A household with an 8-year-old, 10-year-old, and 14-year old bounding up and down the halls generates an energy all its own and proud parent Perrin Kliot set out to find little ways to keep his children laughing and engaged.
Kliot, co-owner of Lacis in Berkeley (if you’re good with your hands and find joy in working with rare textiles and bobbins and such, Lacis is for you), knows that children like to be surprised and delight in finding humor in improbable places.
So he set out to do what any devoted parent would do, he went to work booby trapping his home with fanciful creatures and creations for his children, delighting in their reactions.
“I love finding creative ways to surprise them when they least expect it,” Perrin wrote. “I can’t take full credit for the ideas but I have a way of pushing things way beyond the limit..”
That approach led to the creation of a googly-eyed cast of characters which have taken up residence in the Kliot’s refrigerator as well as periodic rubber ducky parades – which tend to pop up where and whenever the ducks’ mood suits them.
If you’ve ever found yourself sculpting a smiley face in a baloney sandwich or going the extra mile to make your kid laugh at his doting – but still weird – parent. Send us a picture. We’d like to see what you’ve come up with.