As we settle into our new digs, a routine is coming about. And even though we're not fully moved in (I know it's been 3 months, but we've been traveling A LOT), I'm seeing glimpses of a future where I have...FREETIME! It's been forever, guys, so I can barely contain myself!
I created Quiet Boxes for the kids (more on this soon), and for one of the boxes, I wanted a farmer. I couldn't find any Legos or Playskool of Toobs that fit the bill, though, so next step: homemade! I've been wanting to make peg dolls for awhile now, so this seemed like a great opportunity. And a farmer turned into a farming family (so as not to be sexist, of course), which then turned into a farming family, lest the children's feelings be hurt that they were not represented inside this family.
I originally set out specifically not to recreate our family, but I was still working after the kids woke up from naptime and Xavier adamantly requested specific hair colors for the little boy and Mama. Then India begged for the little girl to have pink hair. Seriously, guys, I wanted so badly to refuse, but I guess pink hair on a peg doll is actually the smallest concession I could ever make regarding hair color, so I finally agreed, painting over her blondish hair with a bubblegum pink. I cringed until I saw the smile on India's face.
Next, I took a Dollar Store box and painted the bottom like a little house. Using the lid as a roof, I considered myself done. For about five minutes, until I decided to add a hand-drawn interior scene to the inside of the box. And maybe some wooden farm animals and felt vegetables. But that's for next week. For now, I'm just going to sit back and enjoy the dolls - I've really grown attached to this mini-family.
And the kids seem to like them, too! Xavier didn't seem to know what to do with them, but we held them reverently during Quiet Box Time. India - well, she was creating little scenarios with various family members interacting with each other right from before they were even finished being painted. It's funny how sometime children need to be shown how to play with a toy and how sometimes it's like they've been waiting for just such a toy to manifest itself.
Have you ever made a peg doll? I'd love to see it if you have.