Section: Literacy

Make some paper dolls based on the story 'Paper dolls by Julia Donaldson' for some imaginative fun and storytelling!

We recently borrowed 'Paper Dolls' from the library and this has quickly become a new favourite book in our house. It a really sweet story about a little girl who makes some paper dolls and the adventures they have together. It is focuses on the power of children's imaginations, childhood and memories and is well worth a read! We decided to make some of our own paper dolls; I made a set to match the one's from the book (or vaguely match, my drawing ability is very limited!) and another few sets for the girls to decorate themselves. I also set out some of the various animals the paper dolls encounter during the story. My three year fell in love with her paper dolls and carried them around with her around the house making up stories about them as well as reciting the repeated rhyme from the story.

What we used:

  • the story 'Paper Dolls'
  • paper
  • scissors
  • felt tip pens
  • stickers
  • small world animals (tiger, crocodile, dinosaurs)

This activity is good for:

  • imagination and story telling
  • fine motor skills and mark making
  • creative development
  • retelling a story
  • reciting key parts of a story

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