I saw this idea last week, from the author of Red Ted Art (or, more accurately, from her children), to let children make toy fairies out of old fashioned wooden clothes pegs. Here’s the link for that:
Now, I did a few things differently from the original [due to supplies we had on hand] but LittleMan and Tink love their fairies just the same. So much so that they each insisted on making two.
Then I let the children riffle through my scrap fabric bag for dress material. While I cut and glued their fabric choices to the doll, they set to work stitching embroidery thread through crudely cut wing-shaped plastic canvas.
A bit of glue and a length of embroidery thread to secure the wings to the doll and we were done.
These fairy dolls have seen a lot of play in the mere two days since we’ve made them, but they seem to be fairly durable and LittleMan just gets so proud of himself when he makes these sorts of things.