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14 Feb, 2014

Something new. Starring Piper!

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Easy ways to make kids happy|Multimedia experiments|Oh! Things!

It’s Valentine’s Day, and we woke up to the sound of a squirrel desperately trying to gnaw its way out through our rafters. The bad news is that it was trapped in there for a couple of days. The good news is that it has been removed. Still alive. But I shudder to think about the damage it has wrought in there. Gah.

At this point I figure my day just HAS to get better, right?

Over the past few years we’ve undertaken some creatively kid-friendly projects here at Casa Fishbowl. We’ve written stories about spiders, composed tandem stories on long car rides, constructed our own mini books, made stop-motion animations, we’ve interviewed ourselves and jotted down the results…. and remember Stealth Poetry? That was fun. When I think about it in hindsight I realize that all of these things are related. I never intended any of these things to be very academic but they’ve always been about literacy in a way. Sidebar: I am very proud to say that we have two fantastically creative young writers in the house now. I don’t know if all of those projects were a factor or if they just see their mum writing all the time, but this is where we are now and I couldn’t be happier.

I wanted to share a neat little project the girls and I started recently because it combines a few of my favourite things: photography, writing, and Piper.

Piper now has her own Instagram account. Yes really. You can find it right here. I know she’s not the only dog in town who is on Instagram, but that is neither here nor there. She has her own things to say.

Bone time!

I’m not sure where the narrative is going. So far it’s been a lot of selfies and posts about her favourite things, but I do see this as the beginning of a fun collaborative multimedia project. What does a dog think about? How can those thoughts and ideas be expressed through writing and photography? What’s for dinner?

I foresee a potentially interesting future for this project, I just hope Piper doesn’t get too big for her britches. :)

2 Responses to "Something new. Starring Piper!"

1 | Alexa Clark

March 19th, 2014 at 10:33 am


um, so Piper has an instagram account but do you? Trying to tag you but can’t find a handle. instagram.com/lexnger is me.

2 | andrea tomkins

March 20th, 2014 at 3:56 pm


Yes! Although Piper is more popular than I am. I am on Instagram as ‘quietfish’ !

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