D’Amico

Ella is nervous about the first day of school in her new town, but wearing her grandmother’s good luck hat makes her feel better–until the other students tease her and call her names.

Uncle Elephant by Arnold Lobel

After his nephew’s parents are thought to be lost at sea, Uncle Elephant takes the young elephant in and the two make a warm, loving home together

These are just some of our favorites.  What did we leave out?

Panda Bear Crafts

In our last segment about Pandas we have found some great panda bear crafts.  These are all simple crafts that use easy to find, relatively inexpensive items.

Learn about circles with this Panda Face made out of construction paper or craft foam from firstpallette.com.

Panda Bear Face from firstpallette.com

Paper Plate Pandas from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

Paper Plate Pandas from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

and finally some Panda coloring pages you just have to print out and grab some crayons from First-School.ws.

Giant Panda Coloring Page from First-School.ws

Giant Panda Coloring Page from First-School.ws

Giant Panda Coloring Page from First-School.ws

Giant Panda Coloring Page from First-School.ws

Fun Recipes for Food Shaped Like Panda Bears

If you look around the internet, you will find food in just about any shape you can imagine. Some you may view unintentionally and will then never be able to erase the images from your mind. Others stay with you for good reasons. This week, since we’re celebrating the panda here at Fragile Earth Stuffed Animals, I typed panda recipe and crossed my fingers I wouldn’t find anything for actual panda ala The Freshman

Just about anything Bakerella puts her hand to comes out looking gorgeous!

Panda cupcakes from bakerella.com

She makes it look so easy and yet, mine never come out looking like hers. However, I haven’t practiced enough so maybe in time …..

For all you bread makers out there, how about a little panda in your bread?

Panda bread from taste-for-adventure.tablespoon.com

Panda bread from taste-for-adventure.tablespoon.com

And for the cookie lover, I present —

Panda cookies from makeandbakeblog.blogspot.com

So, for all you adventurous spirits, go forth and make pandas! And if you’re in the Red Bank area, stop by and share!

Do you know eeBoo?

From the eeBoo website:

“Literacy, story telling, drawing, imaginative play and basic math are among the skills that eeBoo products encourage. A good share of the eeBoo line has been awarded Oppenheim Best Toy Awards and other honors.

We are proud of the quality of our products and the care and thought that we put into everything we do. We spare no expense in the materials we use, the art we commission, or the time we put into every project. Our toys are durable and beautiful to look at.

Our strongest customers are people who appreciate quality and are looking for unique children’s items that cannot be found everywhere. We love hearing that children enjoy our games and activities. And we hope, most of all, that eeBoo products inspire parents to get down on the floor to play with their children.”

For our feature toy of the week, we introduce the Pre-School Color Memory Game

An excellent beginner game, Color Memory Game consists of 10 pairs of big scalloped-edged tiles, each with a rich, solid color. Players take turns turning over two tiles at a time to look for a set of matching colors.

Fragile Earth Stuffed Animals is proud to carry eeBoo games and we look forward to bringing in many more of their items in the near future.

Panda-Monium and Other Books About Pandas

Does your child love pandas?  As Panda Week continues here at Fragile Earth Stuffed Animals, we have come up with a list of some great childrens books about Pandas.

Panda-Monium by Cynthia Platt & Veronica Vasylenko

This bouncy, rhyming read-aloud offers an entertaining lesson in counting.

Mrs Harkness and the Panda by Alicia Potter Illustrated by Melissa Sweet

The true tale of an adventurous woman who was bold and brave—and the unforgettable journey that helped shape American attitudes toward wildlife.

Zen Shorts by Jon J Muth

This is how three children meet Stillwater, a giant panda who moves into the neighborhood and tells amazing tales.

and finally, Tracks of a Panda by Nick Dowson

Nick Dowson’s lyrical text, interspersed with intriguing facts, follows one of nature’s most magnificent — and endangered — species on its search for a safe habitat, while Yu Rong’s expressive, delicate brushwork brings these legendary creatures to life.

What’s your favorite panda book?