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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Bible Toys

I decided that since Bunny loves reading her Bible, and since we really want her to grow to love the Lord, that she needed some Biblically themed toys.  Problem is, they're nearly impossible to find, other than Nativity sets and Noah's arks (both of which she has).  Granted, my Christian bookstore has a couple less common sets--Jesus and the disciples, the armor of God, but I'm not thrilled with the quality...so I decided to make some!

I bought these peg people--3 1/2 inch peg people, so they're nice and big-- from iUsedToBeATree on Etsy, and a handful of 2 inch peg people from Hobby Lobby and Michaels and commenced to painting.

I like how it's going so far, and Bunny's really excited about them too!  I plan on always keeping an eye out for little wooden objects that can go with my peg people--animals, trees, boats, houses--and creating "sets" for different stories such as creation, Adam and Eve, Daniel in the lion's den.

But right now, we're starting with Jesus, Peter, Andrew, James, and John because Bunny loves the second verse of Jesus Loves Me where it says "Jesus called them one by one, Peter, Andrew James and John.  They were fishing by the sea, Jesus said, 'Come follow me'."

I sort of liked them without faces, but then Bunny wanted faces, so I went with it.

So, here they are so far.  I'm not finished with them.  They still need some shading, and details--though I'm pretty sure I'm going to skip the arms on them.  I'm excited, she's excited, and my fidgety hands have one more little project to accomplish.  It's a win win situation all around!

I can't wait until we collect more pieces to her play sets.  I think it's going to be a great way to stretch her imagination and to give her a kinesthetic and tactile way to learn her Bible stories.

I think for future wooden peg people purchases I might go to this shop, or maybe this one because they've got a much bigger variety and better prices.  

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