Serenity has a new favorite animal… flamingos! The last two times we went to the zoo she picked the flamingo as the animal she definitely wanted to see before we left (I always ask her to pick an animal, that way we have a goal since we’re zoo members and can go as often as I’m willing to drive out there =) The zoo has been doing a Think Pink deal with huge flamingo posters, and when we went through the zoo gift shop she looked longingly at this soft little flamingo. Then she looked up and told me that her flamingo that she has at home was missing her baby flamingo! So I caved and got the flamingo. The flamingo we have at home is one of her favorite things, she even took it for show and tell at school! And it always makes me laugh, because I nearly didn’t get it. It’s actually a dog toy that she found at Target. It was just three dollars, and she has had so much fun with it!
Here she is teaching Eric how to swing the flamingo by the legs.
So today, after a sandbox incident where Serenity found a piece of algae and ate it, telling her Daddy she was a flamingo and so that’s what she eats, I made some pretend food for her flamingo family. I sewed some shrimp using a felt sushi pattern I had, making it extra pink. (Did you know that flamingos are pink because they eat a lot of shrimp and things with beta-keratine in them?)
Serenity loved feeding her flamingo, and she made them a lake with one of our silk scarves that I dyed, and a nest for a flamingo egg out of my fuzzy brown sweater. She put an Easter egg in it =)
We also watched Diego’s, A New Flamingo Mommy, which we have on tape. This is the show that precipitated the algae eating incident.
Oh, and we practiced our flamingo dancing by standing on one leg. =)
I’ve ordered several books from the library that have flamingos in them, including Sylvie and a couple about Miss Mingo.
If this keeps up, maybe I’ll make a flamingo costume for her like I made her rainbow bird wings.