I ran a really successful and very fun workshop on the last Friday of half-term in the library. I really love running these workshops and they are a great part of my job. This one was based on ‘The Paper Dolls' by Julia Donaldson.
I missed the chance in the Summer to participate in Julia Donaldson’s campaign to create the longest paper doll chain as I was concentrating on the Summer Reading challenge. So I decided that we’d so something a little different.
Firstly we read the book together and learnt about the imaginary world of the paper dolls. We concentrated on the different appearences of the dolls and what they were wearing.
I gave each child a bare paper doll and a dice. They used the dice to choose the hat/hair, top and bottoms for thier doll. If they didn’t like what they got they had to roll the dice again until they liked what they had. The children were really enthusiastic about this.
After colouring in the dolls the children attached them to colourful lolly sticks to make puppets. Some children made two so they could have the dolls holding hands.
The children then answered a character questionnaire about their dolls, encouraging them to use their imagination to create a personality for thier doll.