A Fruitful Basket
There's nothing like an apple a day to keep the doctor away. Give this basket of fruit to a recuperating friend for an alternative to hospital food.
Time frame: Half to one hour
What you need:
- Raffia filler
Assemble the fruit and place it in a basket filled with raffia. Place a bow on the handle of the basket.
Turn the little patient's frowns upside down with this feel-good fishy that will help them get over the bumps and bruises of life. Just put an ice cube in the middle of this fish and place it over a boo-boo.
Time frame: Half hour
What you need:
- Rubber band
- Red felt
- Fabric glue
- Plastic eyes
- Ribbon or rickrack
- Fold the washcloth into a triangular shape. Roll the triangle from the top point toward the two long ends. Fold the roll in the middle and catch the ends in a rubber band (see illustration).
- Cut a mouth out of the red felt as shown. Glue the mouth onto the front of the fish. Glue two plastic eyes above the mouth.
- Tie a piece of ribbon or yarn around the rubber band and make a small bow. Stick a lollipop into the tail of the fish.
You might want to include a little note that says, “Put an ice cube in the middle of this friendly fish and place it over a boo-boo to make it feel better.” You could include a bag of lollipops with this present if the child is allowed to have sweets.
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