I made the penguin house to have an opening door with adoorknob, curtains (which were on the outside of the house, architecturally incorrect, I know), and a chimney with tissue paper smoke coming out. Let's just say, I had too much fun with this one.
I tucked a print-out penguin (Google Image searched CARTOON PENGUIN) in the front door and attached a note for Eli and Abby to find in the morning.
Dear Eli and Abby,
I just moved into my house last night while you were sleeping. But, I'm kind of lonely. Will you come visit and talk with me? Do you know any other penguins that might want to live at my house? I'm glad to live here!
Love, Pingu(Pingu is a random cartoon we found on Netflix. The kids LOVE him...mom and dad love him not as much.)
Then I waited in great anticipation for the kids to wake up and find our Winter Wonderland...
|We had just come down the stairs and had a few minutes to play before we took Eli to school. They quickly brought out our bin of play food to give Pingu some breakfast.|
|There's Eli in the window!|
|A piece of bread and a waffle...just what a penguin wants for breakfast.|
|Eli helping Pingu slide down the hill.|
Later that afternoon we had our Footprint Penguins "move in" to keep Pingu company.
|We also printed out some penguins, taped them to popsicle sticks, and took them to visit Pingu.|
|Abby in the window!|
|Completed Winter Wonderland|
It is not completely clear who had more fun with this...the kids or the mom.