Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Summer Reading With Activities at the Back of the Book - Day 4: Pencil Eraser Ballet Slippers


I printed a ballerina finger puppet out of Google images for the girls to color...


...to go along with Carolyn Keene's fourth installment of the Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew series - "The Cinderella Ballet Mystery".


Each of the books in the series has instructions for a go-along craft at the back of the book.  In this case, it was for a make-your-own, card stock, ballerina finger puppet.  I liked the craft, and it looked very doable, just a little time consuming. 

With a house inspector to trail today, and a visit to the emergency room, yesterday, with the Man of the House, and his kidney stone, time consuming was not on my list of acceptable concepts.  So, as with the other crafts, and most of what I imagine we'll be doing this summer, we simplified.

Instead of having the girls craft original, card stock and fabric puppets, I had them color (both sides) of the pre-printed puppet I found in Google images.


The girls cut them out, and I helped them to encase them in clear contact paper (to make them sturdier)...


...before cutting out the finger/leg holes.  I couldn't find a razor blade, so I used a hole punch to make small holes, to slip scissors into...


...for cutting the holes to finger size.

Then, we added our own touch, by making quick slits in pencil erasers, so they could slip onto the girls fingers...
...as toe-shoes...
...for their little dancers.

6 comments:

Angelic Scalliwags said...

Fun! My little two would love this activity.

Phyllis said...

Cute! They look like they are having a good time!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Phyllis - Yes. The erasers are really bouncy - encouraging lots of kicking, jumps, and giggles.

Ticia said...

The addition of the erasers is brilliant!

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

What a fun and easy craft!

Natalie PlanetSmartyPants said...

Oh, this turned out lovely! What a neat way to simplify the craft from the book!