|Mushroom Cottage Dollhouse|
Made by Joel is a blog of a Portland artist that makes simple toys, many of paper that are tested on his own twins. My favorite is his Tumble Bunny. This is a variation of an age old toy and you can download for free the template.
|From Made by Joel|
|Marble racing mouse by The Toymaker|
In anticipation of kid time in AZ I got some paper toy goodies for play. One of my favorite artists, Sarah Jane Studios had a download for a paper theater and puppets for Peter and The Wolf.
I printed out two sets (still one price) and then laminated them at my local bookstore for only a dollar. I assembled them all but the sticks (bamboo kabob skewers with their points cut off) and bagged the whole thing. I ordered a CD of Peter and the Wolf so we were set! I loved this when I was in grade school and I think schools rarely use this anymore. (I'll repress a rant).
This was a hit with the seven year old. Our four year old listened and played with the puppets for a while but lost interest. Seven year old got it out on her own later and played with it on Sunday evening. Her Mom thought it was a wonderful Sunday activity. The littles Mom took their copy home to use later. Yeah!