Hansel & Gretel

by Lain Ehmann on June 11, 2012

This morning, I drove Callie the three blocks to school with a very special cargo loaded in our station wagon:

Her “shelter project.”

Each spring the first graders create a shelter of some sort — a wigwam, igloo, brick house, whatever — and create a report about it, talking about how you made the shelter and what kind of person or animal would live in it. The caveat: You should use items found around your house and not buy a ton of supplies.

This is where having a scrapbooker for a mom comes in handy… what DON’T I have around the house?? ;)

Anyway, my darling daughter decided that she needed to make not just any ordinary shelter, but… wait for it…

Hansel & Gretel’s Cottage.

Is this my kid or what?

I love her style. I know as she grows and matures, some things about her will likely change quite a bit. But I have a feeling this little streak of whimsy – the one that makes her say she’s going to go to circus school, and that makes her talk in different accents, and makes her get up in front of 500 people at the school talent show and do a comedy routine… Well, I think that’s around for the long haul.

And you know what’s cool about that? 20 years from now, when she’s finished with college (or circus school, as the case may be), she can look back at my scrapbooks and say, “Geez, I was a nut since I was born!”

And I’ll say, “Yes. Yes, you were.” And we’ll look through all the albums at all the pages of her doing crazy fun things, and we’ll smile.

simple scrapbooking layouts


  • Ruth G

    Fabulous Cottage! As long as it doesn’t turn out that Callie’s a spongy orange circus peaNut, you’re in good shape!
    It is so fun watching them learn and change, but there are definitely qualities which have been present since day 1. It’s wonderful to enjoy, record and celebrate everything when it comes to our kids! It sounds like that’s the kind of parent you are and I think your kids are going to benefit so much from that!
    Right now my 10yo DS is making a Minecraft suit of armor out of paperboard slated for recycling. He’s telling me “this is step 1″, etc. as I shoot the pictures. He’s not always as cooperative, but I think he knows this is a project for the memory books! He’s my softdrink and cereal box hero today!

  • Marcia F

    This is GREAT! So incredibly creative and fun! (Guess she’s like her mom? ;D) This reminded me of the log cabin family project that my oldest son did in 1st or 2nd grade: We tried to use pretzel rods for the logs and peanut butter for the mortar, but found that Jif just isn’t sticky enough!! He ended up bringing in his pile of goopy logs and peanut butter along with a Lego house he made instead :D. Unfortunately I don’t think I took a picture of it :c but such good memories! (He’s now 24!)

  • http://profiles.google.com/gluegunky Michelle B

    That’s so sweet! My niece is about ten, she has a kooky streak in her…all her school projects have an off kilter theme to them…I love that to pieces!

  • Nikwai Noble

    The shelter is looking good.  Your daughter has the proud look and smile on her face.  Made me smile.  :D  You also gave me something to think about and hold in my back pocket the next time the hubby says something about the amount of supplies I have.  My daughter is about to be 2 and I can imagine she will be needing to use the supplies pretty soon for her crafty ides and projects. 

  • LainEhmann

    You’d be surprised how often we’ve had a last-minute assignment (or that we find out about at the last minute!) and I just so happened to have the items on hand… ;) 

  • LainEhmann

    She’s lucky to have someone like you in her life who appreciates it! :)

  • LainEhmann

    That is so cute!!! You should write up a scrapbook page about it, even though you don’t have a photo… it’s a great story!

  • LainEhmann

    That is adorable! Please send me a link to the blog post or scrapbook page. :) Would love to see!!!

  • rosann

    This post made me a little teary eyed especially the last line. I think about my extroverted 4 year old who wants to be a chef and open a toy store

  • LainEhmann

    Rosann, I love that! I think those childhood wishes show a lot of insight into people’s future personality. :) Thanks for reading!

  • Iceteeeeee

    I feel honored to have met you both!

  • Kwhaler1

    So sweet!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lyn.ryder Lynne Ryder

    Just lovely Lain and congratulations on having such an awesome talented little ” chip off the ole block”.  She’s lovely and so is her Hansel and Gretel house.

  • Gab

    Wow she is so clever – that house is fantastic!

  • Lainehmann

    Awww, and I feel honored to know YOU!

  • Marcia F

    Hmmm, I might do that…my kids used to eat a LOT of pretzel rods, with or w/out peanut butter. I might combine the two stories and could always take a picture of pretzel rods and peanut butter. Thanks for the idea :D

  • Lainehmann

    Thanks, Gab – we had so much fun doing it!

  • Lainehmann

    Thank you, Lynne!

  • LainEhmann

    Thank you! :)

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