While we were in Kansas City a few weeks ago Dave's mom brought out her old Fisher-Price Little People School House for Emmet to play with. I played with one similar to it at my best friend's house growing up and it brought back so many memories! Emmet absolutely loved playing with it too! He pushed the little people on the swings and asked them if they were okay when they fell off.
When we got home Emmet started to ask Henry if he was okay and to say that he was okay too. I loved that he had a chance to practice human interaction and build his vocabulary with Terri's dolls so I decided to make him a set to have at home! I found some natural unfinished wooden peg dolls on amazon and got to work! They were super easy to make and Emmet has already had so much fun playing with them.
To make your wooden peg dolls:
1. Decide which skin color you'd like your peg doll to have. Either leave the wood plain on the head OR paint it lighter or darker to change the skin color. Let Dry.
2. Paint the body. Use a paint brush to carefully paint one to two layers of paint from the seam at the neck down to the bottom. Let dry.
3. Paint on any larger details.. Add bows, collars, stripes, polka dots, anything to add interest to your little doll. Let Dry.
4. Paint on the hair. Draw it on with pencil first or free hand it, leave space on the front for a face and paint the hair line in. See dolls for ideas! Let Dry.
5. Use a paint pen to add tiny details; buttons, hair bows, tiny polka dots and stripes. DO NOT ADD THE EYES YET. I found out that drawing with the paint pen straight on the wood causes the paint to bleed. Let Dry.
6. Seal it with Mod Podge. Paint the body with mod podge first, let dry. Paint the head with mod podge second, let dry.
I even made Emmet a little set of our family! I think my little Henry with his tiny hair tuft might be my favorite peg doll of them all.
And now my head is whirling with ideas for how to take this further...