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Paper Dolls: A Simple and Affordable Way to Decorate Your Home


For a fun indoor activity for kids that the whole family can enjoy, download our printable paper doll template, illustrated by Rebecca Cobb and based on Julia Donaldson's The Paper Dolls, and make your very own colour-in paper dolls.




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If your little ones like to get creative, they'll love this fun indoor activity which shows them how to make paper dolls from Julia Donaldson's The Paper Dolls. Download the printable paper dolls template for children to colour in, and then help them cut out their dolls so they can take them on an adventure, just like in Julia Donaldson's charming story.


The Paper Dolls is a wonderful story of childhood, memory and the power of imagination from the author of The Gruffalo, and illustrating talent Rebecca Cobb.A string of paper dolls go on a fantastical adventure through the house and out into the garden. They soon escape the clutches of the toy dinosaur and the snapping jaws of the oven-glove crocodile, but then a very real pair of scissors threatens.


Our Paper Doll Sets are designed to provide hours of screen-free entertainment and the benefits of imaginative play without being tethered to a screen. Your child will love the tactile experience of handling and manipulating the paper dolls.


Get ready for an out-of-this-world adventure with our Space Adventure Paper Doll Set! This fun and engaging set includes a pre-cut paper doll of an Alien and six beautifully illustrated scenes that depict exciting space adventures. The scenes are designed with slits that allow you to insert the paper doll, creating a dynamic and interactive play experience.


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All our paper doll sets are made of high-quality materials and designed to withstand the wear and tear of playtime. The doll is made of thick laminated paper to ensure it does not bend or rip easily. There is no need for cutting or punching out the pieces, making it easy for your child to enjoy their new toy right away and play independently. Safe corners ensure that your child can play without worrying about sharp edges. And best of all, there are no gazillion pieces to clean up afterward!


The Vintage Paper Dolls 1000 Piece Puzzle from Galison features a colorful collage of nostalgic and vintage paper dolls and clothing attachments. Galison puzzles are packaged in matte-finish sturdy boxes, perfect for gifting, reuse, and storage.


The puzzle box doesn't show the full image making it difficult for two people to work at the same time. We had to pass the small paper picture back and forth. Also, the pieces themselves were often stuck together and then became slightly damaged when separated.


The Paper Dolls - Julia DonaldsonA favourite in our house, it really tugs on the heart strings of any mother especially those who have lost their own mothers. The breathtakingly beautiful story of one little girl and her five paper dolls, they were Ticky and Tacky and Jackie the Backie and Jim with two noses and Jo with the bow.


The Paper Dolls is a stunning, lyrical story of childhood, memory and the power of imagination from Julia Donaldson, the author of The Gruffalo, and award-winning illustrator Rebecca Cobb.A string of paper dolls go on a fantastical adventure through the house and out into the garden. They soon escape the clutches of the toy dinosaur and the snapping jaws of the oven-glove crocodile, but then a very real pair of scissors threatens . . .


My children color in and cut out each piece out and then we laminate everything. It really makes things last so much longer and prevents tearing when they remove articles or accessories. The children cut out around the edges of the laminated dolls and clothing. They stick the laminated clothing on the doll with Prestick (sticky-stuff). You may want to add shoulder tabs as the vintage paper dolls have instead.


Your paper dolls are quite brilliant! The links for the mideval dolls seem to be broken though. they lead to the comments and not the download. I thought you would like to know, and wanted to thank you so much for sharing!


We have had so much fun with these paper dolls. Thank you for creating them. After having fun coloring and cutting out the dolls, they love playing with them. We have colored the same time period paper dolls multiple times.


@Kimberly Muhtar, Thank you so much for sharing the fun and joy your children had with my paper dolls! My children also loved to use & re-use the same dolls and colour them differently each time. Blessings!


Thank you so much for sharing how you use the paper dolls in your Shakespeare co-op classes, @Julie Seidel! I am delighted that your group enjoy them in creating puppet shows. Wishing you every joy in the new year!


