How to Catch a Hamster

Have you got a Hamster? Does it like to play Houdini and regularly escape? When your Hamster escapes, do you turn the house upside down and STILL don’t find it? Well… we have a new Hamster.. and he LOVES TO ESCAPE. We try very hard to keep the cage as secure as possible, but hey.. the minute he sniffs and opportunity he is off and then we simply cannot find our hamster! As we have two cats in the house too, this poses rather a problem!

Luckily we keep our Hamster in the living room with the door shut tightly at night (well, we hope he can’t get out of the living room too). So hopefully that means our escaped hamster is nice and safe from the cats in there.

The kids set to work to build a HAMSTER TRAP. This is how to catch a Hamster when he has escaped!!

How to Catch a Hamster (it really works)

We filled a bucket with some of our hamster’s bedding. Added a bowl of his normal food and a small dish or treats (cheese, dog biscuit, an apple slice). We also added a TP Roll, so he could hide away should we finally catch him.

Then the kids set to work with their DUPLO LEGO… and converted a Duplo LEGO house that they had already made, into a staircase…

The idea being – the escaped hamster climbs the stairs, slides into the bucket to get the food and then can’t get out.

What happened next with our Hamster Trap

Our hamster trap was humoured by daddy, inspected by the neighbours and poo-pooed on social media.. “it well never work”. “you must start looking for him” “that’s the last you will have seen of him” “I warned you” and so on…. But I had faith.

And we also had patience. Our hamster, like all hamsters, is most active at night time, so I didn’t expect anything to happen during the day. Or early evening… and then… at 2am…. Hubby heard something… went to check and THERE HE WAS! A bit distressed at being caught, but safe! Food in a muddle and upturned and scrabbling away, but well! He gently tipped the bucket to let him rush into his cage and the job was done.

Here the children, tell you about what happened and share their hamster trap – demo-ing the nightly wanderings with the help of our stuff toy Sniffles.

Good luck with your pet!! Let us know how you got on!!

Gardening With Kids – Reason 1

This is my first reason for gardening with kids: so they don’t poison themselves.

One thing I love doing with the children every year, is grow our own vegetables. I grew up rather ignorant to what pretty much any plant looked liked (ok, I could recognise a tree and knew what a flower was), but landed in hospital aged 5, because I ate “beans” from the garden in our newly purchased house. They were not “beans”, but a just a bean like “fruit” that a bush in our new garden grew. As a reward, I got to throw up all night in a paper bowl in the chlildren’s ward. And when ever I see said bush (it has a bright yellow flower), I always think about throwing up. Nice. Especially since my parent’s lived in that house a total of 35yrs and that bush always stayed there.

I learnt my lesson.

I would prefer for my children’s lesson to be a bit more pleasant.

So we grow things. Or at least try to with varying degrees of success. It is still great though and so far the children like it (they are only 4 and 2 – they like everything I do)!

So we grow:

  • Tomatoes (usually the most successful, though sometimes they don’t turn red, so we make Green Tomato Chutney)
  • Carrots (usually rather small, non the less they are fun to pull out of the ground)
  • Strawberries (tons of them and keeps the kids happy)
  • Blueberries (we don’t actually have to do much, save for say “ooh and aaah” and then “mmh”)
  • Lettuce (though I have given up on that, no one eats it)
  • Courgettes (I love courgettes and we have grown monsters. Still a bit hit and miss though)
  • Spring Onions (for daddy)
  • Beans (though I regularly fail)
  • Potatoes/ Jerusalem potatoes (though not every exciting, they take forever and it is all underground! And we first started these when we were challenged by innocent to grow jerusalem potatoes)

You can also “Get Crafty” when you do gardening. Each year we make our own seedling pots, we started a garden journal and made super duper easy and quick stone plant markers.

And now at least we know what the above plants (roughly) look like! And I warn the children regularly about the perils of eating things unknown.

Reasons to garden 1: don’t poison yourself.

Great reasons to get gardening with kids, don’t you think?

More good reasons to come soon!