Mr Men School: Making a ‘Feed Me’ Mr Greedy

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This week we are doing Mr Greedy:

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I had an idea to make a Mr Greedy and some bean bags which the children would throw into Mr Greedy’s mouth.  I didn’t want to spend any money or much time on making this.  It ended up costing me nothing and taking me less than 5 minutes to make out of scraps I had around the house.  I gathered together everything I thought might come in handy:

Old dog's duvet (for filling), pink wrapping paper, shoe box, black bag and tape
Old dog’s duvet (for filling), pink wrapping paper, shoe box, black bag and tape

This was a little different from a simple junk model of Mr Greedy because it needed to have a mouth into which things could be thrown and also retrieved with ease.  We had some shoe boxes lying about left over from our Dante’s inferno diorama which I thought might just do the job:

I cut half the lid off and stuck the remaining half lid down with tape
I cut half the lid off and stuck the remaining half lid down with tape

I thought I could probably make a shape loosely resembling Mr Greedy’s body using stuffing from Oscar’s duvet and a black bag and tape:

I stuffed the bag full of fluff
I stuffed the bag full of fluff
And then taped the altered shoe box onto the black bag with the hole at the top
And then taped the altered shoe box onto the black bag with the hole at the top

I needed the hole at the top because the items we would throw in needed a place to fall into (the other half of the box).  However, now Mr Greedy did not have a head!  I set about rectifying this by stuffing a carrier bag with fluff and taping it onto the top of the box:

The mouth was now where it ought to be, half way down Mr Greedy's face!
The mouth was now where it ought to be, half way down Mr Greedy’s face!

Still not looking very, very like Mr Greedy, I swiftly covered him in pink wrapping paper:

" and 5 year olds are very forgiving, so I wasn't very particular when I did this (as you can probably see!)
Thankfully 2 and 5 year olds are very forgiving, so I wasn’t very particular when I did this (as you can probably see!)

I stuck bits of the paper down, just to secure it and then painted some eyes onto the head using some nail varnish (nothing else showed up on the paper):

It's beginning to look a tiny bit like Mr Greedy, yes?
It’s beginning to look a tiny bit like Mr Greedy, yes?

I had planned on making some bean bags for the children to throw into Mr Greedy to feed him.  I had even toyed with the idea of making food shaped ones, but to be honest I didn’t want to invest that much time into a project that would be used for just one week.  In the end I took the even lazier option by asking the children to go through our plastic food basket and pull out anything they thought Mr Greedy might be interested in eating:

I think this worked even better than bean bags as the children could throw in real looking food to feed our very greedy Mr Greedy!
I think this worked even better than bean bags as the children could throw in real looking food to feed our very greedy Mr Greedy!

This was cheap yet effective way of providing my little ones with a themed toy to play with throughout the week, whilst improving hand and eye coordination.  It may not look exactly like the real Mr Greedy, but the girls were so pleased with how it turned out!

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