You know what they say–you can never have too many aardvarks. And I woke up this morning and realized I didn’t have any! There are many reasons that aardvarks are amazing. For one thing “aardvark” is pretty much the only word I can come up with off the top of my head that starts with two a’s. According to Wikipedia, the aardvark is the only living representative of the order Tubulidentata. And despite its modest size, weighing in at between 80 and 150 pounds, one of its closest relatives is the elephant! Some of you may know that I am a big fan of elephants. So today I am scouring etsy for ways to bring more aardvark into my life.
|Gretchen Oddvark by MrSogs|
Gretchen is the handiwork of Joelle Medici and can be adopted, along with lots of other fun soft sculptures from MrSogs. Although technically Gretchen is an Oddvark, rather than an aardvark, the enormous white blaze down her snout makes her irresistible.
|A is for Aardvark by Jhilldesign|
Since I am currently expecting my first child, I am always drawn to fun and interesting nursery items. This “A is for Aardvark” print from Jhilldesign is perfect for introducing the alphabet. And the skull-print motif will help introduce the concepts of personal mortality and inevitable decay to your two year old!
|Aardlark by maryjill|
And once you have used the “A is for Aardvark” print to introduce your children to the amazing diversity of animal life on planet earth, you can encourage their imaginations, or simply just confuse them, with this painting of an Aardlark by Mary Jill. According to the description, an Aardlark is half-aardvark, half-lark. “He sings sweetly, eats ants, but rips up your lawn!”