Last year my kids discovered the Muppets, and I rediscovered the Muppets. (They've even appeared on the blog every now and again, here, here and here!)
In October we watched the latest Muppet Movie on DVD. And Son set to making his own no-sew versions. They tie in nicely with our waste watching project. (And in the words of the Muppets, it was a case of, "I've got everything that I need, right in front of me". No extra purchases necessary.) The first models were old socks with heads stuffed with cotton wool, and card mouths and button eyes glued on.
The second wave of puppets were more advanced, with hair transplants from other stuffed toys, and arms. The arms were secured with rubber bands and are movable thanks to some plastic yellow stick things (crash barriers maybe?) from the Scalextric set. (Son just went with whatever was to hand!)
And perhaps the puppets have come to my mind this week because right now, at the end of a cold, my ears and sinuses feel as if they're stuffed with cotton wool too!
I know what will cheer me up...