The Mother of Adventure

Riddle me this

on February 13, 2013
A homemade puzzle - my kids will follow clues to locate each puzzle piece and find their Valentine treats.

A homemade puzzle – my kids will follow clues to locate each puzzle piece and find their Valentine treats.

Roses are red,

Violets are blue.

Puzzles are fun

For kids to do!

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I’ve been trying to think up something creative to do for our girls. Then I realized that the winning idea has been babbling – loudly and incoherently – in my ear since Christmas. It’s Furby; my kids are simply obsessed with Furby.

While my husband and I are not big Furby fans – and were quite reluctant to give in to this particular Christmas wish – in the end we did. I mean, when your kid makes a Christmas wish list where every single numbered item from one to 10 reads “Furby!” you don’t really have that much choice, do you? So, they each got one for Christmas…and the love affair has been raging ever since.

I spent a bit of time online one evening, searching for some Furby-related items that might make for a fun little Valentine’s gift. But I came up short…unless you live in the U.S. and/or have a lot of disposable income, it’s hard to get your hands on Furby accessories like sunglasses or chairs (yes, I know…welcome to my life). My next thought was a Furby t-shirt, but those are also hard to come by unless you special-order one online (for a pretty penny).

Custom t-shirts are easy to make up using blank t-shirt transfers and a colour printer.

Custom t-shirts are easy to make up using blank t-shirt transfers and a colour printer.

So I was forced to get creative…and that’s when the fun started. I found a couple of decently high-res Furby images online, then purchased a box of blank t-shirt transfers from Staples. Using my colour printer, I printed a reverse image of each Furby design onto a t-shirt transfer and then ironed them on to my girls’ t-shirts. Voilà! Custom-made Furby shirts, on the cheap!

Now that I was in Furby mode – and doing tons of Google searches for images – I found a decent number of black-and-white images. I printed two of each image, for the girls to use as colouring pages, and put them in red paper folders, customized with their names.

A plate of homemade sugar cookies to sweeten the deal.

A plate of homemade sugar cookies to sweeten the deal.

After all this effort, I feel like I can’t just hand them their presents; I want them to work for it a little bit! So the final step in my master plan is a treasure hunt – the girls must follow a trail of clues around the house to find their Valentine’s Day loot.

I’m looking forward to presenting our girls with a series of surprises tomorrow morning, and don’t worry – I definitely didn’t forget about the chocolates and other sugary treats. After all, it is the sweetest day of the year.


3 responses to “Riddle me this

  1. Cathy Beddall says:

    You’re such a great mom 🙂 Beautiful cookies!!!

  2. Heather says:

    Wow, love the Furby ideas – although I don’t exactly know who Furby is. Cookies look amazing! Yum! Happy Valentine’s Day to you and the family! (PS Check your mail box)

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