If you’ve read my memoir, you know that church was a big part of my upbringing. So it’s probably not surprising that it played a big role in the lives of my Fisher Price Little People, too.
To my knowledge, Fisher Price never made a Little People Church (boy, what a thrill it would have been for me if they had!). But that’s okay; my sister and I made our own.
The church was the center of our Kid Town. We made it from blocks, and our church was quite detailed. We used letter blocks down the long hallway, making them spell “God Loves You.” We created not only a sanctuary, but a nursery and a Fellowship Center, complete with a stage made from an empty Kleenex Box turned on its side.
Here, you see a close-up of the sanctuary. The minister of music is directing the choir and orchestra. See the choir robes we made and fastened onto the first row of the choir? I spy lots of flutists (flautists?) in the second row, and be sure to check out the pianist/organist to the right. I even see a drummer in the back row, amongst the cowboys.
It looks like some of the congregants are seated in school desks. However, much of our church seating came from an early example of recycling: we used communion cups. They made great seats for little people!
Sometimes, after a communion service, my sister and I would hurry along the rows, collecting the cups to take home as seats for our sanctuary.
How about you: did you ever “play church” as a child, either with Little People or with stuffed animals or dolls?