I have decided to do a reborn with a young lady in my neighborhood. She is 16 but mildly mentally handicapped, her maturety and intellect is at about the level of an 11 year old.
I decided I would let her do my BloomersnBows preemie kit. I have the kit and body, I have the paints too. I was thinking that it would probably be better if she uses a wig or paints the hair on just because I am not sure how safe rooting would be for her.
She really struggles, her body has entered puberty but mentally she is about the age of an 11 year old. The other children do not know or understand that she is special needs so the kids her age pick on her because she plays with younger children. She lives with her grandma, she does not know her parents and has no memories of them. She has two brothers, one is fine, the youngest also has some problems mentally (he is a little slow and stutters).
Her grandma loves the kids but she is older and has health problems…and she is a little rough around the edges.
I thought reborning a doll with this girl (Natasha) would be good therapy for her. It would give her something to do with her time (I’m going to do this with her over Christmas break), help me to know her better and maybe then I can help her in other areas of her life.
Any suggestions?? The kit she will be doing is sleeping so she will not have to struggle with eyes. I thought I would just have her do the basic reborning (a wash, a few layers of skin tones, and blushing). I thought I would give her one bag of polly pelets to weight the baby with in addition to polyfil. I would welcome any input!!
I would like to take all the kids under my wing for the holidays. I have a kit given to me that has the supplies to build several small wooden houses for a “christmas Village”. I was thinking this would be a great project for the boys!! I have some acrylic paints and sand paper for them and bought some craft glue as well. This will give the boys something to do during the holiday break, give them something to feel proud about making ANd putting out each holiday, and be a gift for them (of sorts).
I NEVER have asked but will in this case, if anyone has anything they would like to donate to this girl for the reborning project, Or anything you think the boys could use for their village, it will be welcomed and would come to the kids “From the Reborning Community of Doll Lovers”. Their family is low income, relying on the grandmas Social security and state child support checks.
Even suggestions are welcome!! Ie…where to do this with them (inside my apt?? or outside??) how often to have them come over and work on their projects, etc…