I am always on the lookout for unusual gifts on our travels. When we were in New York we went to the Museum of Natural History and there was a gift shop by the dinosaur exhibit. I pondered about what I should get and who I should buy it for. I was drawn to a book of origami, it was called dinogami. The paper was coloured so when you followed the very intricate directions you would end up with a wonderful looking dinosaur. There was an explanation with every creature which explained where it had been found and what it's characteristics were. I could not resist, although Barry was rolling his eyes, it was my Natural History purchase.
The next process I had to go through was, who should I give it to. Hmm, there was Cassidy and Eli, my grandchildren, aged 15 and 13, maybe they might enjoy it. Then there was our very crafty daughter, Jennifer, who is very artistic, and we were going to visit her so, perhaps she and I could enjoy it together. She took to it like a duck to water, we took on our 9 day holiday on the boat and she spent many happy hours folding away. I tried one and had to resort to asking her to interpret the instructions in order to finish it. Her boys, William, 7 and Leeland, 5, took to requesting that she fold their favourites, and they were competing to see how many each had.
The other day when we were out at the beach we collected some driftwood and Jennifer wanted to make some dino-mobiles. I had my doubts that we would ever get around to it, but yesterday and today was had some quality mother and daughter time balancing little dinosaurs with fishing line off the end of a stick. It was great fun and now each of the boys has a lovely reminder of the summer holiday on Cat'-Paw IV hanging from the light in their bedroom.
P.S. Photographing them was quite a challenge, thanks to Angela and Jen who held up the backdrop to give you an idea what they looked like.