HOW TO DECORATE YOUR OWN PEG PEOPLE

My little one is turning six today, and one of her favorite things is to pretend. She loves to play with her favorite little peg people from Grimm’s Wooden Toys, Grapat, and Teeny Weeny Toys. She also loves to make her own people. We keep blank, unfinished peg dolls in our art cabinet along with lots of loose scraps for creating and new peg people are born into her collection weekly.

Today I am heading into her Kindergarten class to share her love peg people and dollhouse play with her classmates. We are going to read a favorite book of ours, This Is My Dollhouse, by Giselle Potter. I adore this book because it explores the joy and creativity involved in creating your own play materials. It also explores friendships and feelings, which I love.

After the book, the children will have the opportunity to create their own peg doll. I scoured the art supplies that I already had on hand and created the tinker trays you see here. I encourage you to use what you already have, but I have also listed all of the materials that we used at the bottom of this post.

This project was inspired by my wonderful and brilliant friend, Bar Rucci. You can see her post here. Also, Sloane’s birthday party was held at our favorite local art studio, Oh Canary Art, where the children decorated dollhouses. You can read all about that party on my friend Natalie’s blog.

Doll House

Peg People

Kwik Stix

Elmer’s Glue Pen

Tissue Paper Squares

Chenille Stems

Wool Roving

Fabric

Washi Tape

Pony Beads

Buttons

Kid Scissors

Have you done a project with your child’s class? How did it go? -Lizzie




















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WHAT TO WEAR FOR THE HOLIDAYS- KIDS EDITION

I scoured the internet to find your kiddos cute, cozy, and functional wear for the holidays. Whether you are somewhere warm and beachy or cold and snowy, your little ones will be looking and feeling great! All you have to do is click the coordinating text below and it will take you to your product. These are affiliate links. That means I get a small kickback from the brands featured at no cost to you. It’s kind of like a finders fee! Thank you for supporting The Workspace for Children. xo, Lizzie

P.S. Only get this stuff if you want your kids to be twinning with mine…. My cart is full of everything on this list!

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HOW TO PREPARE YOUR CHILD FOR A SUCCESSFUL LUNCHTIME AT SCHOOL

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Is your little one off to a full day of school? Will she be eating lunch at her new school? Here are some tips to make lunchtime predictable and successful for your child.  

  1. Use a simple lunch box.  (We use the Omie Box. Se my IG for a full, detailed tour of the box)  Cut everything up, unwrap it all.  

  2. Simple, easy to eat foods.  Nothing complicated or over the top.  Trust me, the teachers do not think you are a better mother if you pack the fanciest or healthiest lunch.  Pack a  nutritious lunch that your child can eat independently in a timely manner? Now you are impressing the teacher (not that you need to).

  3. Pack foods you want your child to eat in any order THEY choose.  If you will be upset that they ate dessert and not their apple slices, don’t pack dessert. Save it for when they get home.  They are exercising their independence when they eat lunch at school.  If you pack all foods that are acceptable to you, it is ok for them to chose the order in which they want to eat it.  

  4. Lower your expectations and expect them to come home hungry! School lunch is mostly just about being social and only a little bit about eating.  Knowing that, pack a punch with the snack you plan for when they arrive home.  

  5. PRACTICE!   Use your child’s lunch box at home.  Show them what their lunch box with their name on it looks like. Have them practice opening and closing the latches and containers at home.  Get them completely comfortable with it.  No surprises on that first day.  This is one unknown that you can get in front of.  

Do you want more back to school lunch tips? Head over to Instagram and check out  my IG stories!