Simple, pleasing pastimes seem never to lose their charm. On a rainy day, my children teased their aunt to cut them paper dolls, then thoroughly enjoyed drawing on them. Aren’t they just? Soon they were cutting their own, all of them friendly round the table. Is there anything else required for an hour of happiness? Oh, tea? I made the tea.
If you missed a long line of paper-cutting traditions, you can pick it up now, particularly if there’s a small person in your life to convert to this little joy. Get scissors, paper, fold it into an accordion fold, just as you would a paper fan, back and forth. When you cut a figure, leave something touching either side, right to the edge, without slicing right through the fold in that spot. Hands are classic. The skirts on these dolls lend extra stability where they join. I experimented with puppy dogs, noses and tails connected. Then, the unfolding bit! Anticipation! Surprise!
Paper cutting of any sort is satisfyingly old fashioned in the most tactile, inventive sort of way. I like to think of adding these sorts of actions back into a life full of digital beeps and hums, until it is a life quite full and well balanced. Do you like traditional toys and games? I do – read some more about them here on appleturnover.