Wednesday, April 3, 2013

straw, wood, and brick: a peg doll swap!



 A symptom of the sad state of the world these days is the absence of fun mail: letters and cards in colourful envelopes, and paper-wrapped parcels! When I trek down to our yellow mailbox each day, I remember being a teenager. I was a prolific letter-writer and walked to the post office every day, confident that I would find at least one letter with my name on it. Nowadays, it's just bills and grocery store flyers. 

Imagine the excitement, then, of opening a small parcel yesterday, to find these beautiful, hand-made playthings! Amanda of By Hook and Thread was one of my partners in a swap orchestrated by the lovely Peggy Bloom.
The little houses knock my socks off! Little hands of all ages have reenacted and retold this familiar tale when the sun was barely above the horizon. I love the various levels of confidence on the porcine faces! And isn't the wolf as lovable as he is menacing?

And of course, being me, I'm imagining creating sets of similar "retell-aids" for my classroom. Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel...the possibilities are truly endless! I'm picturing them all stacked up in cute little containers, clearly labelled, ready for little hands to show me how they can retell a familiar story. 

Thank you, Amanda, for sharing your beautiful creative skills with our family! And thank you also for the little extras you included!

8 comments:

  1. Love these so much! I've got to get on board with one of these swaps in the future!

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  2. Those are so cool! Endless fun really!

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  3. THese are so cute! I guess I'd better get in on this peg doll mania since we have a toddler in our life who might like these story-telling aids one day soon. So much nicer than plastic and the homemade aspect can't be beat!

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  4. Oh my gosh - what a wonderfully clever play set! I love the pigs' different facial expressions too. So fun!

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  5. Awesome, awesome. And yes, endless possibilities and hours of fun. I have one grandson in particular who would LUV these. (my mail very rarely has fun stuff these days either but gee, doesn't a nice card or handwritten note just make your day?!) ~Paula

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  6. I love those! This is probably a silly question, but where do you get the pegs? I haven't seen them over here (Australia), but then I haven't exactly gone searching...

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  7. I miss fun mail too! I used to love getting the mail and now nothing fun ever arrives! What a treat to get such fun items in the mail. I can imagine that these will be played with for many, many years to come!

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