Some days you need to pull out something magical. Something that will wow your kids into submission and get them all sitting quietly doing instead of running around the house fighting. The older my kids get, the fewer of these tricks I have left, but the other day, with rain induced anarchy threatening to take over I decided it was time to break one of the remaining items from my bag of Mummy tricks.
I cut some long thin strips from our Ikea paper roll, found scissors for everyone, and got out the tub of markers and then I sat down. That was all it took to entice the big kids and they came over to watch as I folded the strip of paper, concertina style, and drew a funny looking person on the front. Before I began to cut the girls had figured out my magic…
“Oh I know this, you are making a paper doll!”
They watched as I cut, showing them that you needed to leave the hands and feet attached to the edges of the folded paper, and then carefully, carefully we unfolded the paper and dazzled the four year old boy…
“Wow!” was all he could say at first then…. “Make me one!”
It took the girls a few goes to figure out how to draw their shapes and cut them so they would be joined together in a string, but they got the hang of it and designed their own chains of people, flowers and hearts.
It was too tricky for the big boy to draw or cut out the shapes, so he told me what he wanted, I drew and cut and then he carefully unfolded them, and decorated them.
Paper dolls are not rocket science, but they kept my kids entertained and stopped World War 3 breaking out at our house for at least an hour!