Corduroy has become a beloved bear of many a young child. The original book, "Corduroy" (Don Freeman, 1968), describes how a little girl named Lisa finds and buys a little bear at a department store who is missing a button. In the second Corduroy book, "A Pocket For Corduroy" (1978), Corduroy gets lost after going off in search of a pocket. Young children who identify with Corduroy and Lisa's adventures will enjoy creating crafts based on their stories.
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Buttons For Corduroy
Mix two cups of flour with one cup of salt. Add ½ cup of water and stir. Gradually add another ½ cup of water. Knead until the dough is smooth. Roll out the dough and cut it into button shapes. Use a straw to poke two holes in each button for sewing the button onto clothing. Bake the buttons at 162 degrees Cor about 1½ hours or until dry. Let them cool, then paint the buttons with acrylic paints. Coat the buttons with acrylic varnish when the paint dries. If preferred, food colouring can be added before shaping.
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Cut two identical pocket shapes from fabric. Sew, fabric glue, or hot glue the edges of them together. Decorate the fronts of the pocket with fabric crayons or by gluing on buttons, sequins, or other decorative items. Talk with the children about the importance of knowing their names, phone numbers, and addresses. Then write this information on a file card and insert it into the pocket. Place the pocket in a safe place where it can be accessed at appropriate times and the child's emergency information can be practised.
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Cut a large teddy-bear shape from brown construction paper (templates can be found online). Dress and decorate Corduroy by cutting green overalls from corduroy. Glue the overalls onto the paper bear. Add real buttons or buttons made from fabric or construction paper. Eyes, ears and nose can be made from construction paper too. Or make the bear more real with wiggly eyes, felt ears, and a pom nose. And, of course, there must be a pocket -- either cut from construction paper or fabric.
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Use a cookie cutter or a template found online to trace a teddy-bear shape onto brown felt. Use markers to decorate it, or cut overalls, buttons and a pocket from felt or fabric and glue them on. Glue the bear onto a craft stick, or create a finger puppet by gluing the bear to the inside of the index finger on a fabric glove. Use the puppet to act out Corduroy's adventures or create new ones. Larger puppets can be created from poster board and glued onto wooden rulers.