DIY…Puppet master

Rainy days. When you live in Northern Europe, you have plenty of those. If we don’t fancy a tour in our wellies, we whip out the creative stuff and see what we can create.

This time, we ended up making a little family out of empty toilet rolls. I’ve been saving empty toilet rolls for a while now, so we have a huge batch of them. I find them suitable for loads of things; you can paint on them, cut them into pieces, or use them as the rolls they are.

Making puppets out of toilet rolls is a really easy and fun activity that lasts as long as your child can hold his or her concentration. In our case about 20 minutes. Here I just want to show you how easy it is to have some quality time with your child, using very ordinary stuff that you probably have lying around in your home.

You don’t need much, just a few empty toilet or kitchen towel rolls, glue, some fabric (scraps are perfect) a few goggly-eyes and a little yarn to make hair. We also had a few funny stickers shaped as hats, mustaches and candy. You can make it as crazy as you like; glitter, feathers, cotton balls, you decide. As long as you can glue or stick it onto the toilet rolls, you are good to go. Alternatively, if you don’t have any fabric, yarn or goggly-eyes or the likes lying around, you can just find a few markers or pencils and draw eyes and clothing on the rolls.

My 4-yo decided that she wanted to make a family of four, just as we are four in our household. I’d also saved a few empty kitchen towel rolls, and my girl decided that the mother of the family should be made from one of those big ones (Yes! Power to us mothers! And let’s not dwell too long on that cranky mouth, she apparently gave me… See picture below).

After about 20 minutes, the family was done. My girl really wanted to play with them, but we have no doll house. So I drew one on the big sheet of paper that I had put on the table to protect it.

As a bonus activity she colored the furniture in the house. I tried to draw some Danish design classics, such as the Verner Panton couches in the kitchen and his flower pot lamp, and the Børge Mogensen sofa on the first floor. That’s just my way of making it interesting for me too (even though I have to admit, that I am no genius with a pencil).