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Fun kids’ activity: creating paper dolls

Lately, we’ve been really enjoying The Paper Dolls, by Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson, I think I possibly enjoy it more than Ava… It’s such a sweet book, I even found myself welling up the first time I read it (though I do cry at the drop of a hat).

The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson

In the book, the little girl’s mummy makes her a set of paper dolls.

The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson

This inspired me to make some for Ava to colour in today. Here’s how I did my first attempt:

The finished figures – kind of pointy in the head department but OK, considering I haven’t made them for about 30 years! Plain paper dolls

I got Ava to colour these in, whilst I had another go. She found her heart stencil fitted perfectly on their dresses.

Ava didn’t like the fact that there was sellotape in the middle, and also only wanted two sets of three dolls, instead of one set of seven, so had to cut them a bit! She also wanted then all to be the same, or very similar. I love the odd shoes best.

Ava's paper dolls

The second set was more successful, and I took cues from the book to make boys and girls this time.

Thea woke up and wanted to join in:

Ava preferred having boys and girls, and coloured in herself on the far right, and her future husband Jude is next to her. He’s wearing shorts as they are at the beach. Third from the left is Thea in a stripy crown. Ava didn’t tell me who the others were, and I think she may have been losing interest by this point!

Ava’s Paper Dolls


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  1. mrscraftyb

    30th August 2015 at 8:57 am

    Aw this is fab. I’m so feeling gingerbread men version for Christmas! Or snowmen! Thanks for linking up to #MakingHome xx

    1. Becky Pink

      30th August 2015 at 8:58 am

      Oooh gingerbread men would work brilliantly, great idea! I thought angels would be good as well xx

  2. helen gandy

    28th August 2015 at 9:46 pm

    These are gorgeous, I haven’t made anything like this for years and years! Thanks for linking up to the #bestandworst 🙂 hope you’ll pop along again lovely x

    1. Becky Pink

      28th August 2015 at 10:39 pm

      Thanks Helen, it’s great fun, we all loved it xx

  3. Wander Mum

    26th August 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Firstly, I haven’t heard of the Paper Dolls book. My daughter loves Julia Donaldson books so will have to check it out and then have a go at doing these – they look great. Thanks for sharing #bestandworst

    1. Becky Pink

      26th August 2015 at 4:35 pm

      It’s a lovely book, maybe for a slightly older audience, and more whimsical than her normal books but I love it! X

  4. larabeeuk

    25th August 2015 at 5:21 am

    I love book inspired activities and I’d forgotten just how cute paper dolls are. Thanks for sharing with us at #toddlerapprovedtuesday this week x

    1. Becky Pink

      25th August 2015 at 8:23 am

      Thank you, and thanks for hosting x

  5. Claire Ridewood (@thefrfamily)

    20th August 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Oh I haven’t made these for ages! I loved them as a child! That book’s a new one on me, I will definately be keeping my eye out for it, it looks fab! Thankyou fo rsharing on #busydoinglife, it goes live again on Saturday, I’d love you to share with me again!

    1. Becky Pink

      20th August 2015 at 1:54 pm

      I highly recommend the book! I’ll see you on Saturday, thanks for hosting x

  6. Michelle Murray

    9th June 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Oh I have never heard of this book. Is it too girly for my little boy? We love the gruffalo and Julia Donaldson books in general really. I love that you have created an activity to go alongside the book. It looks great Thanks so much for linking up with #ToddlersAndTeens at Mummy 2 Monkeys xx

    1. Becky Pink

      9th June 2015 at 7:04 pm

      I think it would be good for boys as well Michelle, maybe get it from the library though, just in case! I bet he’d like to colour in his own paper people too xx

  7. Little feet play date

    8th May 2015 at 8:56 am

    Love these! we did this three days ago 🙂

    1. Becky Pink

      8th May 2015 at 9:41 am

      It’s so much fun isn’t it! I’m going to make angels at Christmas too ☺️

      1. Little feet play date

        26th November 2015 at 7:46 am

        Christmas angels time of year!

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