Originally posted Nov 16, 2008. If you’d like to make a paper doll chain to decorate, you can find patterns for boys, girls and bears (oh my!) at this link.
This is SO much fun to do with the small person of your choice. James chose “Special Art Time With Mama” as a reward he could earn recently, and yesterday he cashed in his certificate while Leland napped. To make it special I made up a basket of supplies and brought them into his bedroom at his little table and cut out these dolls we could decorate, figuring I’d give them as an idea and then let him take the lead. It was great. I just dove in and started drawing faces and he grabbed his own and got to work.
What was most fun is was hearing him tell stories about them. His were “all Papas.” One of them didn’t like clothes, one liked hats and one wanted a face. Once he had a face he started demanding food and we had to make him a plate! He was so excited that I’d made them hold hands and wanted to know how I’d managed that, and then he wanted to know all about my dolls, and eventually took to helping me dress them too. After maybe 20 minutes he said, “Ok, Mama, I’m done!” and then helped clean up. We will be doing this again for sure. I left all the doll supplies together so we can grab them easily. Whether you have paper or fabric you’ve got to try this sometime. You never know what those Papa dolls will be up to!