by Tamisha Anthony
Hello Little New-Yorkers! Follow along with this post to create your very own paper doll, and don’t forget to join us live every Tuesday and Friday at 3:30 pm when we sing a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, do silly stretches and exercises, and read a storybook — all from the comfort of your home!
This March we are celebrating Women’s History Month. We will be featuring bold and brilliant women of the past and present who refused to be silenced. We will learn their stories of perseverance and connect to their spirit of benevolence.
This week, we are inspired by the book Mary Wears What She Wants written by Keith Negley. Known for being a surgeon, Mary Edwards Walker was also a women’s rights advocate, abolitionist, and spy! At a time when women were expected to wear heavy skirts and restrictive corsets, Mary’s parents encouraged her to think for herself and wear whatever she wanted. Today, create your own paper doll Mary, and dress her up however you want.
Download and print paper doll template.
- Something to color with: markers, pastels, colored pencils, crayons or a combination!
- Optional: Tape
* A note on supplies: If you don’t have exactly the supplies listed, improvise! These projects are designed to be versatile, so feel free to use whatever materials and tools you have at home. And if your final product looks different than what you see here, that’s wonderful!
STEP 1: Color Your Paper Doll Clothes
To start, use markers, colored pencils, or crayons to color your paper doll clothes. What colors would you like your paper doll to wear — blue, purple, green? Feel free to add patterns or images to the clothes such as stripes and polka dots or unicorns and dragons.
STEP 1.5: Color Your Paper Doll
If you want, color your paper doll too! Choose colors for your paper doll’s hair, skin, and underclothes. Maybe they are wearing pajamas or long johns.
STEP 2: Cut out Paper Doll and Clothes
Now it is time to cut out your paper doll! Carefully cut along the black lines around your paper doll and clothes (be sure to only cut the outside edges). Once completed, you will have six pieces.
STEP 3: Dress Your Paper Doll!
Now your paper doll can wear whatever they want! Have fun swapping out their outfits or tape them on for a little more permanence. You can also design and cut out your own hats, shoes, and additional clothing for them!
Thanks for following along. We hope to see you at Little New-Yorkers each Tuesday and Friday at 3:30 pm!