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Play-Acting Props



Which little boy or girl does not want to pretend to be a wizard or a witch? Or maybe a prince or a princess? So, here are some props you can make at home to enliven your child’s pretend play and your storytelling sessions. These may also come in handy when you put together a fancy dress costume for your child. Tweens and teens will love to try these for their siblings and younger cousins!


 
Wand
You will need:

  • A sheet of newspaper
  • A pair of scissors
  • Plain sheets of paper
  • Glue
  • Paints

 
What to do:
Roll the sheet of newspaper diagonally, from one corner to the other. At the threequarter mark, apply glue to the rest of the sheet, and then keep on rolling, to get a rod shaped like a featherless quill. Seal the edges of the paper with a blob of glue at each end. Apply a trail of glue around the newspaper rod and wrap the plain sheets of paper around it. Use paints to decorate the wand.
 

Crown
You will need:

  • A sheet of card-board
  • A pair of scissors
  • A sheet of plain paper
  • Glue
  • Paint
  • Decorative material (Fake stones, glitter)
  • Elastic band

 
What to do:
Hold the cardboard piece around the head of the ‘prince’ or ‘princess’ the crown is meant for. Mark the fit (about three quarters round the head) and cut out a rectangle of this length. Draw and cut out the outline of a crown on the cardboard. Paste the sheet of paper on the cardboard, and trim it to trace the shape of the crown underneath. Paint and let dry. Glue on stones and glitter. Let them dry. Connect the two edges of the crown with the elastic band.

- Jay Haren Thakker, 17 years, Mumbai

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