The guy on the left was lovingly named Oliver by one-year-old Linus. Come to think of it, everything was named Oliver that year!
The trick is to use a toothpick to paint thin lines and small hearts & flowers.
What else have we transformed for dollhouses and gardens with a little paint? Drawer pulls have become toadstools. Wooden plugs (screw hole buttons) have become tiny cupcakes and tiny toadstools.
It's getting to be that time of year when we spend more time indoors. These are the bitty treasures that show up in lots of our fall and winter activities. Fun for play, but also for storytelling, drawing, math. And they're great in a "take along pouch" -- where I toss in a handful of surprises to play with while waiting. Because there is always some waiting.