Paper Dolls in Notebooks {50 Things Series}

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Blog Series 50 Things to Put Into a Notebook

Here is another installment in the 50 Things series, blog posts based on 50 Things to Put in a Notebook, one of the most popular how to posts here at The Notebooking Fairy.

Today’s topic is paper dolls for your notebook.

Fifty Things to Put into a Notebook:  #4 Paper Dolls

Paper dolls are great for narrating after a lesson, especially for younger children. But even middle schoolers may benefit from them at certain times. An example is my 7th grader’s study of The Iliad .

iliad puppets in hand

Iliad Puppets

These character cards from a study of The Iliad served as simple puppets when we glued them onto craft sticks. The Iliad  has a full cast of dozens of characters that are easy to confuse. Who is on what side? What god supports which hero?

Having a physical representation for each soldier and god helped us to keep track while we read. Then when the book study was over, the puppets were stored in the ancient history notebook inside a page protector.

king lear puppets

Puppets from Shakespeare’s King Lear

Other children who like crafty projects may really enjoy making or coloring puppets as you read aloud. These King Lear puppets are examples. Then when the reading is over, you have perfect tools for re-enacting the story just like you were are at the theater.

To get you started with paper dolls in your notebooks, here are some great links:

Retail Paper Doll Books

Free Printable Paper Dolls

If you have ever found your notebooks growing boring, just stay tuned to this series as you see how varied they can be. There are at least fifty different ways!

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Jimmie Quick

Jimmie is now a veteran homeschool mom. Her daughter Emma is a student of the sciences at a large university in Illinois. Her guide to notebooking—Notebooking Success—guides you through notebooking: what it is; how to use it; how it fits a Charlotte Mason, classical, and textbook curriculum; tips for getting the most educational value from it; and much more. It comes bundled with several bonuses, including a small set of generic notebooking pages that can be used with any topic.

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Rebecca Reply

My sweet girl will love this!

Aadel Reply

Another great site for finding paper dolls is the Mostly Paper Dolls blog:

Mary Reply

Oh — we loved the character cards from the Iliad. I didn’t use them in a notebook, but my little guy loved to play with them and act out the story during read-aloud times!

I had never thought of incorporating paper dolls into notebooking. What a great idea, Jimmie!! I guess the possibilities are really limitless, right??

Nadene Reply

I’m delighted to find my paper dolls here! Thanks for the link. I’m trying to find the time to finish some more paper men for each era … they have been in draft for absolutely ages, but I’m motivated again – thank Jimmie!

Veronica Maria Jarski Reply

What a lovely, lovely site you have here, Jimmie. Thanks for including Paper Dali!

And I’m definitely visiting the other sites, too. 🙂

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