Phew! My friend Lisa Flinn and I just turned in a manuscript to Abingdon Press for a book of children’s programs: crafts,song, stories, games, explanations, snacks, prayers. I’m beat, but not too beat to write up one more craft, a craft just for you! PAPER PLATE MENOPAUSE LADY!
Those old time paper plates with the fluted edges aren’t very good for serving food, but they’re great for crafts. Google paper plate crafts + images to see paper plates turned into everything but a workable kitchen sink. So before I give myself a break from fluted paper plates, I have a craft for you. She’s easy. She’s fun. AND she will help you express your moods kindly and gently, so family and friends will have fair warning..
Color your face when you are happy and the hormones are rolling you merrily along.
Color your face when the winds of the Great Pause are turning that smile upside down.
No need to add age spots or wrinkles, but do color or glue/tape/staple on some hair.
Add a hanger so you can wear Paper Plate Menopause Lady around your neck.
Simply flip her to the mood that suits you at the moment. If you like, say this poem to all you meet, by way of explanation:
If Menopause Lady sports a frown,
That means I’m feeling oh so down,
When Menopause Lady’s mouth is up,
Life’s as happy as a buttercup!
I’d love to see your Paper Plate Menopause Lady when she’s finished! Do send photos!
PS. If you’re on the younger side, consider making a Paper Plate Menopause Lady or a Paper Plate Pregnancy Lady. You’ll have to write your own poem, though.
Around the Year in Children’s Church will be out in about six months. I’ll send an update when the book is available. Although it’s written for Children’s Church (creative programing for young kids while adults are attending the worship service),the ideas also work well for Sunday school or preschools.