In Ivie’s Grade 1 year, her teacher asked that children bring in a copy of a favorite book to give to the classroom on their birthday. For Ivie, it was an easy selection – – – TIPTOES! http://www.tiptoes-lightly.net/
Well of course, her class was enchanted by the stories, so when the end of school came around we gave her teacher 2 doll figures to have when she told the stories: Pine Cone and Pepper Pot.
Now we are in Grade 2 and the stories are still a favorite with the kids. Our teacher bought more of the books over the summer, and she also asked me about getting some of the other characters from the stories. A couple of weeks ago we gave her a Tiptoes marionette which now hangs in the classroom.
Next I needed to make a Jeremy Mouse. I had made mice before, but they had been the sewn ones from Feltcraft. I needed my Jeremy to be upright and I loved the one Sara made that was posted on Tiptoes website. One problem: while I have knitted a few things, most of what I have done was in classes. I had not read a pattern like this on my own. I needed help. Well a big thanks goes to our kind handwork teacher, Lisa R who spent time going through the pattern with me yesterday. THANK YOU!!
This Jeremy Mouse will join Tiptoes, Pine Cone and Pepper Pot in the Grade 2 classroom today.
I really do believe that stories come to life in a new way and touch us in a different place in our hearts when we have little props. Whether you call them puppets, dolls, figures or your own descriptions does not matter.
When I get a little time, I am going to try the Story Eggs that Karen made so beautifully. I hit a great sale at Casey’s Wood Products in the summer and stocked up on eggs. They are just waiting to meet up with the wood burner I got for Mother’s Day!
Stay tuned for more figures from the Tiptoes stories — follow her on Facebook and at her website for new stories!
Wednesday, 10/26/2011 — I just have to add this photo of the stack of amazing Thank You notes I received from the Grade 2 Class! So SWEET!!
© rw 2011