I don't know if it's the snowy weather, cabin fever, lack of vitamin D, or just my cooking, but for the last couple weeks the kids have been pretty grumpy. Lots of fighting and tears. Lots and lots. Lots, lots, lots. Wow.... lots.
I hope you get the picture.
We've been doing a whole bunch of, "say something nice about about the person you're fighting with!" You know you've been doing that excessively when they start to throw their heads back and roll their eyes.
That does help, but I finally put my foot down and told the kids we were going to do something together and hang it all, it was going to be fun and they were going to like it, or else!
Okay, I'm exaggerating... maybe.
Not really knowing what else to do, I turned to the only thing I knew would never fail me. Toilet paper rolls.
It's true. They've always been there for me.
We just kind of made this up as we went along and wha-do-ya know? We made little finger puppets!
I know I know. I won't be winning any prizes with these. But hey, I just pulled out whatever odd bits of this and that we had about and made do. I'm sure someone with a plan and a sewing machine could make something super cute. But then that would defeat the purpose of letting the kids make them themselves.
I did do all the prep work. Cut the TP rolls into fourths.
Hot glued the ends together to make cylinders that fit the kids little fingers perfectly.
Whipped out some scrap construction paper.
Then let the kids go all crazy creative.
I did help by hot gluing on googly eyes and pipe cleaners. The kids had fun just picking out how they wanted their puppets to look and decorating them.
Ah well, at least it was something, right?