It is very important to value close family relationships. A very good idea is to keep a photo album or a scrapbook of your loved ones… but why not make a shoebox dollshouse and play real life with dollies?
I must admit that I had seen these dolls in a charity shop a while ago but I found them too expensive as my goal with dollshouses (and their accesories) is to keep the cost as low as possible. But at Christmas time the dollies were 70 % off and I bought a few of them: Grandparents and two little girls – Annabel and her friend.
As our English grandparents love to do birdwatching I made some binoculars out of two little bits of straws and some string. And the birds.. do you remember our winter birds picture? It`s a brilliant way to use up your child’s artwork in some imaginary play, isn’ t it?
Our grandparents have a spotty Great Dane. I bought a similar dog from ELC last autumn. Annabel loves dogs and loves playing with them!
The furniture is made out of little cardboard boxes. For the table I used a cardboard box lid and the lid of a deodorant bottle. I am not sure about this green colour.. but I ran out of white. I had planned to paint the furniture white.
I made the bed out of a sweet box that my friend brought me back from Egypt. I loved the sweets! The box itself was nice and shiny but dark brown which I didn`t like.
Our grandparents love to read. For the books I used scraps of white paper and for the covers I used some junk mail.
And of course their lovely dog Goody has its own pretty basket. We got it from Ikea before Christmas with lots of Päkapikks packed in it.
The picture of a tiger is a shot our grandparents took on their safari trip in India :) I don`t really know whether they saw any tigers when they did go to India many years ago… but it was a good way to use up a little jigsaw from a Kinder Surprise.
It’s a lucky coincidence that we made a stables with a horse (out of pegs) and some little ponies which Annabel got for her birthday last year. Our grandparents work at some of the race courses locally for some extra money. We love mixing and matching playsets -we make them to play one game, but then we can use them again and again for other things.
Our next task is to make an allotment, as our grandparents are very organic and like to grow their own vegetables.