Pom Pom Stuffer

Today has been another great day!

We had a super-fun play group this morning, followed by lunch with a good friend (the kind of friend who doesn’t mind eating leftover broccoli mac ‘n cheese that was made by your toddler the day before).

I just finished doing my Fit Moms For Life DVD and am feeling tired, but it’s the really good kind of tired, the kind that leaves you feeling proud and invigorated. Best of all, I feel as though I’ve earned my dinner!

I’m short on time, so tonight’s dinner will be extremely simple and straightforward: vegan “cheeseburgers” using Match Meats ground “beef,” Daiya vegan cheddar “cheese,” Dave’s Killer Bread Blues Buns, spinach, garlic aioli, and sauteed mushrooms. Maybe some oven-baked sweet potato fries on the side.

For today’s craft project, Zander and I decided to make a pom pom stuffer. I made one last month using small pom poms and a soy yogurt container, and it is so popular that I thought I’d enlist Zander’s help to make another one using large pom poms.

We started by eating the remaining Happy Baby Green Puffs in order to empty the container we wanted to use – yum! We then removed the label and rinsed and dried the container. Next, we gathered our materials on Zander’s little table: the green puffs container, large pom poms, and a variety of brightly colored stickers.

20111129-202342.jpg20111129-202400.jpgOnce we had everything we needed, Zander spent some time choosing and applying the stickers to his container, just the way he wanted them. He was very methodical about this.

20111129-202421.jpg20111129-203604.jpgThe final product was a beautifully decorated container that is perfect for stuffing and storing large colorful pom poms, then dumping the contents and stuffing them in all over again. Opening and closing the lid alone could keep Zander busy for half an hour, but add the pom poms, and you have a real winner. Plus, I am convinced that he feels a sense of pride knowing that he decorated the container all by himself.

Pom pom stuffing is a perfect activity for trips by airplane, car, or ferry. Not to mention that this project was inexpensive and environmentally friendly, since it made great use of materials that we already had on hand.

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About Kim McCoy

Kim McCoy is a passionate animal and environmental advocate with a B.S. in Business Administration from UT Knoxville and a J.D. specializing in Animal and Environmental Law. She graduated with honors from Lewis & Clark Law School, where she served as Editor in Chief of the internationally acclaimed Animal Law Review and interned with the National Center for Animal Law and the International Environmental Law Project. Kim is a member of MENSA (the “high IQ society”) and previously worked for Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in a variety of roles, including Executive Director, Director of Campaigns, and Director of Legal Affairs. Kim is also the former Executive Director of the One World One Ocean Foundation and the proud mother of a healthy, thriving son who has been vegan since conception. Currently serving as Executive Director of Big Life Foundation, which protects wildlife and wild lands in Eastern Africa, Kim remains deeply committed to the defense of animals worldwide.
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