July 6, 2010
Paper (and other) Princesses
Not all fairy tales are centuries old, and not all princesses are flesh and blood...
The Paper Princess by Elisa Kleven
When a little girl loses her paper princess to the wind, it begins an adventure for the paper doll as she flies over a river, past a carnival, and into town. Through her adventures she despairs of ever finding her little girl again. Eventually though, through a series of fortunate events, she is happily reunited.
Kleven's artwork is always delightful, and while I found the story only moderately entertaining, E loved it. She's read it twice on her own and asked me to read it to her once. The idea of a beloved paper princess has captured her imagination, so of course we needed to create our very own Paper Princess.
Using a simple doll shape, I cut out a paper doll for E from card stock. She used crayons, tissue paper, and stickers to decorate her doll. This was such an easy craft, but kept her entertained for nearly an hour.
While we waited for the doll to dry, she wanted to play her favorite iPod game app: Make Me a Princess. This free app is a digital paper doll your little girl will love dressing up. She can choose the hair, dress, shoes, and all accessories - including background - to build a princess of her own.
If real paper dolls are more your thing, I found these adorable vintage paper dolls available to print for free. Or you can create this charming chalkboard from Ruffles & Stuff to dress up a doll and erase her outfit when you're done!
I'm linking up to:
- ABC & 123's Show and Tell