Tuesday, October 13, 2009
What do you do when the weather has gone all dark and stormy? What do you do when the wee lass throws a drama of the utmost kind begging for a new princess to play with "the one with all the sparkly stuff, in a married dress and, and, pleeeeeeeze!"? What do you do when you tell the wee lass that perhaps she can put it on her list for holiday gifts and the suggestion causes even more drama? What do you do when an explanation about "a challenge of the utmost kind" falls on determinedly stubborn 4 year old ears?
You pull out some clothes pegs, a fine tip Sharpie pen (no craft paints on hand), and a bit of lace. Then you quickly bring to life Princess Peg, who then needs a Prince...and then as if by magic - wee lass spends the next few hours playing happily with The Royal Pegs. It doesn't even matter that Mama's drawing skills are less than.
...and Mama gets to enjoy her morning cuppa jo.
I must give thanks to the Aussie Waffler for the inspiration.
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Necessity is the mother of invention! And it just shows that actually children need very little in the way of props for imaginative games.
Just brilliant, mama! I bet she was delighted...
I adore those dolly pegs, and made many toys with them when I was little. I never offered them to my boys, which I regret. I know my mum had a set of dolly peg midshipmen from the Naval Academy (my dad was in the navy) which she hung on her Christmas tree, so there's nothing essentially feminine about them...
A great example of how to live the challenge, there - thanks!
They are so lovely! My son finds more pleasure in playing with an old large cardboard box than he does with some of his toys - my daughter was the same when she was younger. Those pegs remind me of when I was younger - I used to play with a big orange plastic bucket full of those pegs at my grandma's house - she had a lovely turquoise old fashioned round tub style washing machine complete with the mangle on the top which I always found fascinating when she mangled the clothes (she sometimes let me help with this!) Also, thank you for the comment re grandfather - that's very, very kind of you.
well...if that wasn't using your noodles, i don't know what is!!! how very clever of you...so much better than anything you could have run out and purchased. what a treat to see your wee one playing happily with something you made for her!
Isn't amazing how simply we could often solve such "big" problems? I think they're cute. ;)
Aww thanks, although I'm pretty certain I'm not the first person to paint up some Dolly Pegs :)Your bride and groom look very sweet. There's just something so lovely and earthy about little wooden toys, Petal keeps hers in a wooden box and I love the way they sound when they roll around and bump together. Dolly Pegs are great.
i love them! :)
When I was a kid my sister and I loved to get out Mom's buttons. She kept every loose/spare/found button in a large round tin - the kind some cookies come in - and it was full of hundreds she'd saved over the years. Lost a button? She'd find one the right size and color to replace it! Somehow that button box became a magic world that I remember 60 years later!!!
Nancy in Iowa
Oh i LOVE them! i made Lola a few peg dolls and she plays with them and her blocks. The two "boy" peg dolls she named Lenny and Sam...who know where she got those names!?
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