How To Sew A Small Doll By Hand

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25Apr
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How to sew a small doll by hand No. 21 in the 30 Days of Dolls Series: ‘The Fonz’   Isn’t it funny how crafty projects can take on a life of their own? I know that each doll I’ve been making of late has begun life as a ‘project’, and has morphed into a ‘personality’ or a ‘character’.  This…

Paper Finger Puppet Dolls For Storytelling

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1Mar
Finger Puppet Dolls For Storytelling

30 Days of Dolls: Paper finger puppet dolls for storytelling No. 12: A Finger Family for Nursery Rhyme Fun In my quest to make a variety of dolls in this 30 days of dolls series, I wanted to be sure to make dolls out of all kinds of materials. Doll making doesn’t have to be limited to using fabric or…

Reindeer Toys For Kids Imaginative Play And Christmas Games

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12Nov
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Reindeer Toys for Kids Make your own set of Reindeer puppets for storytelling and play fun! Project 12 of 30 Days of Christmas Crafting.   Following on from yesterday’s Standing Doll Elf, here is another Christmas inspired standing doll puppet toy. I LOVE this guy. He makes my heart melt. He’s making Ned’s heart melt too. Even Jack was trying…

How To Make A Free Standing Doll Elf For Christmastime

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11Nov
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How To Make A Free Standing Doll Elf For Christmastime Puppetry, Storytelling, Play and Christmas Fun… Project 11 of 30 Days of Christmas Crafting.   Last month, in the 30 days of Dolls series, I showed you how to make a standing doll flower fairy. I love this very basic concept of using a tube of felt with a flat…

How To Make A Standing Doll For Play Using Felt

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15Oct
How To Make A Standing Doll For Play Using Felt

How to make a standing doll for play using felt No. 19 in the 30 Days of Dolls Series: Lovely Flower Girl   I’ve been making simple standing dolls ever since I started working in a Waldorf kindergarten. Some were huge, standing at least 30-35 cm tall. (In hindsight, a big dud.) Others were tiny and cute, only 5 or…

The Neighbourhood Street Library sharing the love of books and reading

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4Oct
The Neighbourhood Street Library sharing the love of books and reading

The Neighbourhood Street Library Sharing the love of books and reading   My friend Felicity is a dreamer, and a sharer of ideas. She is also a giver, and someone who lives and breathes community. Last year, Felicity decided to put one of her ideas into action. She asked her friend’s dad to make her a wooden waterproof library cupboard,…

How To Make Felt Finger Puppets For Kids: Jester pattern

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2Oct
How To Make Felt Finger Puppets For Kids

30 Days of Dolls: How to make felt finger puppets for kids No. 13: Finger-walking Jester Doll   Another way you can make a finger puppet is to use your fingers as the legs, just like this guy. I’ve made these before using paper too, but this felt version is much more robust. And of course, you can change his…

The Art Of Storytelling For Adults

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22Sep
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The Art Of Storytelling For Adults Byron Shire Storytellers Event, September 21st 2013   The story is told eye to eye, mind to mind and heart to heart. Scottish Traveller Proverb c/o Storytree Since I separated earlier this year, Ned has been going to his daddy most Saturday nights. I’ve been using this time to catch up on work and blogging…

How to make a doll with wooden beads

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11Sep
How to make a doll with wooden beads

30 Days of Dolls: How to make a doll with wooden beads  No. 11: A little rainbow elf to guard your keys   I made this little guy recently to hang alongside my keys. He injects a nice little bit of rainbow into my office. I kind of like that. I’m a rainbow girl at heart. Big, vibrant rainbows. Not…

3. Painted Peg Doll Fun

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3Sep
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30 Days of Dolls: Painted Peg Doll Fun No. 3: Peg Doll Girl in a Winter Coat   I love peg dolls. They remind me of stories of Old England, as children sat by the fire crafting, knitting or making peg dolls with mama and grandma on cold frosty evenings, music playing on the gramophone. In the days before television,…

2. DIY Crafts: Wool Fleece Puppet Doll

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2Sep
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30 Days of Dolls: Seymour Sprite No. 2: DIY Crafts- Make your own fairy garden friend toy/puppet   Making simple dolls or teddies must be one of the most popular forms of DIY crafts. I know it is one of mine. This little guy is called Seymour Sprite, named Seymour because he is from the “moors by the sea”. He…

1. King Sun Puppet For Simple Story Telling at Home or Preschool

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1Sep
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30 Days of Dolls: King Sun Puppet No. 1: Simple Storytelling Puppet & for imaginative play   This month, I’ve set myself the task of sharing some of the simple dolls I’ve created or discovered over the past 15-odd years as an early childhood teacher. I’ve made many of these again and again – for my children at home, for…

Kids Nature Crafts- 30 great ideas and activities

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30Aug
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Here’s a round-up of the 30 Kids Nature Crafts featured on Parenting Fun Everyday. Photos: left to right, top row – second row – bottom row   1. Easy flower craft for kids: Dancing Queen 2. Sweet Woodland Sprite Nature Craft 3. Bill muncher felt ball caterpillar peg 4. Mademoiselle Shell, a lovely doll mobile 5. Teaching painting to children and…