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 .
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.
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
- Nadene’s paper dolls at Practical Pages (ancient through modern days)
- Paper Dali (historic and Catholic)
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!