When my daughter was in second grade, they had a unit on rain forests. To culminate their studies, they had to choose an animal that lived in the Amazon rain forest and create a life-sized replica. They were going to turn their room into a makeshift rain forest zoo.
We had parent teacher conferences as the unit was kicking off. The teacher told us Miss K had chosen a butterfly. YES! I could help her make a life sized model of a butterfly. Easy peasy. Visions of food coloring and coffee filters held together with a fuzzy pipe cleaner (ahem, chenille stem nowadays)
As the unit progressed, I noticed other animals showing up in the classroom. Six foot python made out of dryer duct thingamajig. Birds, spiders, monkeys. It was awesome.
Two days before the animal was due, my daughter dropped the bombshell. She didn't have a butterfly. She'd chosen an okapi. Apparently the particular butterfly she'd chosen wasn't native to the rain forest so instead of picking a different one, she chose an okapi.
That led me to ask the following question:
WHAT THE HELL IS AN OKAPI AND HOW DO WE BUILD ONE?
Thank God for Google, that's all I have to say. THIS is an okapi:
Wasn't going to need any coffee filters after all.
I got some foam core, brown felt, stuffing, and zebra print ribbon. the goal was to cut two silhouettes out of the foam board, get them to stick together somehow, pad the makeshift skeleton with the stuffing and cover THAT with the brown felt. Good plan, right?
Except my silhouette had four legs...so by the time I attached the other one our okapi had EIGHT LEGS. I burst out laughing....we were all but done by the time I realized my design flaw. I just bound his legs together with the ribbon. So he looked a little silly....but daughterling loved him.
(Oh, and obviously we cheated on the life-size part since these suckers can be as tall as me!)
Hopefully I prove to be a better writer than I am okapi builder.
Do any of you have any help-the-kids-with-a-project gone awry?