Thanks Nadine, once again for your creativity. We are using the Elizabethan dolls to go alongside our Elizabethan unit study. Thank you so much for generously making them available for free. May God bless you abundantly!


Wow! Great job. I loved all the dolls. I am fond of doll making too. They are so much fun and always turn out to be pretty. I want to try your ideas with my new doll stencils. You must have them too, they are a real fun! -Media-Collage-Doll-Stencils/dp/B00IQRT4N8/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1407748209&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=Mixed+Media+Doll+Stencils


A good book to go along with the paper dolls is Costume, published by Dorling Kindersley, an Eye-Witness book . Sub-title: Discover the history and meaning of clothing-from loincloths to buckskins to the ever-changing fashions of today. Thanks for this project to work on as we listen to history read-alouds!


These are lovely! This reminds me of years ago for a Freshman English project on Elizabethan times I took store-bought paper dolls and made Elizabethan costumes for them. It was so much fun, and really a applied learning experience to do the research on what was appropriate clothing. I still have the project!


Next week, I probably will actually finish up that new doll. Until then, you can download combined color and black and white PDFs of all of my 2014 dolls and outfits for free! Also follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest for beautiful saris, sneak previews and paperdoll thoughts. If you enjoy my work, I'd also appreciate your support through Patreon.


With one paper model and an array of regalia including footwear, fatigues, hats and suits, the updated paper doll collection pays homage to the diversity of females working in the armed forces while drawing their stories together in one striking tribute. Recounting everything from boot camp to retirement, some women lament the strict skirt-and-heels dress code of their time in the services, as well as the gender-based expectations that came with them, while others speak of breaking boundaries in their fields of combat.


The paper dolls are based on real veterans and active duty personnel who were invited to participate in the book's production at Shotwell Paper Mill. The paper for the book was handmade from military uniforms, and great attention has been paid to the rank insignia and buttons depicted on the uniforms.


The young Princess made around one hundred dolls with the help of her governess, Baroness Louise Lehzen. Most of these dolls survive in the Royal Collection today, after having been carefully packed away by the Princess once she reached her fourteenth birthday.


"See, don't she look pretty," you would say to your sister. Happy for the paper dolls, never noticing until later that all the dolls you took care to cut out, bring to life and dress, never looked like you.


Arabella Grayson knows what it was like for children to take in those images. And it is what led her to begin collecting paper dolls, black ones, and trying to understand their place in history. Her efforts are on display at the Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum in "Two Hundred Years of Black Paper Dolls: The Collection of Arabella Grayson."


The dolls produced from the 1800s to the 1960s show black people in subservient roles. The mammies, the butlers, the pickaninnies in torn clothing, grinning with their paper doll smiles. There is Topsey, based on the stereotypical character in "Uncle Tom's Cabin." And Aunt Jemima, and Little Black Sambo.


Grayson went to a bookstore to see what she could find. It was 1994. What she found was Addy, a slave girl from the American Girl historical series. "I thought, 'If I had a small child, would I buy this paper doll for her to play with?' " Grayson said.


The question began her research. She looked through picture books and literature. And read that the first black paper doll was created in 1863, the year of the Emancipation Proclamation. That led her to wonder who that paper doll was. "As I hunted for that paper doll," she said, "I came across other black paper dolls." Many were the caricatures.


"I wondered who was playing with these dolls," said Grayson, who lived in Silver Spring for six years and is now moving back home to California. "These dolls obviously were mass-produced for a particular market. It didn't appear to me that they were for black children."


In her research, she found that the first commercially produced black paper doll was Topsey, based on Harriet Beecher Stowe's character, who was described as "odd and goblin-like," and having "wooly hair braided in sundry tails sticking out in all directions." The doll was produced in 1863 by McLoughlin Bros. of New York. (The company added the letter "e" to her name.) Topsey was introduced along with the novel's character Little Eva, the master's white daughter.


"The dramatic contrast in race and class were made clear in the toys," Grayson said. "They were more than mere playthings. Paper dolls like these have chronicled, for nearly 200 years, the changing images, stereotypes and roles of people of African descent."


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