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Clothespin Elf


Clothespin Elf

[20 Minutes]

Remember wooden clothespins? Most children today don't know what they were used for. Buy a bag for projects and share washday memories with your child as well as create this ornament, puppet or doll.

You'll need:

• peg-style clothespin • pipe cleaner • felt tip marker • construction paper • felt scraps • fabric scraps • tape or glue

What to do:

  1. Help your child cut out a circle from construction paper or felt. Cut through the diameter.
  2. Tape or glue the ends to make a cone hat.
  3. Invite your child glue the hat on the rounded part of clothespin.
  4. Help her use markers to draw a face on the clothespin.
  5. Demonstrate how to wrap the pipe cleaner around the neck of the clothespin to make arms. Use fabric and felt scraps to make clothes for your elf.
  6. Make several elves to use with block play or to serve as place card holders for your next family get-together. (Tip: Craft stores sell little wooden rings designed to fit on the bottom of the clothespins, so clothespin people can stand up.)

How to use:

  1. These little elves can be used as puppets, dolls, or plant decorations. Use your imagination.
  2. Your child can make a family of clothespin dolls.

Let's Talk: Ideas to Explore Together.

  • What will you name your clothespin elf?
  • How would you like to dress your elf?
  • Tell me something else you could do with the clothespin.

Useful information:

While you are having fun together, this activity helps your child develop small muscle skills, language skills and creativity.

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