Monthly Archives: February 2012

How about a cow pinata for that birthday party?

No, my son didn’t get a cow pinata for his birthday party. Or any pinata actually, since I don’t really trust bilndfolded four-year olds swinging a bat around. I mean, would you?

My kids love watching the Curious George videos and I recently borrowed a few more DVDs from our local library. One of them is called “Curious George goes to a birthday party“.

Curious George goes to a birthday party DVD

Curious George goes to a birthday party DVD

The first episode is called “Pinata Vision” and George is invited to swing a bat at the pinata during a birthday party. Things don’t go so well and George ends up making quite a mess - a rather entertaining scene for my kids. Here’s the back of the DVD box, showing George and the pinata.

Curious George and the birthday pinata

Curious George and the birthday pinata

But wait, there’s more! If you take a close look at the list of episodes, you’ll notice the last episode on the DVD is called “Keep Out Cows.” And there happens to be a LOT of cows in this one, as in a whole herd, all eager to devour a large field of wildflowers while George tries his best to stop them.

The first thing Curious George manages to do is give one of the cows a good taste of the flowers. Chump!

Curious George - Keep out cows

Curious George - Keep out cows

It only takes a few minutes for the other cows to figure out where the good food is. As they make their way towards the wildflowers George tries to put arrows down for them to follow. Thanks to this episode, I learned with George that cows can’t read arrow signs.

Curious George diverting the cows

Curious George diverting the cows

Poor little monkey, he deserves an A for effort.

It’s a cow-a-bungee birthday card!

It’s hard to pick the perfect birthday card for a four-year old boy but I got lucky at Target and found one with a Tyrannosaurus Rex. A great choice for a boy who loves dinosaurs and can identify many more of them than I’ll ever be able to.

I managed to look at almost every single birthday card in the aisle to find this one. But I really can’t complain because I also found this very funny cow birthday card. Here’s the front:

Birthday card with cow

Birthday card with cow

Can you guess what the cow is about to do? Something I’d never dare doing, whether on my birthday or not (courtesy of fear of heights, as well as a high dose of common sense). Here’s the inside of the birthday card:

Birthday card with bungee jumping cow - cow-a-bungee!

Birthday card with bungee jumping cow - cow-a-bungee!

 Oops, that cow got so scared it squirted out some milk… Happy birthday!

Cows wish happy birthday to a little man

My little one is turning four in a few days and he just received an early present. My mom mailed him his birthday card and he got the opportunity to open the envelope a few days early.

The birthday card’s theme is Old MacDonald (had a farm) and here’s the front of the card. Notice the cow at the bottom left corner.

Birthday card with Old McDonald has a farm theme

Birthday card with Old McDonald has a farm theme

 And here’s the inside of the card, with a dancing cow. And a dancing pig, a dancing sheep, a dancing farmer… You get the point, it’s a birthday party!

Birthday card with dancing cow

Birthday card with dancing cow

The best part about this card is, it’s a singing card! It sings the “Old McDonald had a farm” song and it has just one volume setting. SUPER loud. And my kids love it! Isn’t it always this way?

So I tried to share the song with you, especially since it’s actually singing the cow part (with a moo moo here, a moo moo there…) but I used my cell phone camera and somehow it didn’t record the sound. The only explanation I have is, the microphone shut off when it heard the screaming loud song. Just be glad I spared your ears.

How does Charlie at the zoo see a cow?

You know you’ve got to borrow a book when it’s called Charlie at the Zoo and features a cute baby duck as the main protagonist.

Charlie at the zoo by Marcus Pfister

Charlie at the zoo by Marcus Pfister

My kids and I actually like this book a lot. Charlie the duck decides to take a trip to the zoo he just discovered and gets to meet a bunch of cool animals. The book shows you a part of the animal while the rest is hidden and gives you clues to guess what you’re looking at. Then each animal page contains a list of interesting facts. The best part? Charlie makes it safe back home in the end.

On his adventure trail and before he reaches the zoo, Charlie meets a few local animals, including a frog and this animal, hidden behind the grass. Can you guess what it is?

Charlie at the zoo book - a duck meets other animals

Charlie at the zoo book - a duck meets other animals

 My kids love turning the page to see this. Come on, wouldn’t you love to see this beautiful cow trying to lick your face? Slurp!

Charlie at the zoo - the licking cow

Charlie at the zoo - the licking cow

My first weird looking cow of 2012

I stopped by Michael’s art & craft store this afternoon with my three-year old to look for pictures frames I’d like to use in an upcoming project. Since my son was very patient while I browsed through the many aisles of frames to find just the right one, I then took him to the $1 toy department.

While it was his turn to browse the many offerings, I found this cow in one of the bins. This is my first official weird looking cow of the year 2012. Here’s what it looks like from above:

Weird looking cow toy with bug eyes

Weird looking cow toy with bug eyes

 And here’s what this cow looks like from the front:

Weird looking cow toy from Michael's art & craft store

Weird looking cow toy from Michael's art & craft store

Of course my son discovered the most disturbing part about this cow’s bug eyes. They’re stretchy… You can actually pull on them and stretch them away from the cow’s head. How freaky and ugly is that? My little one settled for more dinosaurs. Phew.