I've been pondering quite a bit lately my responsibilities as a foster parent.
Because the children in my home are not my own,
I sometimes let myself be anything but the perfect parent.
I put the kiddos in front of the television far more
than I should like to think I would ever do with my own little pumpkins.
I'm not proud of this, and I believe more than anything
that I'm fooling myself if I think
one day I will wake up to my perfect dream life
and hence become the person I truly wish to be.
If I'm going to be the type of parent that turns the tv off
and instead tunes into what's going on in "my" kids lives
I've got to start now - before this rut gets too deep.
So for the last few weeks I've started to try doing at least one special thing
with our kiddo's each day.
We've been going to story time at the library,
drawing in our sketchbooks together at the kitchen table,
and this week I embarked on a little project of my own.
It started out as a puppet theater but I soon discovered my design
had much more to offer.
Beside a puppet theater, you can turn it around and enjoy your own
Or upside down
where little one's can hide and play inside
or up on a table
you can give a show with plenty of room for props.
Actually the more I think about it, this is the perfect little theater for finger puppets,
or perhaps hang some paper and play with shadow puppets.
But I think the traditional hand puppets are my favorite,
but as you can see if I can think of all these other uses
a child'd imagination can surely find even more!
And so I think it's more appropriate to call my project
a play theater.
If you think your kiddos
would also like a play theater of their own
I've put together some step by step instructors
What you will need:
3 square moving boxes
one twin sheet
glue gun, and lots of glue sticks
At this point your theater is pretty sturdy with 2 layers of cardboard
but once you start covering up the inside you will add a 3rd,
which is pretty dang important when you have little ones.
You could certainly get really fancy with your inside covers -
on the panels you could add batting and tufted buttons,
and your curtain swag could be much more elaborate if you chose.
I kept mine rather simple, but added a bit of ruffly trim here and there to finish up some
unpleasant looking seems
and then adorned the outside corners and center of the swag
by making fabric flowers out of my remaining sheet fabric.
So I guess my next project should be making puppets -
how I wish I had a working sewing machine. Sigh!