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The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson

What you need

  • Paper
  • A pair of scissors
  • Markers/pencils/crayons for decoration 
  • An adult to support with cutting


Cutting and mark-making strengthen hand muscles and develops bilateral coordination skills (two-handed coordination) as well as visual-motor skills (eye-hand coordination).

The experience

Sit back and listen to the lovely story of The Paper Dolls, read by Katy.

Why not try and make your own paper dolls with your child? In this video link, the author of the book, Julia Donaldson shows you how you can make your own paper dolls, but we’ve also written a few instructions below:


  • Take a piece of paper and cut it lengthwise. 
  • Fold it into quarters, accordion (pleated) style. 
  • Draw a figure of a person on the top layer. Be sure that the arms extend beyond the edge of the folded sheet.
  • Cut the figure out and unfold. You will get a chain of dolls holding hands.


Feel free to colour them in and don’t forget, the dolls jump, dance, sing and can go on an adventure in the house!

Don’t worry if the drawing is not a figure or person, it can be any shape or pattern – get creative!