If I had to pick just one craft to do with my kids for the rest of time, this would probably be the one.
And my kids share the obsession. I pick up peg people when I house clean like other families pick up Legos.
Creating peg dolls is quiet work that engages the imagination and the hands. The children and I sit around the table, quietly visiting and working on our own creations and soon a peaceful, imaginative hour (or two) has passed. It is magical.
Creating a plaything is satisfying work for a child of any age, and I find peg dolls are a suitable for a three year old as a ten year old. And for their play-value, a homemade peg doll can't be beat. They are open-ended, natural, and oh-so-simple. What's not to love?
Last year I was honored to be asked by fellow blogger and long-time Clean reader Margaret Bloom to contribute a few wooden peg dolls to her book, Making Peg Dolls. We were of course honored and the children I both sent some dolls to be included.
Last week when the book finally arrived, how tickled everyone was to see their very own peg people in this gorgeous hardcover book! Such fun for us all.
But that was only the beginning. Margaret's projects are lovely. While I am not often inspired to follow a pattern per-se, I still found the book to be brimming with beautiful, inspiring projects. And for someone looking for a step-by-step this book is an absolute treasure.
Each page is magical and will light a creative spark in you and your child.
Indeed, we all got lost in – and inspired by – the projects in Making Peg Dolls. Lupine made up a bright little song for every page ("We are the bumblebee babies! We are bumblebees three…") and before long the kids hurried off to gather supplies. Then we all set to work.
Oh, my. Look at all of those friends! Such fun.
Making Peg Dolls is without a doubt a lovely, inspiring craft book. For all ages.
Oh! And what have we here? A copy just for you! Margaret sent me an extra book to share with one lucky reader. Just add your name to the comments below to be entered to win! I'll close comments and select a winner on Monday.
Comments are now closed. And the winner is Lisa who said:
"I would love to be so lucky as to win a copy – such inspiration! Lovely!"