Week Six was lots of fun! We made all sorts of puppet themed projects, so there was a lot of make believe happening at our house. Overall - it was a success, but after last week's major fail...it could really only get better.
Doorway Puppet Theatre
I saw a very cute doorway puppet theatre on Pinterest and I was inspired to make one with some left over fabric that I had in my craft room. The best part about this project is that I had everything except the tension rod, so the total cost for this project was $4. If you can measure your doorway and sew a straight line, you can make this. You could probably also make a new sew version, but I wanted to make sure it could stand up to a little (or a lot) of play. This took me about 3 hours to finish...with some "help" from Nicole. It probably would have gone a bit faster without soo much help, but it is fun to have someone think you are such a genius. (I'm really soaking that up while it lasts.)
Paper Bag Puppets
These were really fun and simple to put together. I found this group of 4 farm animals in the Silhouette Online store and then sized them to fit on the paper bags. I cut out all of the pieces using my Silhouette and then Nicole put them together. She even used my Cuttlebug to emboss some of the pieces. She LOVES using it and then telling me how strong she is.
I have been looking forward to these all summer. My Jama (my grandma) and I made these one summer when I stayed with her, and we had so much fun. She bought me a kit that had all sorts of fun supplies and clothing patterns, but we went through the supplies so quickly that we had to go back to the craft store for more! You can make the doll clothes out of soo many different things. When I made them as a child, we used tissue paper - which works great! I made some a few years ago for our Christmas tree using THESE patterns from Martha Stewart. They turned out so cute and I would show them to you, but they are packed away with my ornaments.
Nicole was little to young to do this by herself, but she had lots of fun going through my tulle and ribbon scraps to pick out their dresses. Of course she requested "princess" dolls. Her requests started getting more and more complicated, so I distracted her with snack time.
She also requested Smurf dolls. We went to see the brand new Pooh Bear movie last weekend, and she saw a preview for the new Smurf movie...she's now obsessed. :)
I've been trying to pick out a few letters each week to practice with Nicole and this week we made it into a game. I put all the ice cream cones and popsicles stickers into a pile and Nicole then attached them to the correct letter. I've seen a few other letter games that I think we might try, so I'll let you know if any of them are hits.