She recently got to meet Jack Hanna at the Columbus Zoo and was pretty excited about it, although she was to scared to get her picture with him.
I asked her if she would have been afraid to meet and get her picture if she could meet the Kratt brothers? She said, "NO! I love them." Sorry Jack.
Bug-A-Boo is obsessed with the Kratt brothers and their PBS Kids show "Wild Kratts". It is amazing to me the things that she is learning (and teaching us) about.
In case you haven't heard of the Wild Kratts here is synopsis by PBS Kids:
Join the adventures of Chris and Martin Kratt as they encounter incredible wild animals, combining science education with fun and adventure, while traveling to animal habitats around the globe. Each adventure explores an age-appropriate science concept central to an animal’s life and showcases a never-before-seen wildlife moment. It’s all wrapped up in engaging stories of adventure, mystery, rescue, and the Kratt brothers’ brand of laugh-out-loud-comedy that kids love.
The real-life Chris and Martin introduce each Wild Kratts episode with a live action segment that imagines what it would be like to experience a never- before-seen wildlife moment, and asks, “What if...?” The Kratt brothers transition into animation and the adventure begins, bringing early-elementary school children into the secret lives of extraordinary creatures, many of which have never been animated before – including proboscis monkeys, draco lizards and caracals!
Aided by the brilliant hi-tech inventor and scientist Aviva Corcovado and her team, the adventuring brothers can activate their Creature Power Suits to fly with peregrine falcons, tag along remora-style with a great white shark, or dive to the bottom of the sea with whales and colossal squid!
From meeting a young elephant who uses the physics of suction to bring water into her trunk, to poison arrow frogs who use chemistry as their defense, to peregrine falcons who harness the force of gravity to fly so fast, the brothers and viewers learn that animals can take you anywhere in science!
|Martin Kratt, Aviva and Chris Kratt|
Bug-A-Boo is such a fan of this show that she has asked for a Wild Kratt birthday party (her birthday is 6 months away). She also has devised a game that she plays with Prince Charming almost every night. It is so much fun watching them run around the house rescuing animals and developing Creature Powers to help them accomplish their missions. The first time Bug-A-Boo looked at Prince Charming and said, "come on Bro, let's rescue that cheetah. CHEETAH POWER!" I thought I was going to pee my pants I laughed so hard.
I knew then that I needed to make her a Creature Power suit so I took to the internet for inspiration and found a lot of other kids who were obsessed too. Using ideas from several different creative women I designed a Creature Power suit for my little Wild Kratt Kid!
|front of vest|
For the vest of the Creature Power suit I used black fleece and green felt (because Chris wears green and Chris is her favorite). I cut the fleece to fit her and used a sewing machine to sew on the felt. The black dot in the center is a piece of velcro to hold the Creature Power discs on.
|back of vest|
Not the straightest but Bug-A-Boo doesn't seem to care.
Creature Power suit accessories: communicator, gloves, pouch and Creature Power discs.
For the pouch I just took a piece of fleece and made a loop to put the belt material through and bought a clip at Joann. I found the Creature Power discs online and had them laminated and put the opposing piece of velcro on the back.
The gloves are just a pair of black gloves found in the Target Dollar Spot with hand sewn green felt.
The communicator was a little difficult to make. First I cut an extremely thick piece of chip board. Then I printed out the picture of Aviva, Koki and Jimmy. I used adhesive to attach it and then covered it with a piece of transparency to make it look like a screen. I made a pouch for the chip board out of black felt and cut a hole in the felt for the screen. I hand sew'd the "buttons" on and then sew'd a piece of elastic so it can go around her wrist.
The finished product. One happy Kratt Kid.
I'll keep you posted on the birthday party.