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Iceland – Puffins, puffins, puffins

Puffin done
Around the World in 12 Dishes

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(March 16, 2014) When you think of Iceland, what do you think of? Glaciers, geothermal wells, volcanoes and – puffins! Nico decided that puffins were his favourite animals (for at least three days!), so we wanted to dig a little deeper and found a craft, several books and two DVDs about puffins.

To add to our dish, we wanted to do a little more about the country we are visiting and emptied out the library for Iceland related books, DVDs and also wanted to do a craft.

On LearnCreateLove Valerie found a really cute template of a puffin craft for Nico to make, which Nico was really eager to do, even though he had not been very enthusiastic about crafts of late…

Puffin painting
To start out Nico painted the puffin and honestly, he did the best job painting something with lines ever! Of course we had to wait for it to dry, since he is always very, eh, generous with the applied paint, so we cut the pieces for him to be able to assemble them the next day.

Puffin assembling
Then he glued the puffin together with just a little help from Maman,…

Puffin done
…and he was proud to have done a whole puffin :)

Iceland DVDs

The DVDs we found are part of three series, “Are we There Yet? World Adventure” (Season 2, Episode 15), “World of Wonders – On Puffin Patrol” and “My Life on the Farm – Svanborg on Iceland” and they give some nice insight into the life on the island and there are a few quite amazing facts you will learn, Nico loved them all!

Iceland books

Welcome Back, Puffin! by Dawn Bentley (Amazon Canada link)
A puffin returns to the island it had hatched to lay her own egg. The story follows how they take care of their baby puffin!

The Problem with Chickens by Bruce McMillan (Amazon USA link / Amazon Canada link)
A hilarious story about chickens that forget to be chickens and how the women of Iceland tricked them to remember they were birds!

Nothing like a Puffin by Sue Soltis (Amazon USA link / Amazon Canada link)
In this book we get to know several things that are little bit like a puffin, some more, some less, but that in the end there is nothing like a puffin.

Puffin Peter by Petr Horacek (Amazon USA link / Amazon Canada link)
A very cute book about a puffin named Peter that gets lost at sea and with the help of a whale finds other birds, but none of them are his friend Paul… Will he find him again?

Vigfus the Viking by David Sacks (Amazon USA link / Amazon Canada link)
Our second non-puffin related book shows us what it would look like, if some “traditional” Vikings arrived in modern day New York and how very un-Viking modern society is.

He loved all the puffin books, we had to read him the chicken book ten times and even though he originally did not want anything to do with the Vigfus book, I managed to read it to him once and he ended up enjoying it as well!

Just like in the past two seasons, we also have our colouring placemat and four-page passport to add to your Icelandic experience and since this is the first country of season 3, we also have our passport cover page for you!

Check the other blogs of “Around the World in 12 Dishes” for their Icelandic creations:

Adventures In Mommydom, Afterschool for Smarty Pants, All Done Monkey, Crafty Moms Share, Maroc Mama, Glittering Muffins, Kid World Citizen, Mermaids’ Makings, The Mommy Talks and The Usual Mayhem.

If you do this, we’d LOVE to see a photo of it. Email it to us or post it on our Facebook page. We’d love to do a Facebook album, a Pinterest board and a page of your creations :)

Please link up your Icelandic dish and/or craft in our linky below, we would love to see it!


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