Keeping Boys Busy: The One With Play Dough and Puppets

Hey there!  What have you been up to?  Us?  Oh, just the usual fun, keeping boys busy…

Don't you just love Play Dough???, keeping boys busy

Don’t you just love Play Dough???

Never mind.  I hate Play Dough., keeping boys busy

Never mind. I hate Play Dough.

Yup, so that’s pretty much what we’ve been up to.  Clean the Play Dough up.  Get the Play Dough back out.  Clean it up.  Get it out.  Clean it up.  Say were not going to get it out.  Cry about it.  Get it out.  Cry about cleaning it up.  Clean it up… but somehow it’s never quite gone.  Look, I know this is gonna sound crazy, but I SWEAR that the bits of it appear on the floor overnight while we’re sleeping.  Even though I swept before bed, in the morning I will inexplicably find the kitchen sprinkled with colorful bits of dough.  How did I miss them?  Were they stuck to the ceiling with gravity slowly working them back to Earth?  Or is Dash up during the night playing while we sleep???  Hmm… it’s not an implausible theory…

Anywho…  I promised you all pictures of our Sea Animal Stick Puppets project, and I know you were just waiting on the edge of your seat to see how they turned out.  No???

seapuppetscollage, keeping boys busy

Hey, is that Manty-Manty?  Or Manty-Manty-Manty???  It’s so hard to tell.

Aren’t they cute?  This is what we used to make the puppets:

  • Poster board
  • Felt
  • Google-y Eyes
  • Yarn (for walrus whiskers)
  • Glitter Glue
  • Wooden Dowels
  • Tongue Depressor style sticks

Additional supplies:

  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Pencils

This is an easy peasy project!  First:  draw animals with pencils on poster board, cut them out.  Next: trace poster board animals on felt and cut them out.  Hot glue the felt cut outs onto the poster board cut outs.  Hot glue eyes and decorations (like walrus whiskers and manatee snouts) onto the felt.  Let them dry a bit, turn over the puppets and glue tongue depressors on the back, along with wooden dowels on the larger puppets.

Notice in the bottom right photo we had to touch up the glue where Dash was already tearing his apart.  Perhaps these puppets AREN’T two year old proof.  But really, what is???  Lastly, we decorated with glitter glue.  Okay, that was just me and my mom, getting carried away with decorating the turtles.  Even grown ups gotta have some creative fun, right?

Well, that was last week’s art class!  Everyone enjoyed it!  This week, the boys drew tree houses, which of course included things like laser beam security systems, elevators, and walrus pools.  Because if there’s one thing we’re good at around here, it’s Thinking Big.  And thinking about walruses.  Yeah.

Well, I’ve got plenty more big thoughts to share with you all, even some that aren’t about walruses. 😉  But right now I’m going to check the ceiling for Play Dough.

Talk to you soon,






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