Where there’s paper, you shall find a doll.
Paper dolls have been around for a long time. They are more than a form of creative play; they are educational.
Over time, paper dolls have evolved to included foam, plastic, canvas, felt and magnetic backed dolls and accessories. There are also virtual or digital paper dolls, such as Stardoll. Games, such as The Sims, are a virtual paper doll world.
For the little ones, mainstream kiddie show characters also take the form of paper dolls, such as Dora the Explorer, and of course the classic Disney princesses.
I particularly love vintage paper dolls. Shirley Temple, anyone?!
Using Paper Dolls
You can use paper dolls to teach girls history, culture and fashion.
Outside of strictly play, paper dolls can be used as part of a history or cultural lesson. For example, they can be used to show the evolution of fashion, or as an introduction to various cultures and societies.
Teaching poise and etiquette? Incorporating paper dolls can help make learning the in’s and out’s of good manners and proper protocol fun.
There are many ways to incorporate paper dolls into an activity. They can even be used as part of a themed event or decor. Think tea party. Paper dolls are a wonderful addition to story time.
In what ways do you use paper dolls? I’d love to hear from you.
Please check out some of my paper doll picks below.