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Toddler Talk: DIY Popsicle People

One of my favorite things about the toddler stage is the development of imagination. My two-year-old Adair is so much fun to watch because she is always pretending something. Whether she's putting her stuffed animals to bed or making up names and using different voices for her dolls, she is so imaginative! We visit the library often, and one of her favorite things there is the puppet theater. They have a child-sized theater and a huge basket of great puppets. I knew Adair would like to have some puppets of her own, so we made these little popsicle people. They were so fun and easy to make, and are perfect for her imagination!

Here's what you need:

Big wooden popsicle sticks

Permanent Markers

Ribbon

Glitter

Fabric Scraps

Other odds & ends

Hot glue gun

Start by drawing a face on each of your popsicle sticks. We gave some green eyes, and some blue. We made two girls and one boy.

Next, decide what each popsicle person should wear. We used paper doilies old ribbon, and fabric scraps to make clothes for each one. Use hot glue to attach the clothing to the popsicle stick.

Then, give each person an accessory. A scarf, a glitter beaded necklace, and a hat were my daughter's accessory choices for each of her new friends.

Don't forget the hair! Use pom poms, rick-rack, or even cotton balls to cover each of the doll's heads.

Finally, your popsicle people are ready to play! They can be used as puppets, dolls, and little friends. Your little imaginative toddler will have a blast with these fun, homemade toys!

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