For the kids ...
Making paper doll chains
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This one is an old favourite but sometimes it’s nice to be reminded of the obvious. Making a chain of paper dolls is a quick and easy craft activity but you may be surprised at how entertaining kids can find it and how a whole afternoon can disappear in this pursuit. You will need: Light cardboard or sturdy paper Scissors Pens, markers and crayons Decorative materials such as scraps of paper and fabric, buttons, lace, trim, glitter, tin-foil, stickers, sequins etc. Glue Cut a strip of paper about 10 cm high and as long as you like. The longer the strip, the more dolls you will end up with. Fold the strip of paper accordion style, making each panel about 6cm or so wide Your (older) child can draw a figure on the top panel making sure that parts of the body (hands, feet etc) touch the sides of the panel. Cut around the figure but don’t cut along the folds where the parts of the body touch. Unfold the chain of dolls and then decorate with either just markers and crayons or use glue and stick on all sorts of wondrous outfits. Older children will be quite capable of drawing their own shape on the top panel. Preschoolers may need you to draw the figure and cut out the shape but will have plenty of fun unfolding the chain and then decorating it once you are done.