We read Jake Stays Awake by Michael Wright (Feiwel & Friends, 2007). Jake refuses to sleep in his own bed, preferring instead to knock on his parents’ door at night and insist on joining them. But it’s definitely not working for his parents. So they make a deal. Jake can sleep with them, but perhaps he can think of a different place for them to bed down for the night? So they try many places (including the roof, the stairway, the kitchen counter, garbage cans, the family car) until exhausted Jake finally hits on the one place that might just work – his own bed.
- A box (mine was 4 ½” X 4 ½” x 9”)
- A 5″ x 5″ square of tagboard for the headboard
- A 3″ x 4.5″ rectangle of tagboard for the footboard
- Extra pieces of tagboard for bed decor
- 2 jumbo craft sticks (mine were 6″ long)
- 6 medium craft sticks (mine were 4.5″ long)
- A selection of color masking tape
- 2 medium rubber bands
- A small rectangle of white poster board for pillow (mine was 2.25″ x 2.5″)
- A rectangle of tissue paper for blanket (mine was 5.25″ x 7″)
- 2 toilet paper tubes
- A selection of multicultural construction paper
- A selection of patterned paper
- Construction paper for hair
- A small rectangle of stiffened felt for teddy bear (mine was 1.5″ x 2″)
- Scissors, tape, and glue stick for construction
- Markers for decorating
- Hot glue
We’ll start with the bed! Cut the box down until it is approximately 2.5″ deep.
Hot glue (or tape) the headboard and footboard to the ends of the box. To create some texture on the bed frame, we made some simple tag board shapes. The kids decorated them with markers and glued them to the bed.
Cut a toilet paper tube in half lengthwise, then cut a 1.25″ segment off the bottom of one of the halves. This is the “catapult cup” that will hold the lower section of your tube person steady whilst it awaits launching. Attach the catapult cup with hot glue, but avoid getting hot glue on the rubber bands.
The catapult is ready. Now for your person! Wrap the top of a toilet paper tube with a strip of multicultural construction paper. Then wrap the remainder of the tube with patterned paper. Add construction paper hair and use markers to draw a face.
Lastly, cut arms and legs from the patterned paper and tape to the tube. Make sure, however, that you attach the arms and legs to the front of the tube. This produces the best launch from the catapult.
Place your person on top of the catapult. His/her head should rest on the lower part of the pillow, and his/her rear end should rest in the catapult cup. But before you launch, how about a fuzzy companion? I cut a teddy bear shape out of white stiffened felt and used Sharpies to add some details. Then I prepped a bevy of bears for story time!