As I’ve mentioned on this site several times before, the bedtime routine in our house is a constant losing battle. It’s not all bad, however. In fact, one of the small joys of my day is reading the kids a story before bed. Or, you know, reading to them when they’re supposed to go to bed, to be more specific.
We usually let B and J pick the books. Unsurprisingly, this has lead to some interesting selections. Take the other night, for example. It’s October and autumn is in the air, so that can only mean one thing…………it’s time for a Christmas story!!!!
Yep. B chose Franklin’s Christmas Gift, because, well, WTF.
Whatever, though. I read it, tucked B in, and left his room.
Minutes later, B came out of his room, holding three pieces of ripped up cardboard.
Inspired by this part in the Franklin book (NOTE: SPOILER ALERT! SKIP AHEAD IF YOU PLAN ON READING FRANKLIN’S CHRISTMAS GIFT AND DON’T WANT THE ENDING RUINED. OK, OK, I’M NOT SERIOUS. A SPOILER FOR THIS BOOK? HAHA. C’MON MAN! ):
B wanted me to make him a puppet show stage. With a door.
Now, the one thing I should note is that I have the artistic ability of Milhouse’s dad on The Simpsons.
On the other hand, I also didn’t want to say no, and disappoint B. I kinda worry that if I, the father figure in my childrens’ lives, reject them too much, they’ll start looking elsewhere for a strong male presence. Like, from a gang, or a group of travelling buskers, or something along those lines (Yes, I realize B and J aren’t even five and three years old yet. In my lame defense, gangs recruit ’em young, and I’ve seen some toddler-aged jugglers at fairs before. I think).
With that in mind, I got the creative juices flowing, and made a puppet show stage that you too can make for your kids!
1) A piece of cardboard, ripped into three pieces. Any cardboard will do. They’re little kids. They don’t really care. Despite owning a lot of toys, B found a chunk of cardboard in a set of new sheets that we bought. He had been having a blast playing with that, even after he ripped it up.
2) Masking tape.
3) A writing utensil. B had requested an orange crayon. After searching in vain for one, I remembered that I don’t live in a Crayola factory, so we settled on the next closest colouring device – a blue pen?!
1) Take two pieces of cardboard and fold them into L shapes.
2) Fasten the bottom parts of the Ls to the third piece of cardboard using the tape. Use as many strips of tape as needed, until it forms a sorta firm U shape.
3) Hand the stage back to your kid. Give them the writing utensil and tell them to decorate it.
If you’re lucky, your stage will look like this (please, hold your applause):
Yo, what did you expect? A mini Apollo Theatre? I told you that I suck, artistically. We don’t even own puppets, so creating an elaborate stage for non-existent puppets is weaksauce, for real.
Besides, the only opinion that matters is B’s. And he…….didn’t seem to hate it. I heard him playing with the crappy, sorry-looking taped up cardboard contraption for a bit. Aw, kids. They’re so easily amused sometimes. Anyway, eventually, he passed out for the night, instead of running off and joining a gang or a group of buskers. So to me, this craft is a win. Holla!