Did you play with old fashioned pegs when you were a kid? You can still find packs of these wooden pegs at craft stores, and even at cheap shops (where I picked up a packet of 24 for just a few dollars).
I wasn’t sure if my daughter was quite old enough to try this project, but my very creative sister was babysitting while I was at the dentist, so I let them go for it together. As well as the pegs, I left fabric scraps, coloured felt, pipe cleaners, fabric glue, sequins, string and a permanent marker. When I came home, I couldn’t believe what a wonderful job they done! They hadn’t just managed one or two dollies, but a whole family. With a baby!
My three year old asked to make more dollies throughout the week, and she was able to do them more independently – positioning the fabric herself and just asking for help with the glue. She also made a house and car for them out of boxes, and happily played with her peg family. They have now taken up residence in her doll’s house!
I know this activity is a little bit girly, and a little bit old fashioned, but it was more than a little bit delightful.
PS – thanks Sis. You’re such a savvy auntie!!