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?
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?