The days fly by. We are zipping through school—learning, learning, learning, because that’s what children do whether you plan for it or not.
I discovered a couple other super easy ideas. With this age level, that’s required! They never sit still for longer than the time it takes a popsicle to melt.
Old-fashioned paper dolls
These seem to be out of style, but we found they are still great fun. I had a roll of white paper, so I made a huge chain of paper dolls. These have lasted weeks. Every day Li’l Sis colors a few or adds some finishing touches. Sometimes she breaks a few off to make a little family. They are so cheap and so quick to make. I am happy to see her try and try again to get the results she wants in decorating each one.
If you make them, the easiest method is fan folding the paper, then drawing a rough outline. The more folds, the thicker the fan and the more difficult it will be to cut it. You can also double fan fold and cut one out as girls and the other as boys for a boy-girl-boy-girl chain. I’ll wait until Li’l Sis is older to do that.
Li’l Sis loves to dress herself. I have been on the look out for a dress-myself type doll but haven’t found one to help her with her nemesis: buttons. I almost ordered one on line when I came across the button snake idea on Pinterest. Although I didn’t have any felt which they recommended, I found some non-raveling fabric that worked very well. I chose a snake body of old, out-of-style cloth ribbon I would not want for anything else but Li’l Sis adored it. I folded over the ends and stitched them closed so they wouldn’t ravel. Two big, unmatching buttons sewed to the end folds finished the snake. I went back to the fabric, cut it in squares and slit a button hole in each center. Then I realized how easy it would be to turn a few of them into hearts and circles to add variety. Four-year-olds thrive on variety.
Yes, she loves it. I am amazed at how well it worked to teach them to button! I thought it would be a short lasting activity, but she goes back to it over and over.