Being a two year old who loves dolls and cuddly toys, my daughter spends much of her time pushing them in her little pram or generally looking after them all (three boxes full).
Since receiving it as a Christmas gift, we have repeatedly read a story called, ‘Paper Dolls,’ by Julia Donaldson. My daughter absolutely loves it! The little girl in the story made some paper dolls with her Mum and went on little adventures with them. I thought that it would be a great idea for us to make some paper dolls, considering my daughter is very interested in this story.
We started by folding the paper and I drew an outline of the dolls for us to cut out. My daughter had a go at using the scissors. I spent a while showing her how to use them and she had a few tries at holding them properly. After deciding that my way to use scissors was clearly the wrong way, my daughter opened the safety scissors as wide as they would go and pretended to cut. Unfortunately, her method did not seem to in any way even touch the paper, let alone cut it. She was a bit disappointed so asked me to cut them out instead. I am pleased that she tried to do it and was confident enough to touch the scissors, play with them and pretend to cut with them. The more I show her, the more encouragement I give her and the more she has experience of it, the better she will get at using them.
Once the dolls were cut out, we started to colour them in using felt tips. I showed her how to put eyes on the dolls. She decided to use blue eyes for the boys and brown for the girls. I was very impressed by the way that she held her pen as well as the way she decided on the colours she wanted to use. My daughter was very proud of her finished paper dolls so we stuck them onto the wall. Every time she walks past them now or when anybody visits, she says, “Look what I did!” and points to them.
Which stories are your little ones interested in at the moment? Are there any books/stories that you would recommend? Do you do activities based on stories you have shared with your child? It would be great to have a few more ideas of what we can do next!