Five-year-old Daya has been bringing joy to her Altona North neighbourhood by inviting people to decorate wooden spoons for her nature strip.
The Spoonville fad, which follows the first COVID-19 lockdown trends of drawing rainbows and placing teddy bears in windows, is seeing spoon families and villages flourish as people strive to cheer each other up.
There’s even a new Spoontown near Williamstown library.
Daya runs out each morning to check on her growing spoon family, which includes an alien, a lion and a person wearing a mask.
Dad Jason Perry put a post on social media to notify neighbours that a small spoon family had moved into the bottom of Fourth Avenue and that his daughter would be delighted if anyone added a spoon “person”.
“We thought that it would make people smile when they walked past,” he said.
“We thought we’d put a few spoons out and I thought that it would be nice for the neighbourhood to contribute if they wanted to because we saw lots of people, grown-ups and kids, stopping and having a look and putting smiles on their faces.
“It’s just a fun thing to do and we want to share it with the neighbourhood.”
He and Daya have also hung spoons on a tree with a sign inviting people to take one to decorate to make their own contribution to Altona North’s most interesting new family.