My Two Things

by Petra Tkalčec on March 2, 2012

One of many reasons for trying to teach my son English is so he’d be able to read Dr. Seuss’s books. I am sure many of you would agree it is just not the same when translated.

And today is Dr. Seuss’s birthday!

Yesterday evening, P & I stood wondering

How did it get so late so soon?
Its night before its afternoon.

We sat there with Pavel

We sat there, we two.
And I said, “How I wish
We had something to do!”
So all we could do was to
Sit!
Sit!
Sit!
Sit!
And we did not like it.
Not one little bit.
And then
Something went BUMP!
How that bump made us jump!
We looked!
Then we saw him step in on the mat!
We looked!
And we saw him!
The Cat in the Hat!

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, more places you’ll go.

So we read…but this was still not the project I needed so badly to do for Dr Seuss Day.

Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if only you try!

I could always print out the Cat in the Hat and stick it to P’s T-Shirt, but I am not too fond of cartoon characters on clothing, or anything else to be honest. I am more for subtly pointing out the obvious.

I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!”
And really, my troubles were all gone when The Cat said:
I will pick up the hook.
You will see something new.
Two things. And I call them
Thing One and Thing Two.
These Things will not bite you.
They want to have fun.
Then, out of the box
Came Thing Two and Thing One!
And immediately it hit me. I have two boys. It is late. I need a project, and I need something easy, fast and funny.
From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere.
So after they went to bed, I made these:

I created a template in Picnik (if you are not already using it, don’t start now, because it is going away in April).

I printed them on iron-on paper. Don’t forget to print it in mirror image, otherwise it will be backwards, which can also be fun sometimes…

After that I only had to iron it on a white T-shirt and a onesie I had for the boys. It is really important to do the ironing on a stable surface, so you can press the iron as hard as you can. The harder you press it, the better the result will be. An ironing board is not the best choice, although I did this on an ironing board yesterday.

And here they are, on Dr. Seuss’s birthday. My Two Things :)

Will you try this?

If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.

All quotes in this blue Grinched font are originally from various Dr. Seuss books. Can you guess which ones?

And you can download the templates for these thing’s iron-ons here:

Thing1 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bagofpretty/6799790444/
Thing2 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bagofpretty/6945901637/

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I am Petra, a Croatian living in Budapest for many, many moons now. Mom to two little boys and an English bulldog. I am a master of typing with one hand while holding my baby in the other. I love to do stuff with my son, but I will occasionally sit him in front of a cartoon just to have some facebook time. Yes, I am bad that way. And I don’t sleep much, as someone so nicely put it: sleep is for people who don’t have Internet at home. For more of me you can visit my blog Bag of Pretty, like it on facebook or follow on twitter.