Paper Dolls

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.

Paper dolls
Paper dolls

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!

  • I used to love making paper dolls as a child! It’s great to do an activity based on a favourite book, we will have to try that!

    • dillydrops

      I remember making lots of paper snowmen :-). Activities based on books are great, it really makes them feel more involved in the story x.

  • What a lovely activity. We made a family tree this week based on a story called the Giving Tree. We love The Paper Dolls here too. I run a linky on my blog every Wednesday where you can link up children’s book reviews and activities linked to children’s books. I would love you to link up your post to #kidsbookaweek this week if you would like to http://damsonlane.com/the-giving-tree-by-shel-silverstein/

    • dillydrops

      Brilliant, I would love to join that linky! It will be great to get some more ideas from your blog too! Thank you 🙂 x.

      • You’re welcome. Thanks for linking up x

  • I loved making these as a kid. However now when I try and make them with my boys I end up with the bits all just separating and it not being a chain. #mummyfail

    • dillydrops

      We had a few moments where I had to think hard how to make them stay together! Not as easy as it seems! 🙂

  • A lovely little activity 🙂 Miss J likes drawing faces on things at the moment and we do a lot of cutting and sticking as she likes being a grown up girl and using safety scissors!

    • dillydrops

      Thank you! Cutting and sticking is so much fun!

  • I remember making snowflakes, but does require scissors! She looks very happy making the dolls x

    • dillydrops

      She certainly was! She spent quite a while concentrating on how to make them as she wanted them to be! I used to love making snowflakes as a child, maybe we’ll do that next time :-).

  • so much fun! I love the Julia Donaldson story

    • dillydrops

      She is a great author! 🙂

  • How wonderful – we must make some paper dolls here. My 3 YO loves the book and she’d adore colouring them too 🙂

    • dillydrops

      The book is wonderful! Have fun making your own paper dolls :-).

  • dillydrops

    Thank you. Books are a great source of inspiration for all sorts of activities. Enjoy making your own paper dolls :-).

  • Great craft idea!
    We love Julia Donaldson books. There is one called Wake up doo, Lydia lou! my toddler thinks it is hillarious!

    • dillydrops

      I’ve not heard of that one, we will have to look out for it :-).

  • what a fun activity! x

    • dillydrops

      Thank you! We had a great time :-).

  • My children love that book too!

    • dillydrops

      Julia Donaldson writes some great stories!

  • Brilliant idea – and I love using books as inspiration.

    • dillydrops

      Thank you! Books are a great starting point for all sorts of activities.

  • dillydrops

    Thank you. Cutting and gluing is always good fun :-).

  • Julia Donaldson is just an amazing author

    • dillydrops

      She certainly is! We’ve got quite a collection of her stories :-).

  • I remember making these as a child. Maybe it is time to revisit these with my little one. They are simple and lots of fun.

    • dillydrops

      They were great fun, we loved making them! Enjoy!

  • My mum used to make paper dolls and clothes that were held on with little paper tabs. I spent hours with her making them…happy memories!

    • dillydrops

      Wow! What great memories! Fantastic idea to put little clothes on them. I think we’ll try that! 🙂

  • I sure there was a story I had read to me or I read when I was younger in which the main character made paper dolls – it always used to make me want to make some. x

    • dillydrops

      They are simple yet fun to make :-). I don’t think I’ve read a story about paper dolls before. You’ll have to let me know if you remember what it was called, it would be interesting to read another paper doll story.x

  • What a great craft idea… Gotta try this with Hayden when he gets older.
    Thanks for sharing hun

    Lotte xo

    • dillydrops

      That’s ok. Glad it is helpful :-). Enjoy!x

  • I love making paper dolls! Have you tried paper flowers?

    • dillydrops

      I used to make them when I was little. I remember spending hours on them. I think we will try them next! Thank you for helping to remember about them!

  • A lovely activity!

    • dillydrops

      Thank you!

  • winegumsx

    Great idea, for some reason I’ve never done this but must try it some time 😀 x

    • dillydrops

      Thank you! Hope you have as much fun as we had when you try them 🙂 x.

  • Great activity… I missed it in my childhood… for some reason I was into trains and cars at this age 🙁

    • dillydrops

      Trains and cars are cool! Maybe you could do the paper doll activity now? :-)x