Paper Dolls and Blueberry Slice

For Christmas, Grace received, amongst others, a beautiful book called The Paper Dolls (by Julia Donaldson and illustrations by Rebecca Cobb) We were reading it last night and afterwards talked about making our own paper dolls… which is exactly what we did, today!


(note the bandaged finger: we had high drama last week when Grace got a long splinter embedded in her finger; it came out on Monday thankfully after a very anxious weekend and many poultices. Homeopathic Silica eventually pushed it out over night on Sunday in the nick of time before we went back to the hospital. Whew)

After we made the small paper dolls, we decided to make like-size ones: we had huge rolls of paper, thanks to my parents; so we lay it flat on the ground, then Grace, James and Michael lay down to be drawn around (Liam wanted to draw his foot only!!)

P1010893We had such a laugh doing this! And when we had drawn around the figures, they each coloured “themselves” in. James even drew a car in his hand with all of us in it:

P1010896Once coloured in, we cut them out and dated each one. James’ colouring doesn’t show up here, but he drew in details like each finger and eyes, the cutie. And Grace coloured in her bandaged thumb for posterity…!P1010906The mad “creature” attached to James’ foot is Liam’s foot, whom he has called ‘Kevin’:


At the moment the giant paper children are lying on the kitchen floor waiting for their daddy to come home, making the kitchen look like a scene from C.S.I. :-)

And whilst I am here in the kitchen, let me share a delicious recipe from the kitchen of Wholesome Ireland; Blueberry Slice:P1010875I was originally going to make this with raspberries, but I cannot eat enough blueberries at the minute, the cravings! I made this recipe for Blueberry Slice almost exactly (I just addded 50g more blueberries). A gorgeously fruity delight! Thanks Caitriona!




17 thoughts on “Paper Dolls and Blueberry Slice

  1. “Kevin” is hilarious! They draw around all the children at our nursery school every year, and let them paint in their faces and hair and clothes, and then they display them all up the corridor. So much fun!

    And those slices look divine.

  2. I am so jealous of the ginormous paper but also think we may not be ready for something so exciting yet, there’d be no way to stop my two using it until there was none left, we’d probably all end up wrapped in it! But still, that is such a brilliant, fun thing to do. Yum to blueberry slices, will have to give them a go.

  3. Fab living dolls Emily! We had that lovely book from the library before Christmas and the two loved it! You have CSI – well our M lays her teddies and dolls out all around the house and covers each completely with a tea towel! Looks like a horrific scene of a toy road traffic accident!! X
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  4. @joanna We have a couple of rolls that size. James absolutely loves it, the scale works well for him, and the freedom is completely delicious!

  5. Christine, It’s such fun, and our little ones just loved looking at “themselves” in scale! Liam is talking about reproducing Kevin as a sock puppet… He may yet go down in the annals of our family history I think…

  6. Eithne, it would really inspire a paper doll session, wouldn’t it? Try the large scale, your girlies would get a real kick out of it!!

  7. Love the life size dolls, an Au Pair we had did this with the girls and they loved it…must do again and see how they have changed

  8. Elizabeth, I’ve kept the life sized dolls, I know that even in a year they will be fascinated to see how much they have grown! I keep meaning to “just” do hands and feet… Maybe tomorrow! X

  9. I’ve been meaning to do the ‘giant paper dolls’ with my girls, becasue they are fascinated with the human body, and how tall they are and how they are growing etc. There’s my project for the weekend ;)

    Also, I am crying laughing at ‘Kevin’. So funny! Kids are genius.
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  10. Oh Sadhbh, they will absolutely love it! Grace wants to make a single one so she can “dance with herself” :-)

  11. Must keep an eye out for that book, looks lovely. The paper dolls and life sized ones look fantastic…. I love the csi reference. The blueberry slices look really delicious but I’d be afraid I’d eat them all myself ;0)
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  12. Emily,

    your beautiful fairy arrived yesterday. Thank you. My kids started a new school this week and one of them was feeling a bit anxious about it all. So shes taken her to school today to keep her company. We got that beautiful book as a gift recently too – it is lovely.

    Hope you are keeping warm and snug.


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  13. Oh Dee, I’m really delighted! Xx I’m sure you are sunning yourselves, we are windswept and wet (normal days here then :-D !!)

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