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What little girl doesn’t love dressing up a paper doll? I have been on the lookout for a version of a paper doll that was easy, and frustration free for my two year old. Some people do paper dolls by placing them on the floor, or using cookie sheet, and magnets, but those versions didn’t give my two year old a clear, no fail spot to put each item of clothing. I tried the cookie sheet with magnets, but my daughter ended up not being interested in dressing the doll when she couldn’t line up the pieces properly. Then I thought, what else could I use besides magnets? If you have browsed my other activities, you have learned how obsessed my daughter is with Velcro. So it should be no surprise, that I quickly began dreaming up a way to use velcro as a way of attaching the clothing to the doll. Now I needed something sturdy enough for Little C to repeatedly rip stuff off of, and also something that was portable enough for her to carry it around the house, as well as take with her on trips. Enter a plastic 8 X10 picture frame from the Dollar Tree! The picture frame is light enough for her to carry around the house, and gives her something to hold on to when she is ripping the clothing pieces off the doll. Also, she likes to stand the picture frame up when she is playing with it (standing the frame up while using it might not work if your child isn’t as gentle as mine).
By putting the doll inside an 8×10, I was able to attach velcro on the outside of the clear plastic. I placed one self adhesive velcro circle on the dolls head, chest, shorts area, and feet. Having these velcro dots gives my daughter one clear spot to put each type of clothing. Once she learned how to attach the velcro on the clothing, to the velcro on the doll, it was pretty easy for her to dress the doll properly.
I found these cute printables free over at Teachingmama’s website. You can grab the printables here. These images are created by EduClips. You should really check them out, they create adorable, educational clip art. The best part about this doll, is that you can get clothing for all seasons, so you can teach your kid about appropriate clothing for each season, and all types of weather. Little C’s favorite spring time outfit is the outfit with the yellow rain boots.
How to Create This Activity-
- Print out your paper doll, and all the clothing for the doll. Grab the printables I used here, or, here.
- Laminate all the clothing. You could skip this step, and just print it out on cardstock, but I wouldn’t advise that, as there is a lot of wear, and tear going on when the clothing gets repeatedly ripped off the velcro. I use this thermal laminator. You can also grab the laminating pouches here.
- Cut out all the clothing, and place the scratchy side of a self adhesive velcro set on the back of each piece of clothing. I buy self adhesive velcro dots in bulk quantities here.
- Place the paper doll inside the plastic 8×10 picture frame.
- Place the soft side of a self adhesive velcro dot on the dolls head, chest, shorts, and feet.
- Spread out the dolls clothing so your child can see everything. When I feel like it, I will even sort all the clothing types, so my daughter can see all the bottoms together, all the tops together, etc.
- Demonstrate how each piece goes in a certain spot, then sit back, and let your child have fun!
- For easy storage, you can store all the clothing in a gallon size ziploc bag.
- If you think investing in a thermal lamination machine, and pouches is a bit much for this one activity, never fear, there are plenty of uses for the lamination machine! I use mine constantly. If you have a child, you will get plenty of use out of it. Sometimes I even laminate particularly precious pieces of art work that my daughter creates.
- Place this activity where your child can easily reach it, for a quick go to activity. My daughter sometimes plays with this when I am cooking dinner, or doing the dishes.