Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Finger Puppets, Log Cabins, Teepees and Social Exhaustion

Log Cabins and Teepees

Today was our big Thanksgiving holiday celebration at our homeschool co-op. I did several crafts with the kids, which I will share with you tomorrow. In addition to crafts, we made foodstuffs. I ended up making the log cabin with the children. It went really well.

As you can see, I found a different way of doing the teepees. We used waffle cones and decorated them according to the directions at the Family Fun website. They suggested frosting them white for an authentic look. The problem is that they look like snowed over Christmas trees!! However, I do like them and would do them again, I would just leave the cone natural rather than frost it white. (We were hesitant to add toothpicks for the tent poles because we were afraid of breaking the cones (several in the pack were already broken)).

We also made these marshmallow pilgrim hats from the Family Fun site.

Social Exhaustion

After the days when I help with reading or teach art to the kids, I am exhausted. I just took an hour long nap.  I used to have the same response when we volunteered at the nursing home before Grandpa Glen died. I would be drained after our visits with Glen. Last year I listened to reading lessons for two girls for whom English was a second language and I was always tired on those days. Putting yourself out there is hard work.

Finger Puppets

Guess what these finger puppets are made of.

Can't guess? Here is a closer look at the finger puppet I made.

Need another hint? Here is K's puppet with his mouth open.

Give up?

These little guys are made of old film canisters and flip lids from soap and salad dressings.

C calls hers Aunt Sam (as in a female variant of Uncle Sam). :)

Tonight we have small group at our house so I need to go and clean a bit. I also have to prepare the hams for Tim to take to work for his company Thanksgiving party tomorrow. Hopefully, I can get on later tonight and comment while I am working on nativity  photos.

I am sharing at:

Hump Day link


  1. I know what you mean about the exhausted. Volunteering or working is exhausting.

  2. Melissa, you sound tired. Rest up over the holiday. Happy Thanksgiving. ♥O

  3. I understand the exhaustion. It's not just the physical work, it's also the mental and emotional work as well. The puppets are darling.

  4. Those finger puppets are too cute. Very creative to use the film canisters and flip tops, they work perfectly. I'm with you on being worn out after doing projects outside the home, I'm always super tuckered out on days we do our playgroup.

  5. Everything looks great! I love the log cabin, and I never would have guessed what those finger puppets were made of!

    I'm sorry you're so worn out, I hope you get to relax a little and enjoy the holidays!

  6. Those finger puppets are very clever, have a great Thanksgiving!

  7. Thank you for your comment, I'm glad that you found something in what I wrote that had meaning for you. I'd be honored for you to share, thanks for asking.

  8. Love the puppets! And 'Aunt Sam' is a hilarious concept, C is as clever as her ma!

  9. I know what you mean about social exhaustion, mind you I find the busy-ness of life in general so tiring these days..

    Those puppets are really cute and creative, I love their flip-top heads!

  10. These puppets are F U N ! xxxx

  11. Hey Melissa! I love the log cabins! This is a great post. I have been out of the loop for a minute... I know what you mean about exhaustion! Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Have you seen my "Sams Family and Haiti" blog? Here is the link if you get a chance to swing by. http://asamsfaith.blogspot.com/

    :) Anna @ Moon River

  12. You sound like you need a hug, my friend, and a long nap. :o) Love your crafts - you always find something new and unique. Praying you and yours have a very blessed Thanksgiving.