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Dr. Seuss’s Thing

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In honor of Dr. Seuss Birthday today  we made some “Thing” pencils.  When I was little I think they were called ‘Worry Pencils.’

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Do you remember them and what they were called?  You smooth out the hair and then you quickly roll the pencil between your hands and the hair flairs out.

I thought they would be perfect to go along with the ‘Thing’ in the Dr. Seuss book.

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I looked everywhere for blue fur and the best I could do was this scarf from the $$ store. I easily found the white fur at JoAnn’s.

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I cut a piece of fur about 2″ X 4″.  When cutting make sure you only cut the back of the fabric, this will allow the fur to remain long. Using a low temp glue gun (so kids can help with supervision) hot glue the fur to the pencil.

thing-pencil-3Roll the fur around the pencil and fasten off at the bottom with a dot of hot glue.  Next add some wiggly eyes and the ‘Thing’ is finished!

thing-pencil-4Roll quickly between your hands to give the ‘Thing’ a wild do!

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If you would like a sweet treat to celebrate. Becky H. sent me these pictures of the Cat in the Hat cupcakes.  She said, “I used a mini cupcake for the head, but you could also use a doughnut hole.  The had is a marshmallow glued on with frosting.  The eyes and nose are M&M’s.  The whiskers and hat stripes are just frosting that I tinted and piped on.  The original called for twizler type candy, but I had a hard time getting it to curl around the hat and stay there even with gobs of frosting, so the piping was much easier for me.”

cake-decorating-001Don’t forget to whip up some Oobleck and make a cool Cat in the Hat hat!

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