This popular second book from Margaret Bloom is now out in a paperback edition (with flaps). Projects will capture your child’s imagination, from a daring dragon-riding marionette to a pretty butterfly garden mobile and a beautiful greenwood wall-hanging complete with dandelion fairy. Each project has tips on what the smallest hands can do to help and those an older child can tackle for themselves.
“Exactly the sort of toys that are perfect for parents to be willing to try their hand at … Toys with true gestures. Perfect to enhance creative imagination and play.”
Sharifa Oppenheimer (US), author of Heaven on Earth: A handbook for parents of young children
Making Peg Dolls, one of our most popular titles, is now available to buy in paperback format. We have changed very little about this charming book, and you can be assured that it has all the same projects and illustrations as the original. By releasing it as a paperback we have been able to knock a few pounds off the price, hopefully making more accessible to anyone interested in the world of peg dolls. We will no longer be printing the hardback version.
Here is an extract from a review of Making Peg Dolls & More, which appeared on Zoe Toft’s delightful blog, Playing by the Book.
Making Peg Dolls & More by Margaret Bloom – A Very Satisfying Craft Book for Families- review by Zoe Toft
Like many families, now we’re in the run up to Christmas, we’re spending time getting crafty together, making presents and decorations, and this book has given us hours of delight. Full of ideas about how to customise wooden peg dolls into adorable characters, Bloom also provides lots of tutorials for how to use your peg dolls in innovative ways, such as in mobiles, wands, wall hangings and pincushion embellishments.
Super clear and friendly instructions, made beautiful and even easier to follow by the inclusion of simple but beautiful watercolour illustrations along with many photos of all sorts of children making and playing with peg dolls made sure this book really appealed to my kids as soon as they set eyes on it.
That the instructions are easy to follow and result in items which the kids are really proud of was clearly demonstrated by the way my 9 year old, M, took the book off by herself and created her first ever felt toys:
Although M was totally absorbed by herself in her sewing, as a parent I especially enjoyed Bloom’s emphasis in her instructions on how the whole family can take part in making their own peg dolls; she clearly indicates which parts even the youngest children can get involved with, and encourages us grown-ups to be involved, but also to let our kids do their own things with the dolls. This book isn’t about parents turning out coffee-table-book-worthy gorgeous ornaments (although we’re definitely encouraged to play, sew and create along side the kids); it really is about facilitating children’s exploratory play and creativity.
We are really looking forward to Margaret Bloom’s new book Making Peg Dolls & More. In the meantime, here’s a trailer Margaret made for her first Making Peg Dolls, which Hawthorn Press published last year.
Making Peg Dolls by Margaret Bloom. Reviewed in Kindling (issue 23), Spring 2013.
This clearly illustrated book comes from Margaret Bloom, who has used them for puppetry and play, and encourages children and families everywhere to create these easy to make little dolls, promoting and encouraging the imaginative play of young children. Susan Perrow [author of Healing Stories for Challenging Behaviour] says; “Making Peg Dolls opens a new imaginative window through the four seasons with festivals around the year, from Easter to Hanukah to Japanese Children’s Day.”
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