– by Mary May Larmoyeux –
When I was a little girl, one of my favorite things to do was play with paper dolls at my grandmother’s house. Nana would roll out big sheets of brown paper and encourage me to design a special house for the dolls.
Then my Nana would give me a Sears Catalog and a pair of scissors. I would cut out furniture and decorations for the paper house, and would glue the items in place on the brown paper. I remember this as being so much fun!
Today, you can buy paper dolls at specialty toy stores or print online patterns. If you google “paper dolls” you’ll be amazed at all of the websites that will pop up!
Even though they don’t print the huge Sears Catalog anymore, the Sunday papers are filled with furniture store inserts that could be transformed into a child’s imaginary house on large sheets of white or brown paper or cardboard. And it you really want to encourage creativity, give your special child a cardboard box to decorate as the paper dolls’ house.
You may also want to make or purchase a felt kit for your child or grandchild. The variety of flannel kits today is endless: dollhouse flannel board scenes, flannel board dolls, and kits such as “Trucks, and Trains, and Planes.” Mardel’s has felt kits for Bible stories like “Jonah and the Whale” and “Five Monkeys Jumping on a Bed.”
Did you ever play with paper dolls as a child? Have you used flannel board kits with your kids or grandkids?
Copyright © 2008, 2014 by Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
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Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart.