After a very busy day adventuring yesterday we decided to lay low today and relax. On these down days I feel even more pressure to complete my Make Stuff Up Challenge. It’s one thing to fumble it on a busy day, but little excuse on a day like this. Except, of course, for my total lack of motivation. Or so I thought…
I had figured by 5:30 my window had closed until, completely unsolicited, Jack said “remember those paper dragons you used to make me, can we make those again” and just like that, inspiration ignited. Though really it was all Jack, I was just executing on the idea. The paper dragon idea expanded to include a castle, a princess, guards, and an entire slew of items we set out to make.
Jack and I worked as a team, he would tell me what he wanted, I would draw it. He would color it, I would cut it out and tape a stick to it. It was a blast and maybe the most creative thing we’ve done together. And it’s not over. He has a whole puppet show script he’s formulating in his head. He’s the producer & director, actor and sound FXs (Dragon fire explosions being his speciality)… I am the set designer. Elise isn’t as focused on it, but will participate as the occasional actress, co-director, and coloring assistant.
Watching Jack get so excited, inspired, proud, and hands-on with it made me smile from deep within.
I have been tasked with making the following: a queen, a king, a prince with a sword in sheath, a dragon cave, a dungeon, and a jester. Clearly this won’t happen tonight so I’ll follow up as the puppet collection grows but for now, here’s what we made up tonight.