Now that my book, Makers With a Cause, is complete and soon to be released, I finally find myself with time to write about literature connections to some of my favorite maker projects. I started last month with Memorial Day themed books, but now I’d like to focus more on compassionate making (aka #MakerCare) lit connections.
Each month I’ll describe a maker project that espouses compassion, empathy or social action and match it with a book to read aloud or as part of a reading group.
So, here goes…
Project: Worry Dolls
Why: Our kids are stressed out!
“According to the Mayan legend, when worrying keeps a person awake, he or she tells a worry to as many dolls as necessary. Then the worrier places the dolls under his or her pillow. The dolls take over the worrying for the person who then sleeps peacefully through the night. When morning breaks, the person awakens without the worries that the dolls took away during the night.”
When: Anytime, pre mid-term and final testing period, Mental Health Awareness Month (May)
Literature Connection: Silly Billy by Anthony Browne
Trouble Dolls – Jimmy Buffett & Savanah Buffet
Secrets of Worry Dolls – Amy Impellizzeri (312p novel)
PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR FAVORITE TITLE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!
Cut one pipe cleaner into 1/3 & 2/3 lengths.
Wrap yarn around your hand several times and slide it through the 2/3 length pipe cleaner. Slide a wooden bead up the bent pipe cleaner holding the ‘hair’ in place. Trim ‘hair’ as desired. Draw face on bead, as desired. Wrap the 1/3 pipe cleaner around the ‘body’ forming ‘arms’. Using yarn, cover the exposed areas of the pipe cleaner