One of my favorite traits of our 6 year old, Owen, is his ability to wholeheartedly embrace his imagination. He can entertain himself for hours with a piece of cardboard! So the other day when I was finishing up a project he reminded me that I once made a fabric snake for his brother. Then he asked if I could make him one. So, of course, I upped the ante and responded, “Why don’t I make you a kangaroo instead?”
You can imagine his excitement at that proposition since kangaroos have been his favorite animal since he tried to sell imaginary ones to my husband’s co-workers about a year and a half ago. Then I realized I was going to have to figure out how to make a stuffed animal — something (other than the snake) I had never attempted before.
Under the watchful eye of Owen himself and about 2 hours later . . . Roo was born. Owen was so excited that he announced that Roo would become his new brother. He slept with Roo that night and has played with him pretty much continually — even bringing him to a playdate yesterday.
Makes me feel pretty good about myself actually. Using scraps from a sofa project I recently completed and gut instinct about how to make some semblance of a kangaroo — I love that he loves it so much!
Actually this photo is of Roo’s mother. I made another one last night as I thought I could simplify the design. This one has a pouch and a baby. Roo has no pouch. Owen didn’t think boy kangaroos had pouches. Guess we’ll have to Google it!