Communicating Through Small Plastic Animals

Everyday I ask my kids the same questions: “Did you flush?”, “Did you brush?”, “Do you know what a napkin is?” – it goes on and on. I wonder if they even hear my words. When it comes to communicating with children, I think it helps to create an element of humor and surprise. Here’s a trick to get their attention – all you’ll need is a bag of plastic animals, an X-Acto knife and something to say.

I know my kids have discovered one of my notes when I hear them laughing from another room – which is so much better than getting into an argument over something stupid.

For l'toilettes.

You can pick up a bag of plastic animals for about $6.00 or less at craft or toy stores. Using an X-Acto knife, make a deep, yet very small v-shaped cut into the mouth of the plastic animal.

The angle of the cut should be large enough so you can insert the card, but small enough to hold the card in place.

These also make great place card holders for a party – kids of all ages can play with the animals at the table.

We’re listening to OK Go today.


  1. Sylvie Créative  June 26, 2011

    So funny and clever way to communicate with them!

  2. fee@chippernelly  June 26, 2011

    love this! think I might be shouting ‘FLUSH’ for a good few years yet!
    fee x

  3. Bethany  June 26, 2011

    I have a feeling this might work on husbands, too. 🙂

  4. Michele Pacey  June 26, 2011

    What a cool idea!

    And that video was amazing too. It looked like it was all done in one take which is impressive!

  5. catie  June 26, 2011

    clever, clever!

  6. Ali  June 26, 2011

    That is hilarious 🙂 Great idea.

  7. Jill  June 27, 2011

    What a great tip! I’ll be using this for sure!

  8. Kristel  June 27, 2011

    L’idée des animaux est géniale!

  9. Rachel  June 27, 2011

    This is the cutest thing I’ve seen all week. I can’t wait to do this! I’ll be linking as well. Thanks for the darling idea!

    • camilla  June 28, 2011

      Thanks Rachel!

  10. Peaches  June 28, 2011

    You clever thing! So smart!!! Could see this for placecards or name tags…but I love the fact that you leave notes. My parents did that too. Here I am as an adult and I still leave sticky notes all over the house. It works!

  11. Jenny  June 28, 2011

    This is awesome! Sounds like a whimsical way to sneak in small lunchbox notes as well.

  12. Bonnie@WhatAboutPie  June 28, 2011

    This is absolutely charming and fantastic!!!!!! I love it! I know my kids will love it for sure. It’s funny, cause I feel the same way, I think all I do is ask them, “did you do this or did you do that”…oh man, I can’t wait to pick up a bag of plastic farm animals!!! fun project! yay!

  13. jane  June 29, 2011

    this is such a good idea 🙂 my friend Fee told me about this and I had to pop over to see for myself
    Brilliant x x x x x x x

  14. Silvia  June 29, 2011

    Your idea is genius! I was giggling reading it through (and I’m 23.. aehm)! I?ll start working in a kidergarten soon so, this tip is much more that appreciated!
    (The ok go are just hilarious).

  15. sabrina  June 29, 2011

    awesome! I think I’m going to put these into use in my house!

  16. Michelle  June 29, 2011

    Thanks for the fab idea! I haven’t laughed this hard in a long time! I imagine a herd of tiny pigs will be scolding my messy kids soon…

  17. Jana @ The Summer House  June 30, 2011

    I adore this idea. I’m going to buy some plastic animals and Army men the next time I’m at the store. I think my teens would love these.
    xo Jana

  18. Darcie  July 2, 2011

    I absolutely love this idea. I’m wondering if my girls will want to write messages back to me….and what will they say?

  19. Stacy Orndorff  July 4, 2011

    Oh my goodness!!! I work part-time sitting in home with a man that has Alzheimer’s. He LOVES playing with plastic farm animals and he communicates well through written notes. IS THIS PERFECT OR WHAT??? Thank you so much.

    I found you through “One Pretty Thing” Daily DIY. I would love to link back to this for my blog after I get an animal ready for his notes.

    • camilla  July 4, 2011

      Stacy – that is wonderful to hear – how special! Feel free to link back – I would love to see the post when it is live. Thanks and take care, Camilla

  20. Michelle  July 19, 2011

    Oh that’s so fun and clever. I bet the kiddos love it!

  21. dina  July 19, 2011

    I loved! A good idea!

  22. Pumpkinbear  August 2, 2011

    So fun! And it really doesn’t damage the animals, either, so they’re still fun to play with.

  23. brassydel  August 13, 2011

    Found you via Pinterest and just wanted to say that I LOVE the idea! My oldest is only 2, so no reading yet. Do you think I could use these for my husband, though? 😉

  24. Katrina  August 20, 2011

    so cute…now to wait until my kids can read.

  25. Heather  August 22, 2011

    I wonder if my husband will find this as adorable as I do when I leave him a note about his socks in the middle of the floor. I must choose the right animal messenger, I think. 🙂

  26. Heather - Dollar Store Crafts  August 26, 2011

    This is so cute. I’m linking at Dollar Store Mom on 8/29.

  27. Christen  January 6, 2012

    love them as a place card! sheer genius. I linked this on my blog today with some other cute animals:

  28. Marilyn  May 28, 2012

    I love it – I’m going to make this for a special gift for the kids next door.

  29. Marilyn  May 28, 2012

    I had just commented, but I have to tell you this made me laugh and smile so much so I had to comment again.

  30. Lisa  September 21, 2012

    What an awesome idea! 🙂 Love it!

  31. Nisha  May 20, 2013

    smart idea, haha. these are fun, funny, cute, and getting the point across – all at the same time =))