Of Lice and Little Girls

When I dropped the girls off at school on Friday, I got a notice from Poppet’s teacher that gave me chills.

Of Lice and Little Girls

I had lice a couple of times when I was a child. I remember foul-smelling shampoo, and sitting still while my mother combed through my hair with that fine-toothed comb. I remember feeling somewhat jealous of my brothers, whose lice treatment was as quick and easy as a shaved head, although I lacked the courage to tell my dad to shave mine too.

As I absently said goodbye to Poppet while reading the notice, her classmate Cowboy came to greet her. Cowboy’s head was shaved, leading me to believe that Lice Patient Zero was right in front of us.

My one hope was that Poppet had been absent on Lice Day, so I tried not to feel too stressed out about it. “She doesn’t have lice,” I said when I got home, dropping the notice onto the dining room table.

But I couldn’t help playing the scenario out in my head.

Poppet has gorgeous, waist-length, thick curls. The thought of combing through all that hair to look for lice and nits made me want to cry. Poppet freaks out when I tell her she’s having a haircut; there’s no way I would ever convince her to shave her head.

When I fetched the girls from school that afternoon, Pixie’s teacher handed me an identical letter.

I checked the girls’ heads that night, and the next morning, and the next night. No lice, but there was still a sense of vague panic lurking in my belly.

Of Lice and Little Girls

On Sunday morning, just before we left for church, I noticed small white flecks in Poppet’s hair. Cue: Freak Out.

As I tried to investigate Poppet’s head without messing up her hairstyle (because: church in ten minutes) I may have raised my voice as I asked, “WHAT IS ON YOUR HEAD?”

She huffed. “Pixie poured salt on me.”

Salt.

The relief I felt in that moment – Salt!

Later, I noticed Pixie had glitter in her hair. “Poppet did it,” she said. “Now I’m a princess.”

On any other day, the girls would have been in trouble, but in the wake of the Lice Scare of 2015, I let them get away with it.

Have you had to deal with lice yet?

12 Days of Christmas – Christmas Tree Puzzle

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If you’re looking for a simple craft to distract your preschoolers for a while, then this is the craft for you: an easy peasy Christmas tree puzzle.

Materials (per puzzle):
A4 cardboard (any colour)
A4 cardboard (green)
Scissors
Pencil
Marker/Koki
Dot stickers
Glitter
Glue
Crayons

Fold the green cardboard in half lengthways, then draw the outline of a Christmas tree on the folded piece with the points of the tree on the open edge of the cardboard. Cut along the line and open up to give you a complete Christmas tree shape. Then, use the shape to trace an outline on the plain piece of cardboard. Go over this outline with a koki.

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Cut the green cardboard into as many pieces as you like. The younger your kids, the larger (and fewer) shapes, the better.

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Get them to fit the shapes into the outline of the tree, then glue the shapes into place.

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Let them colour the base of the tree and decorate the tree with crayons and dot stickers.

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Then make glue lines over the tree and sprinkle with glitter to make tinsel.

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Easy peasy.

Do your kids like puzzles?

12 Days of Christmas – Christmas Elf

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The inspiration for these elves comes from Rise of the Guardians, which we’ve seen about a thousand times. (My favourite incarnation of Santa Claus ever.)

Materials:
Red cardboard A5 – cut into a triangle (one per elf)
Googly eyes (two per child)
Blue cardboard cut into small boots (two per elf) and long strips (one per elf)
A small circle (for the bell)
Glue
Glitter
Cardboard cut into a square face (one per elf)
Punch
String

Stick the boots to the bottom of the triangle.

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Stick the strip across the wide part of the triangle to be the elf’s belt.

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Stick the square cardboard onto the red triangle, toward the middle part. This will be the elf’s face.

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Glue the circle to the top point of the triangle.

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Glue the googly eyes onto the face. Draw in a mouth.

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Shake some glitter onto the circle.

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What is your favourite Christmas movie?

12 Days of Christmas – Day 4 – Glitter Stars

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Christmas! Crafts! GLITTER!

This easy peasy star craft also comes from the Artful Parent. All you need is a few ice cream sticks, some glue, paint, string and glitter. We happened to have coloured sticks so we could skip the painting part.

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As per the Artful Parent’s instructions, I used a glue gun to make stars. (Apparently hot glue dries quicker than craft glue. Who knew?) She also suggests gluing the stars before painting them.

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The girls used glitter glue to decorate. (Don’t judge me. Sometimes I can’t do the mess.)

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When the glitter glue was dry, I tied string to one end of each star, and hung them at different lengths.

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What do you think of this craft?

12 Days of Christmas – Day 2 – Peace, Love & Joy

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Glitter crafts always seem like such a good idea – until halfway through the craft when you realise the glitter is somehow all over the house and in your hair and under your nails, and you know you’re going to be sparkly for days.

But, who doesn’t love a bit of sparkle?

For this craft, I drew the letters spelling out ‘joy’, ‘peace’ and ‘love’ on A5 pieces of cardboard, words that are often found on Christmas cards.

Then the girls got busy decorating.

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When they were done, we hung the letters on the wall.

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Do you do glitter crafts with your children? How do you minimise the glitter fallout?