Tuesday, February 3, 2009

A Bug Is Born

I don't know if you've been to Chick-fil-A recently, but I feel the need to warn you: do not, under any circumstances, buy the kid's meal.

It all started with an innocent lunch out last week. We're big fans of Chick-fil-A around here as it includes a nice play place that isn't dirty, overrun with mowgli children (other than my own), or inviting to any suspicious lurkers. Stephanie, my sister, had an extra toy left over from her daughter's meal, as Ella's still too young to appreciate it (I don't typically buy Chick-fil-A's kid's meals because of milk allergy issues). Usually we're all very excited when Ezra gets Chick-fil-A toys because they're educational *and* entertaining (which believe you me, is very hard to find). Most boys collect baseball cards, but not Ezra, Ezra collects Chick-fil-A cards on space, bugs, and other educational topics (even the more eyebrow-raising because he's three and can't yet even read what's on the cards).

Back to the topic at hand...right now, the kid's meal includes cardboard cut-outs of different bug body parts (in this particular case, a bee). You're supposed to pop the parts out of the cardboard and follow the directions while folding and tucking the parts together. Then Vualah!: A Bug Is Born. Simple, right?

Wrong.

These are the instructions:



This is the end product:


This little beauty took me just over 45 minutes to make. That's right, just a quarter shy of a entire hour. I put Georgia's entire wood doll cradle together faster than I did a measly cardboard bee. Not only was it time consuming, it was hard. Really, REALLY hard. I almost gave up half a dozen times, but Ezra's poor little excited face was just more than I could handle. He kept checking up on me to see if his stupid bee was done. So there I was, sitting in the middle of the living room at 9:30am in my pajamas with scraggly hair, glasses on, and no end in sight.

After the ridiculously complex origami was over and the bee was done, Ezra gleefully began flying it around in the air while shouting, "Mom, I'm buzzing Georgia, I'm buzzing Georgia!"

Was it worth it?

Not at all. Avoid it like the friggin' plague.


ps-the bug lasted approximately 20 minutes before it fell to pieces. I can't say I'm all that suprised. Are you?

12 comments:

Nate and Julie said...

That is so funny! Chase got that exact toy about a month and a half ago, and he looked at it and said "I don't want it". So, we threw it away. I'm glad we didn't try to make that thing. Better luck next time!

Monica said...

We got the butterfly a month or so ago. I made Aaron put it together. You have to admit it looks pretty cool all put together. It's not really one to play with though. I'd agree though, probably not worth it. :)

Adi ^_^ said...

It looks cool all put together, but as a children's toy... no way. Don't they know how hard children are on plastic toys let alone paper ones? I'm impressed that you did it though. I would have lost patience and tossed it. ^_^

(BTW... Where did you go on MBR?)

Alabama Apples said...

You crack me up! I'm impressed you kept working on it. I would have handled the beastie's tears like the mean mother i am and tossed it out! Of course for Ez, I'd have stuck with it! ;)

coty said...

McDonald's had these cardboard castles...they were fantastic and looked oh-so-cool...
still, i hear ya on taking FOREVER to put something together (e.g. and exact replica of the log cabin on the front of the lincoln log box, uuugghh) it never NEVER lasts more than about 30 minutes around here.

Jessica & Justin said...

Uh...I'll take your word for it!! :) Just wanted you to know you are missed.

Nathan and Esther said...

20 minutes is about 15 minutes longer than i figured it would last.

Kaila said...

Time well spent--now you have a bee that you didn't have before right?

Gretch said...

Gotta love the things we do for our kids! Hopefully the 20 minutes of entertainment was worth it. ha ha ha

BTW-I love your blog it is oh so entertaining!

sharon said...

Whit, If the kids are interested in bugs take them out to the insect adventure, out by the OBGA botanical gardens. They love for kids to come out there! I'm not sure if you have to make an apt., but drive out there and someone should be there. The building is right before the creek across from the pigs. Forget the fake stuff go for the real bugs!!

Smiley Family said...

I agree - so not worth it! We have only gone to Chick-fil-A a few times and we have always gotten a book - a much, much better prize.

kyle canaan said...

hey whitney it's kyle canaan! are you still here in stillwater?? you should email me sometime we got lots to talk about!