Monday, May 24, 2010

Good stuff for boys... and girls.

Such a firm favourite.
Archie's leather pouch and Hugo' little blue lamb.
Soon to be a ninja butterfly.
Fabric soup.
A boy with a teeny, tiny cold.
Over the weekend I have been thinking a lot about crafts for boys and the expectations we have of what they should be and what they will like.
Certainly, my boys think in ways that are so different to me that everyday I am taken by surprise. For instance, on Friday I was looking at a photo of stink beetles with Archie. He told me they had them at school in the bushes. I asked him if he said "Uggh" whenever he spotted them. He looked at me as though I was crazy and said, "No! I rub my hands all over them to get their good smell". Mmhmm.
On Saturday, Hugo was snuggling with Archie and sucking his (own) fingers. Archie informed Hugo that if he kept doing that his teeth would end up sticking straight out and possibly curl around and up his nose. I thought possibly this might be a quite a confronting statement but Hugo, with delight crowed "Really?". Once again, mmhmmmmm.
So yes, they think along very different lines to me and enjoy examining the innards of things I would usually look away from both literally and metaphorically, but still and to my relief... we have a shared aesthetic that I am so grateful for.
Archie loves having a Cath Kidston floral doona (duvet) cover which he says is like sleeping under a garden - and he likes gardening. Hugo, a very testosterone fuelled boy loves fairy tales and princesses and they both think that pink is a good colour... they just wouldn't wear it around friends.
So with our combined interests, my level of creativity gets a boost with ideas like ninja butterflies and circus themes and Noddy and dinosaurs and crocheted rabbits with their entrails exposed ( I haven't done this yet) and skeletons and flowers and beetles and all sorts of other things that I never would have considered without them.


  1. :o) Ow, how much recognition for me! I've got two boys aged 9 and 7 and they surprise me every day! My eldest loves rock music and books! (especially Fantasy and SF) but he is terribly afraid of spiders, he would like a crochet spider so he can scare the other (very-small) spiders away with...

    My youngest son asked me to make a blankie for him to snuggle under, and if I could please use pink and purple and blue... :) And he wants a granny squared crochet bag with blue and green.... (this after I asked the kids if they had any ideas for me to crochet next..)

    Lovely is'nt it? Being a parent?

  2. I think you are on the right path with that ninja butterfly. He's going to be cute and popular!

  3. Oh you made me laugh! I'm looking forward to that crocheted rabbit! Love, Amanda xxx

  4. My 7 year old daughter would think that ninja butterfly was the best thing ever made!

  5. I have two boys too (4 and 3) and they are a source of constant surprise in terms of their likes/dislikes/interests. The 4 year old would like a tutu, both boys are obsessed with crochet (well, I crochet and they cut up wool and wind it around their hook), love sewing, dancing and wish they had 'pretty dresses for parties'.

    But then they love rough and tumble, making 'poo poo pie' (sigh, some kind of awful mix of mud and stuff from the garden in a bucket), screaming, playing cowboys and watching TinTin.

    What a puzzle these boys are! I really enjoyed your post about 'boys crafts' the other day. Mine are currently too little to differentiate but I can already see how very few projects there are for boys. I'm sure I've come across a book called boys crafts however?



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